Here’s hoping for the luck of the Irish …

St. Patrick’s Day is once again upon us. And for a town with so many pubs, we all know Ottawa certainly can celebrate.

Did you know that Canada is home to 4.5 million people with some sort of Irish ties? (More than 12 per cent of the population!)

But even if Guinness, green beer or whiskey isn’t your thing, there’s lots of other stuff going on:

  • The Irish Society of the National Capital Region (NCR) is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day luncheon at the National Irish Canadian Cultural Centre — appropriately located at 310 St. Patrick St. But tickets are supposed to be bought in advance, which might mean Irish luck is working against you.
  • Pick up your own ingredients to make an Irish-themed meal, including supplies for Irish Stew, Irish Soda Bread, and chocolate Guinness Stout Cupcakes with Bailey’s icing.
  • Take a walk along the Rideau Canal, which was constructed by thousands of Irish workers in the early 1800s, stopping by the Corktown Footbridge by Somerset, named after the Irish shantytown that housed the labourers.
  • The Ottawa Storytellers are presenting Clare Muireann Murphy, an Irish “myth-teller” at the NAC as she delves into “On the Heels of the Hound,” charting the path of Cuchulainn, a mythological Irish hero.
  • The Ottawa Little Theatre is currently presenting an Irish-linked play, Frank McGuiness’s Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme. Nightly showings run at 8 p.m., from Tuesday to Saturday, until the end of the month. (There’s one 2 p.m. Sunday matinee remaining, too, on March 27.)
  • And if you can’t celebrate until the weekend, Montreal’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade — the largest is Canada — is being held on Sunday. A road trip could be a good way to wind out a week.

Happy St. Patty’s Day, Ottawa! Because on March 17, everyone’s Irish!