St. Patrick's Day 101: From the Perfect Pint to the Irish Celebration

Barry O'Donovan, a native of Ireland and owner of the Kilkenny House pub in Cranford, talks about how the holiday was celebrated during his childhood on the Emerald Isle.

Think you're celebrating St. Patrick's Day like a true Irishman when you scarf down all that corned beer and cabbage and sip on green beer? Think again. The popular holiday to honor the spirit of the Welshman who led the snakes out of the Emerald Isle — during which everyone claims they've all got a bit of Irish in 'em - is steeped in tradition, but a lot of it differs dramatically from the way St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in Ireland.

Barry O'Donovan, a native of the Emerald Isle and owner of in downtown Cranford, recently spoke to Patch about his childhood in Ireland, how his family celebrated St. Patrick's Day, and how a perfect pint of Guinness should be poured.

John D'Achino March 16, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Nice job Toni . . . I have had a pint or three in Mr. O'Donovan's establishment and I must say his Guinness is always well poured!!
Toniann Antonelli March 16, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Thanks, John! Barry is a stickler about pouring Guinness - his bartenders all know how to do it! Good stuff!
Attack of the Baseball Cards March 17, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Nice interview Toni! Thanks...
Camp Hater March 17, 2013 at 09:35 PM
O' the Guinness......a fine day to have a few there....
Stephanie T March 18, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Love this place not to mention they have the BEST hamburgers!


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