84th McGinleys’ Golden Ace St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

USA TODAY “10 BEST” NAMES THE ACE AS ONE OF THE TOP 10 PLACES IN THE NATION TO “PARTY LIKE YOUR IRISH ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY”!

McGinleys’ Golden Ace Inn Celebrates It’s 84th St. Patrick’s Day

 

Indy’s oldest Irish Bar, McGinleys’ Golden Ace Inn, has a lot to celebrate. First, it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, when the Ace holds one of the top-10 celebrations in the U.S. (as ranked by USA Today 10Best). Secondly, the Golden Ace remains as the oldest continuous pub celebration in the nation. And to celebrate, the Golden Ace is erecting a huge heated tent in their parking lot and bringing in some of the best in Irish music, with all 3 musical acts direct from Ireland.

Headliners, JigJam, are revolutionizing the Irish music scene with their blend of Irish and Bluegrass.  Legacy, a wonderful four piece band, is one of the best Irish folk and ballad bands in Ireland.  Fellow Irishman Eunan McIntyre is an award-winning singer/songwriter from County Donegal, and Patrick Grant is a Golden Ace crowd favorite who has been performing at the Ace for almost 40 years, while the Donegal Lads keep things lively with performances on drum and bagpipes.

Partygoers needn’t worry about working up an appetite. The St. Pat’s food lineup features corned beef sandwiches and the Ace’s renowned cheeseburger. Beverages include draught beer dispensed by Zink Distributing’s “Bottoms Up” keg (beer fills from the bottom), Irish beers in bottles and soft drinks. But as always, “Absolutely, positively no green beer!” says Ace owner Chuck McGinley.

MUST BE 21 OR OLDER.  CASH ONLY.  INSIDE OPENS AT 10:30 am, TENT AT NOON.

St. Patrick’s Day at the Golden Ace Inn: The Performers

JIGJAM—The hottest new act in Irish music, this 4 piece band from Co. Offaly, Ireland, combines Irish and Bluegrass to form what can only be described as “Celtgrass”.  The Irish American News states that JigJam is “The Best Irish Music Group so far in Bluegrass” and last year they showed it by headlining festivals in Chicago, Boston and Milwaukee!
LEGACY—This four piece Irish folk and ballad band hails from the Midlands of Ireland.  Combining their talents for years, Legacy is one of the best folk bands in Ireland, with Derek Warfield singing their praises.  They’re flying into the States specifically to play at the Ace on St. Patrick’s Day and leaving the next day!

Eunan McIntyre: This Irish singer/songwriter has performed in his native country as well as Canada, Switzerland, Spain and the U.S. The personable performer has won numerous singer/songwriter competitions in Ireland.

Pat Grant: Born in Scotland and raised in Ireland, Pat Grant immigrated to Indianapolis as a young man and has performed at the Ace for more than 30 years.

The Donegal Lads: Eamon and Joseph Hegarty perform lively music on the bagpipes and drums.