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Reservations now open for Raglan Road’s Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival—Unplugged!

by Susan and Simon Veness

“The Mighty Festival—Unplugged!” at Raglan Road Irish Pub in Disney Springs may be a more intimate celebration this year, but it still has all the foot-stomping music, superb food, creative cocktails, and high-energy Irish dancing that have made it a festival like no other!

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Gathering around the bar and the stage is out, but sipping Irish whiskey, craft beers, and handmade cocktails while indulging in kicked-up versions of authentic Irish dishes is totally in at The Mighty Festival—Unplugged!

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Raglan Road will open at 10 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day (Wednesday, March 17), with two-hour reservation slots now open for booking. Dig in to the pub’s famous Fish & Chips and “throw a Guinness down yer neck” while enjoying live music and entertainment in a socially distanced setting that puts guest safety first.

Although space is limited, Raglan Road co-owner John Cooke says, “Everyone can enjoy the usual lively happenings and practiced hospitality, which includes gift competitions and loads of giveaways. And it remains the best Irish hospitality experience in America.”

Some of the “Emerald Isle’s” finest Irish dancers will be in residence to provide the world-class entertainment Raglan Road is known for. Along with the Raglan Road Irish Dancers, who will perform throughout the festival, this year’s lineup on the main stage includes:

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – The Byrne Brothers: Long-time festival favorites, this family of musicians from Donegal, Ireland, perform traditional Irish music and modern dance beats. Brothers Luca (button accordion), Finn (banjo, mandolin, and whistle), and Dempsey (whistle and bodhran), and their father Tommy (guitar, Uilleann pipes, fiddle, whistles, bagpipes, and bodhran) are always a huge hit with the crowd.
  • From 1:30 p.m. – Slygo: An uplifting mix of traditional and contemporary Irish music and songs are the signature of this talented trio.
  • From 5 p.m. – Close – Men of Aran: Colin Farrell and David Curley, legends in the Irish music world, combine banjo, fiddle, and vocals in rollicking renditions of traditional tunes.

Prefer to enjoy the festival outdoors? The Patio Stage plays host to Aaron O’Sullivan, singer/songwriter/guitarist from County Cork, Ireland. O’Sullivan is a master of traditional ballads and modern Irish songs, and he takes to the stage at noon. Slygo closes out the evening on the patio, starting at 6:30 p.m. Those Fish & Chips you’ve been craving? They can also be ordered “to-go” at quick-serve Cooke’s of Dublin if you’re enjoying the festivities under the balmy skies.

On your way out, browse the pub’s Shop for Ireland boutique for a remembrance of the event, including Celtic jewelry, apparel, hats, home goods, and toys.

“While we’re taking precautions to focus on safety, we want to hold on to the fun and purity of a good old Irish festival,” Cooke says. “Whether this is your first, or one of many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, we encourage you to join us for The Mighty Festival—Unplugged!”

There is a $10 cover charge to attend the event, and reservations are strongly recommended, as space is limited. For more information and to book your two-hour reservation slot, visit RaglanRoad.com.


As a special bonus, check out this recipe and make your own Raglan Road “PJ’s Poison” cocktail at home!

PJ’s Poison

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces of Gunpowder Irish Gin
  • 1 ounce of Lemon Sour
  • 1 tablespoon of Irish Whiskey Marmalade
  • 5 to 6 drops of Rhubarb Bitters
  • 1 muddled orange segment
  • 3 ounces of Fever Tree Tonic Water

Directions:

  1. Muddle Orange and then add Gin, Marmalade, Rhubarb Bitters and Lemon Sour to shaker.
  2. Fill with ice and shake.
  3. Strain over fresh ice. Fill with Fever Tree tonic water.
  4. Garnish with orange twist and enjoy!

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