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Irish Pub Gives Patrons Authentic St. Patrick's Day Celebration

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

DONELSON, Tenn. - A lot of people got an early start celebrating St. Patrick's Day in the midstate. In a big white house on Lebanon Pike in Donelson, there's a little piece of Ireland.

"Oh yeah it's gorgeous," one Irish patron said. "Even coming in and getting a cup of tea, it's like being in me mother's kitchen."

It's a place where some of the accents are as thick as the Guinness on tap. At McNamara's Irish Pub and Restaurant, they're counting down to Saint Patrick's Day.

"He's the patron Saint of Ireland and it's a big deal," patron Mairead Niscanlainstoffel said.

It's a celebration steeped in religious tradition.

"St. Patrick's day is a holy day of obligation," owner Paula McNamara said. "We do celebrate that fact that St. Patrick did bring Christianity to Ireland."

"In Ireland we'd go to mass," Niscanlainstoffel said. "We'd wear our shamrocks on our lapels."

Here shamrock's are not just for decoration, it's just part of owner Paula McNamara's heritage.

"On St. Patrick's Day we probably would've had bacon and cabbage mostly," McNamara remembers from her days growing up in Northern Ireland.

"It's important that they understand the authenticity, the authentic Ireland," Niscanlainstoffel said. " The real culture, the real language, the great hearts of the Irish people."

It's a little piece of their home for everyone to enjoy.

"We want them to go home saying that was wonderful," McNamara said. "I was able to celebrate my Irish heritage at McNamara's."

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