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Go green: Find your own luck of the Irish at St. Patrick’s Day events


Volunteers, from left, Judy Cantu, Danny Cantu and Edward Drazick serve dinner at last year’s Brother Mathias Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner. (Journal File)

stpatricksALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Whether your family hails from Emerald Isle or you’re Irish only one day a year, St. Patrick’s Day is an opportunity to hoist the shamrock and maybe a pint or two.

And there is plenty on offer locally to help you celebrate.

There’s the local biggie: the 65th Annual Brother Mathias Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner, a fundraiser for the Good Shepherd Center, which helps the homeless and disadvantaged.

It’s a fun Irish feast for the entire family with live music, entertainment and children’s games from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children, and can be purchased at Garson’s, the Good Shepherd Center, FaithWorks, Immaculate Conception Church, Holy Family Religious Supplies, online at or at the door.

In addition, many local drinking establishments are hosting special events, such as the St. Patrick’s Day Blowout at the Marble Brewery, 111 Marble NW; Irish Night With the Family Coal – Unplugged at the Mine Shaft Tavern, 846 NM 14 in Madrid; and Irish beer and food specials and bagpipes at Two Fools Tavern, 3211 Central NE.

Here are a few other offerings around the area, not just on St. Patrick’s Day, but throughout the week.

Run up a thirst

The NM Shamrock Shuffle is an annual holiday favorite that gets people moving.

Finish a 10K and feel less guilty about that pint you’ll enjoy later.

All races start and end at the Rio Rancho Aquatic Center, 745 Loma Colorado Drive NE in Rio Rancho.

The 10-Miler starts at 8:30 a.m., 10K at 8:45 a.m., 5K at 9 a.m. and the Kids K at 10:15 a.m.

Costs range from $15-$45.

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Party like you’re Irish

Enjoy Irish music, dancing, bagpipers and more at the Irish-American Society of New Mexico’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Party.

Festivities run from 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at the German American Club, 4821 Menaul NE.

Admission is $7 for adults, $2 for kids ages 2-12 and free under 2.

For information, go to

Kids go green

The weekly Stories in the Sky at the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum takes on a St. Patrick’s Day hue with “GREEN. GREEN. GREEN,” a celebration of the grandeur of green with green books, green songs, green food and maybe a few pots of gold, on Wednesday, March 16.

Along with a story, kids enjoy arts and crafts, music and song.

Geared toward ages 0-6, there are two sessions: 9:30-10:15 a.m. and 11-11:45 a.m.

Admission is free for children and their adult companions.

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Pub shenanigans

O’Niell’s Pub does St. Patrick’s Day in a big way.

In addition to Irish specialties such as corned beef and cabbage and lamb stew, the pubs, at 4310 Central SE in Nob Hill and 3301 Juan Tabo NE in the Heights, feature music, celebrations and dance all week.

At the Nob Hill location, enjoy the Tir Conaill Irish Step Dancers at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 13, and 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 15. The High Desert Pipes and Drums will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13, 8 p.m. Monday, March 14, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, and at 2 and 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17.

There will also be a St. Patrick’s Day Pet Photo Shoot from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at the Nob Hill pub.

At the Heights location, enjoy the Tir Conaill Irish Step Dancers at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13, and 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 15. The High Desert Pipes and Drums will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 13, 7 p.m. Monday, March 14, 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, and at 1 and 8 p.m. Thursday, March 17.

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Peddle for Patty

Get your shamrock on as you sample the best pubs in Downtown Albuquerque aboard the St. Patty’s Day Pub Ride from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17.

Dress in green and be “green” on the eco-friendly, 14-passenger, pedal-powered party bike. Includes exclusive discounts at stops.

Tickets are $25, age 21 and up only.

Hosted by the Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory, 219 Central NW, Suite 102.

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