Beyond the Green- A Nod To Irish Culture on St. Patrick’s Day In Seattle

Guinness PintTop of the morning to you, Seattle.  Today, March 17th is the designated feast day of St. Patrick, the man credited with taking Christianity to Ireland through the symbol of the shamrock and leaving us all with St. Patrick’s Day.  With roughly 34 million Americans laying claim to Irish ancestry, today is also a day where people gather in crowds to celebrate the Irish culture in pubs, parties and parades.

This past weekend, Seattleites marched in the parade and dashed in costumes in the annual F5 St. Patrick’s Day Dash, 50,000 people gathered to watch the Chicago river glow a bright emerald green, and today millions have lined the streets in New York, to cheer on the 250,000 people marching up 5th Avenue in the annual St Patrick’s day parade that kicked off in 1762.

This year, however, we wanted to look beyond the leprechauns, the Guinness gulping, the shamrocks and the “Kiss Me I’m Irish” tees of standard St. Paddy’s Day partying to give a nod to the richness of Irish culture that is sometimes overlooked in the sea of green that tends to dominate these celebrations and offer you a different kind of celebratory To Do:

Read anything from this list of great Irish literature:
Bennion & Deville Seattle Ireland is a country that has suffered through decades of poverty, famine, and degradation its literary history is rich with novels that tell of these woes.  Tonight enjoy a pint of Guinness or an Irish coffee while kicking back to devour one of these fine works from some of Ireland’s finest literary masters:

Anything by Oscar Wilde
Ulysses by James Joyce
Walter Macken’s The Silent People
John McGahern’s Amongst Women
Molly Keane’s Good Behaviour
Colm Toibin’s  The Blackwater Lightship
Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls
Beckett’s Waiting For Godot

Toast to Influential Politicians of Irish Decent:
Don’t forget the Kennedy’s & Ronald Reagan,

Watch a film featuring a great Irish actor:

Great Irish Actor Peter O'Toole. Image source IMDB
Great Irish Actor Peter O’Toole. Image source IMDB

Don your green sweats and scour your Netflix for anything starring:

Peter O’TooleLawrence of Arabia, Ratatouille, The Last Emporer
Daniel Day LewisLincoln, There Will Be Blood, Gangs of New York, The Boxer
Colin FarrellSaving Mr. Banks, The Recruit, Miami Vice, Winter’s Tale
Pierce BrosnanGolden Eye, Die Another Day, Tomorrow Never Dies, Mrs. Doubtfire
Gabriel ByrneThe Usual Suspects, Miller’s Crossing, Enemy of the State
Liam Neeson (who, in the true spirit of the day, even once worked as a forklift operator for Guinness) – Taken, Schindler’s List, Star Wars, Batman Begins

Unwind listening to one of these great Irish musicians:
U2, Van Morrison, The Cranberries, Sinead O’Connor, Snow Patrol, The Dubliners, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, Johnny McEvoy, The Script
And how could we forget the soothing ballads and orchestral works of Enya.

Pick up a loaf of soda bread from one of these fine Seattle bakeries:
The Essential Baking CompanyBennion & Deville
Wallingford – 1604 N 34th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Madison Valley – 2719 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98122
Georgetown – 5601 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
Macrina Bakery & Cafe
Belltown – 2408 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Industrial District – 1943 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98127

And last, but certainly not least, be sure to drop by one of Seattle’s best Irish pubs for a cold pint and a bit of a jig!

