Thursday, March 06, 2008

The pipes aren't calling

The owner of Foley's Pub and Restaurant across the street from the Empire State Building is taking a stand. Shaun Clancy is banning "Danny Boy" from his establishment for the entire month of March.

"It's overplayed, it's been ranked among the 25 most depressing songs of all time and it's more appropriate for a funeral than for a St. Patrick's Day celebration," Clancy told the Associated Press.

In fact, Foley's hosted a pre-St. Patrick's Day karaoke party on Tuesday and Clancy promised a free Guiness to anyone who sang any Irish song other than "Danny Boy."

On a slightly related note, a former favorite watering hole mine is about to be wiped off the Earth. Eamonn’s Loudon House will be demolished on March 12, just five days before the holiday that made it one of the most popular places in town every March 17.

Eamonn's was destoyed by a fire in 2005.

For the last three years, I've driven past the boarded up shell of the building every day on my way to and from work. As much as I enjoyed the place, it did slide downhill a bit toward the end and the burned out husk is an eyesore now. It will be good to put the place out of its misery.

You can read more about the demolition here and here and read a fitting tribute from friend and former Eamonn's waitress Sweetpea.


leathej1 said...

Oh no! I thought by now they would have rebuilt by now. Alas, I hardly knew her, but for one St. Patty's.

Sarah said...

Thanks for the update on the timing -- and for the shout-out to my post about the demolition. A week's respite isn't much, and won't save it, obviously, but I am somehow heartened to know it is still there.

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