The Curragh Traditional Irish Pub

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Holland, Michigan

We’ll be telling some Irish tales and yarns to help The Curragh celebrate its 15th anniversary in Holland. The owners are planning quite a Rí Rá and we’re excited to be part of it.

It’s a two day affair. Friday’s affair includes ClanDonnell storytelling from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Guinness will be there as well. (Not Arthur Guinness himself, but someone from the Guinness company.) Patrons will receive an engraved glass, plus perhaps a pint of Guinness.

Rí Rá, by the way, comes from the Irish Rí Rá Agus Ruaile Buaili, which generally means a ruckus, or at least good fun, usually associated with fine food and either a pint of Guinness or Uisce Beatha. Uisce Beatha, by the way, literally means water of life and the first word is pronounced an awful lot like whiskey.

Visit The Curragh and its Facebook site.

We had a brilliant time at The Curragh. We told some stories, help sell some Guinness, and did whatever we could to help the pub celebrate its 15th anniversary in Holland.

We knew going in that there are more than one common uses of the word curragh. The pub’s website didn’t state which one was the source of the pub’s name, so we took a gamble. And of course, we got it wrong.

We started the set with the story of the boat common in the west of Ireland, known as the curragh, which is sometimes spelled in English as currac. The word is sometimes pronounced KER-rig, and sometimes KER-ick, and sometimes KER-ah.

The pub uses the KER-ah pronunciation. But the pub is not named after the boat at all! It’s named after the Irish horse racing course.

Check out the short story I told about the Curragh and the voyage of St. Brendan.

Go to more on The Curragh Racecourse in County Kidare