Bennion & DevilleFado Irish Pub & Restaurant
Friendly atmosphere, popular with the after work crowd
801 First Ave, Downtown

Owl N’ Thistle Irish Pub & Restaurant
Opened in 1930, this Seattle landmark is an inviting and lively St. Patrick’s Day destination that is definitely going to be sporting some green on the dance floor tonight.
808 Post Ave., Downtown

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub
Bennion & Deville If this sunny-ish weather holds up, dine on the view-boasting patio of the Pink Door and squeeze your way through Post Alley’s tourists for a cold beer and whirl around the crowded dance floor of this pub.  Kells’ Irish owners have a long-standing tradition of drawing the crowds to seriously celebrate St. Paddy and we’re sure tonight will be no different.
1916 Post Alley., Downtown/Belltown

Seattle local Peter Johnson is owner to several of Seattle’s favorite Irish stomping grounds including:
The Chieftain, 12th ave right across the street from Seattle University as well as Madison Park’s family friendly McGilvra’s; both of which draw friendly locals and regulars, serve up cold beers on tap and offer a menu that is a mix of traditional Irish grub (think  corned beef & cabbage, shepherd’s pie) and American bar staples.
The Chieftain – 908 12th Ave, Capitol Hill
McGilvra’s – 4243 E. Madison, Madison Park

Wild Rover Irish Pub & Restaurant
An eastside favorite, this Irish pub in Kirkland features several themed rooms including a billiards room, a fireplace to cozy up to and a library.
111 Central Way, Kirkland.



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The Bennion & Deville team are thrilled to show off our newest listing, a beautiful three-level contemporary nestled into a tree-studded hillside in a quiet neighborhood of Finn Hill, a Kirkland neighborhood rich in woodlands and waterways.  Built in 2001, this spacious home boasts soaring ceilings, big windows that look out onto the lushly planted hillside and an open floor plan ideal for contemporary living including a dramatic 2-story entrance foyer, an open kitchen-living layout, and large bedrooms and living spaces.  The Kitchen features high-end stainless steel appliances including a beverage cooler and viking gas cook-top, granite countertops, and maple cabinetry. The home’s big beautiful master has a gas fireplace, a large en suite bathroom and walk-in closet.  The rest of the house features some peek-a-boo views of Lake Washington, a media room, a fabulous craft room, 2 stone terraces and an attached 3-car garage.  With downtown Kirkland and Juanita beach so close, this property is just minutes away from fabulous public beach access, a city park, farmers markets, great shopping, performing arts centers, schools and amazing Eastside restaurants (see below for some of our recommendations).

Stats: 4 bedrooms, 3½ baths, 3 fireplaces; media room, home office, bonus room.

Systems:  AC, Surround sound throughout, Built-in vac, Security system

Bob Bennion, Bob Deville Windermere Listing Kirkland

This eastern shoreline of Lake Washington has many other activities to offer that take advantage of the beautiful views and scenery.  Below are just a few of these wonderful neighborhood amenities and attractions to explore:

Bennion & Deville Fine Homes
Juanita Beach Park

Juanita Beach Park:  Fabulous public beach with U-shaped swimming area, big dock, shallow water, sandy beach, tennis courts, baseball diamond, BBQ facilities and many trails for walking/running.

OO Denny Park: a 46 acre park on Lake Washington at the foot of Finn Hill complete with many trails for hiking and biking, picnic tables, and Lake Washington shoreline.

St. Edward State Park: a 316 acre park smack in the middle of a beautiful suburban setting with 3000 feet of freshwater shoreline on Lake Washington, a rich history, and beautiful architecture. This park is great for hiking and biking on its miles of trails that lead to the shoreline, it has the largest kids playground structure in the greater seattle area, large open fields for field games and picnicking, and great swimming area for swimmimg and wading.  It even hosts a series of outdoor concerts in the summer. (Discover Pass; $30 or $10 day parking w/park entry required)

Rent paddle boards from North West Paddle Surfers and cruise the lake.

Some of Bennion & Deville’s favorite Kirkland restaurants:

  • Cactus – Lively, very family friendly mexican restaurant.
  • Café Juanita – Small romantic Italian restaurant with incredible food and great atmosphere.
  • Trellis Restaurant – New American food w/farm-to-table influence, great outdoor patio for summer dining.
  • Purple Café and Wine Bar – Solid food, fabulous wine selection, great meeting spot or date spot!
  • Volterra – Delicious Italian food, and the contemporary sister to it’s original Ballard location.

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