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Paddy O'Furniture vocalist Kerry O'Reilly, fiddler and vocalist Matt Mayes, and mandolin and bouzouki player Andy Crippen provided some of the event's live entertainment. (Photos by Ian Swaby)

Halfway to St. Patricks Day offers a full set of festivities in Lakewood Ranch

Sunday, Sep. 18, 2022 |

Paddy O'Furniture vocalist Kerry O'Reilly, fiddler and vocalist Matt Mayes, and mandolin and bouzouki player Andy Crippen provided some of the event's live entertainment. (Photos by Ian Swaby)

Damion Hedington offers free drinks to Palmetto's Ron and Valeria Schaffman.

Sunday, Sep. 18, 2022 |

Damion Hedington offers free drinks to Palmetto's Ron and Valeria Schaffman.

Lakewood Ranch's 6-year-old Lily Alexander looks on as magician Mike Jones demonstrates a very hot magic trick.

Sunday, Sep. 18, 2022 |

Lakewood Ranch's 6-year-old Lily Alexander looks on as magician Mike Jones demonstrates a very hot magic trick.

Food and drink stands at the event served items from McGrath's Irish Ale House.

Sunday, Sep. 18, 2022 |

Food and drink stands at the event served items from McGrath's Irish Ale House.

Waterside's 6-year-old Julianna Solomon and Lakewood Ranch's 6-year-old Lily Alexander watch as and magician Mike Jones demonstrates balloon sculptures.

Sunday, Sep. 18, 2022 |

Waterside's 6-year-old Julianna Solomon and Lakewood Ranch's 6-year-old Lily Alexander watch as and magician Mike Jones demonstrates balloon sculptures.

Bagpipe player Ross Allen greets The Fish Hole owner Mike Driscoll.

Sunday, Sep. 18, 2022 |

Bagpipe player Ross Allen greets The Fish Hole owner Mike Driscoll.

The festivities also included Ed's Tavern, also co-owned by Bruce Mahnke.

Sunday, Sep. 18, 2022 |

The festivities also included Ed's Tavern, also co-owned by Bruce Mahnke.

Myakka's Jerome Minton and Ami Bensaid, decided to come help out McGrath's as employees of the former restaurant in the location, MacAllisters Grill & Tavern.

Sunday, Sep. 18, 2022 |

Myakka's Jerome Minton and Ami Bensaid, decided to come help out McGrath's as employees of the former restaurant in the location, MacAllisters Grill & Tavern.

Bagpipe player Ross Allen makes his way through McGrath's.

Sunday, Sep. 18, 2022 |

Bagpipe player Ross Allen makes his way through McGrath's.

Catherine Sier and Christina Deacy from Drake School of Irish Dance entertain customers at McGrath's.

Sunday, Sep. 18, 2022 |

Catherine Sier and Christina Deacy from Drake School of Irish Dance entertain customers at McGrath's.

11-year-old Daniel Messina from Apollo Beach plays t-ball with a floating ball.

Sunday, Sep. 18, 2022 |

11-year-old Daniel Messina from Apollo Beach plays t-ball with a floating ball.

Rosedale's 6-year-old Charlotte Bravo, 6-year-old Alex Helton, and 3-year old Calista Bravo try using the dance platform.

Sunday, Sep. 18, 2022 |

Rosedale's 6-year-old Charlotte Bravo, 6-year-old Alex Helton, and 3-year old Calista Bravo try using the dance platform.

McGrath's offers over 50 Irish whiskeys and offered drink specials during the event.

Sunday, Sep. 18, 2022 |

McGrath's offers over 50 Irish whiskeys and offered drink specials during the event.

Lakewood Ranch's Jennifer Volpe and her 5-year-old daughter Ella Volpe play Connect Four.

Sunday, Sep. 18, 2022 |

Lakewood Ranch's Jennifer Volpe and her 5-year-old daughter Ella Volpe play Connect Four.

Sarasota's Ross Allen plays bagpipes at the event.

Sunday, Sep. 18, 2022 |

Sarasota's Ross Allen plays bagpipes at the event.

Sarasota's Robert Weist and Makayla Emanuele decided to grab a table after unexpectedly discovering the event.

Sunday, Sep. 18, 2022 |

Sarasota's Robert Weist and Makayla Emanuele decided to grab a table after unexpectedly discovering the event.

Gary and Roberta Kimes, who are moving into Esplanade, came out to enjoy Irish culture.

Sunday, Sep. 18, 2022 |

Gary and Roberta Kimes, who are moving into Esplanade, came out to enjoy Irish culture.

Lakewood Ranch's Ashley Johnston, Gerilyn Wayman, and Suzanne Chisholm, and Ellenton's Raquel Mitchell celebrate the journey halfway to St. Patrick's Day.

Sunday, Sep. 18, 2022 |

Lakewood Ranch's Ashley Johnston, Gerilyn Wayman, and Suzanne Chisholm, and Ellenton's Raquel Mitchell celebrate the journey halfway to St. Patrick's Day.

Catherine Sier and 12-year-old Shai Mitzafon from Drake School Irish Dance perform in McGrath's.

Sunday, Sep. 18, 2022 |

Catherine Sier and 12-year-old Shai Mitzafon from Drake School Irish Dance perform in McGrath's.

Teeling Whiskey employee Jennifer Bruggemann watches a Jenga game being played by Lakewood Ranch's 7-year-old Mason Wood and his father Brian Wood.

Sunday, Sep. 18, 2022 |

Teeling Whiskey employee Jennifer Bruggemann watches a Jenga game being played by Lakewood Ranch's 7-year-old Mason Wood and his father Brian Wood.

McGrath's employee Mae Quinn and McGrath's leprechaun Mike Avery make the rounds on Main Street.

Sunday, Sep. 18, 2022 |

McGrath's employee Mae Quinn and McGrath's leprechaun Mike Avery make the rounds on Main Street.

Debbie Kuykendall from Lexington, South Carolina and her friends, St. Pete's Raydonna Tritch and Parrish's Pat Flett, learn about the whiskeys on sale.

Sunday, Sep. 18, 2022 |

Debbie Kuykendall from Lexington, South Carolina and her friends, St. Pete's Raydonna Tritch and Parrish's Pat Flett, learn about the whiskeys on sale.

Bradenton's 4-year-old Athena Karagiannis examines a Pluto balloon from magician Mike Jones.

Sunday, Sep. 18, 2022 |

Bradenton's 4-year-old Athena Karagiannis examines a Pluto balloon from magician Mike Jones.

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