Bath gets in the Irish spirit

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BATH — For those who’ve had enough of white snow and brown mud, here’s a little green.

The City of Ships once again becomes the City of the Irish this month, hosting a variety of events centered around St. Patrick’s Day, from March 11-17.

Byrnes’ Irish Pub at 38 Centre St. offers an “Irish Seisun” at 7 p.m. Monday, March 11, and an trivia the next night at the same time.

A “More than Blarney” Irish cultural evening, with poetry and traditional music from the country, will be held at the Bath City Hall Auditorium on Friday, March 15, from 5-6:30 p.m. A family dance with live Irish music will be held at Bath Dance Works, 72 Front St., from 6:30-8 p.m., and an “Ugly Green” contest will run at Mae’s Cafe, 160 Centre St., at 7 p.m.

A “Shamrock Sprint” 5k run will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 16; email or for registration forms, and call 522-7211 for more information.

What’s billed as Maine’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade will start at 11 a.m. that day, and the theme is Irish spirit. The route runs from St. Mary’s Church on Lincoln Street to Front and Centre streets, and it will wrap up at the City Park gazebo.

A tug-of-war at City Hall, sponsored by the Universe Gym, follows at 1 p.m. And then, from 7-10 p.m., is Bath’s second annual Blarney Ball. The Winter Street Center event, at 880 Washington St., costs $15 a person, and features light refreshments, dancing, a live band, desserts, door prizes and a cash bar.

An Irish soda bread-baking contest will be held at Now You’re Cooking, 49 Front St., on Sunday, March 17. Entries have to be dropped off between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and judges will looking at appearance, ingredients, texture and taste.

A St. Patrick’s Day celebration will be held that day at downtown restaurants and pubs, with live music featured at Byrnes’ Irish Pub.

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Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.