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Irish pub

Feb 10, 2004 2:20 AM

The entire month of March will be packed with Irish-inspired activities during "I Feel Fine Month" at the authentic Irish pub at New York-New York, Nine Fine Irishmen.

It all kicks off with a celebration to honor the holiest of Irish holidays, St. Patrick’s Day. To mark the occasion, Nine Fine will host a Celtic Feis, or festival ”” a five-day Guinness drinking, Irish dancing, rip-roaring good time.

Saturday, March 13 through St. Patrick’s Day Wednesday, March 17, the pub will be transformed into a rustic, Irish-countryside setting complete with authentic live bands, Irish vendors, pub grub and much more.

The Celtic Feis gets under way with a ceremony to honor Thomas Meaghar, the most flamboyant and colorful of the nine Irishmen whose lives inspired the creation of the pub.

On Friday, March 12, a statue of Meaghar will be placed in its new permanent home on the Nine Fine patio, named "Meaghar Court."

Guests can jump start their party mood with a pint of Guinness and a taste of true Irish fare. In from Ireland for the celebration is Executive Chef Kevin Dundon, on hand to create the ultimate Irish experience. He’ll take visitors taste buds on a trip to the Emerald Isle with his signature beer battered fish and chips, chicken skewers in whiskey sauce and roast loin of Irish bacon.

Three Irish bands will keep the fine feeling going strong at Celtic Feis: The Mulligans, The Boys from County Hell and Ri-Ra, Nine Fine Irishmen’s house band. Ri-Ra (Irish for "mayhem") plays a mix of traditional Irish music, wild electrical jigs and reels and classic sing-along songs. Ri-Ra created their first CD, available for purchase beginning in March at the festival and at the pub.

Every night at 9 p.m., pub-goers can raise their glasses and voices high with a Nine Fine "Toast to the Nines."