Hopefully, you found “da gold” and the “intestinal processing” of copious amounts of corned beef and cabbage along with green beer didn’t ruin your relationship with friends and loved ones. No one wants to be known as “Stinky” or “Dead Animal.”
Either way, St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans just could not be dampened by the threat of a little rain and locals celebrated harder than the Crichton Leprechaun, with all of our Irish pubs seeing record crowds. I am so proud of my little o’partiers! In addition to all things Irish, we’ve got a little fishy scoop for you as well, so go ahead and dig on into our golden pot o’ gossip.
Follow the rainbow
Every year around St. Patrick’s Day, we all get to look forward to our annual viewing of the infamous NBC 15 “Crichton Leprechaun” video. The 2006 “news report” about an alleged leprechaun (or crackhead) in a tree in Crichton has spawned numerous T-shirts, huggers, editorial cartoons, its own Wikipedia page and even precious cookies by local bakery ellenJay and an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” this year. The Crichton Leprechaun is everywhere! As he should be!
The video, which has been viewed on YouTube more than 27 million times, and the infamous “amateur sketch” are just priceless and one of Mobile’s claims to fame — which I am not sure we should be excited about, but I guess at this point we should just embrace it. Especially since the website Barstool Sports recently made this gem its first-ever inductee to its “Internet Hall of Fame.”
When bestowing this honor, the folks at Barstool wrote this about our Leprechaun: “Our first-ever inductee is, in my opinion, the funniest video to ever exist on the internet. The Leprechaun in Alabama. If you’ve never seen it, you’re probably like 21. Or you’re from outer space. Every St. Patrick’s Day we celebrate this masterpiece of unintentional comedy. If you’re new to this video, your life is about to change forever. And if you’re familiar with it, you know just how important this video was.”
Indeed, Barstool Sports. Indeed.
Callaghan’s finds all kinds of “gold”
The weather for St. Patrick’s Day looked a little iffy earlier in the week, causing stomach ulcers for the purveyors of all of our local Irish pubs. Luckily, the skies cleared and I think it made folks even more anxious to get out and celebrate.
Callaghan’s reported their “largest crowd ever.” And by the looks of their annual group photo, I would say that is accurate. They had great music Friday and Saturday by Red Clay Strays, The Mulligan Brothers, Blackwater Brass and Saturday evening’s headliner, Devon Gilfillian. Gilfillian had like 500 people singing “Lean on Me” at the end of the night. It was as magical as Lucky Charms. (Sorry, I’m running out of Irish expressions!)
My spies reported seeing an actual leprechaun up in a tree near Callaghan’s, though they said it most certainly did not resemble the amateur sketch. Must have been the Oakleigh Leprechaun. We also hear one classy lass peed her pants while ordering a drink from the bar. Instead of going to the restroom to clean up, she just stood there and sipped on her drink in her now-yellow pants. Klassy!
Another spy reported seeing one patron tipping the bartenders with string cheese. People, come on. They want lots of cheddar and cabbage for dealing with you urinating idiots all day, but not in the literal sense. Try harder next year, and might I suggest wearing a pair of Depends, just in case.
Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!
O’Daly’s got their St. Paddy’s Day celebrations started in LoDa super early with “Kegs and Eggs” at 6 a.m. Ouch! Talk about top o’ the morning. They followed up with a champagne brunch and Irish yoga. God bless those yogis. Boozie can barely do a downward dog sober, much less after kegs and champagne. But I kind of want to try it. Maybe next year!
Their annual Green Dress Run did not disappoint as usual, as hundreds took to the streets to “exercise” dressed in green dresses, tights, tutus, Viking helmets and leprechaun attire. It was quite the sight to see! They had fab live music all day with Paw Paw’s Medicine Cabinet, Bag of Donuts and Yeah, Probably rounding out the night. O’yeah!
Mobile’s newest Irish pub, The Dublin Pub & Eatery, opened just in time for their first St. Patrick’s Day. The pub, which is adjacent to the USA campus in the old Picklefish location, was a welcome addition to this year’s Irish celebrations. They also started early, at 6 a.m., with an Irish breakfast buffet that my spies said was super tasty. They also had precious Irish dancers doing their best “Riverdancing” (at least that’s what Boozie calls it) throughout the day, and Venom rocked the house later that evening. I can’t wait to check this place out. In the birthplace of the “Crichton Leprechaun,” you can never have too many Irish pubs! Amirite?
Did you get Lucky?
Lucky’s Irish Pub & Grill promised a “Big Ass” party with a “Big Ass Tent” and plenty of drink specials, which could help you also make a “big ass” of yourself, if you are into that kind of thing. My spies said it was packed and the “car bombs” were delicious yet “quite explosive, so to speak.” Yay! They did not tell me if they made “big asses” of themselves but all signs point to, as the Crichton Leprechaun guy would say, “Yeah!” They also had a great lineup with Albert Simpson, Slide Bayou and DJ Lynch closing things down. I heard lots of folks were shaking their shillelaghs! RRROOWWW!
Across the bay, the folks over at McSharry’s, of course, threw yet another fabulous shindig with their 12th annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration, a party so big it lasted two days. Since the owners hail from Sligo, Ireland, you know you are going to get an authentic St. Patrick’s Day experience when you head to McSharry’s.
My spies said they had some of “the best corned beef and cabbage” they had ever had. YUM! There was green beer all day and “blarney burgers” along with traditional Irish music. And with the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival going on at the same time, it was quite the weekend over in the single-tax colony. I hope no one hurled in the flowers downtown!
Bo knows big fish
We all know Bo knows football and Bo knows baseball, and probably any other sport involving a ball as well. But apparently the immensely talented Bo Jackson of Auburn and NFL and MLB fame knows big fishing, too. Bo and his mates were out on the “Breathe Easy” out of Orange Beach Marina and Bo pulled in a 611-pound tuna, which I am told actually made Bo look kind of small when he stood next to it, if you can believe that.
Um, Bo, I have plenty of room in my freezer. Did you lose my number? Call me.
Well, kids, that’s all I got. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous or some plain ol’ public urination lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!