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Fleadh — what the heck is it?

Here’s your answer! A fleadh is a festival of Irish or Celtic music, dancing, and culture. Like the fleadhs you will experience when you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago Northwest.

So, how do you pronounce fleadh? Go ahead, take a shot at it. How close were you to the correct pronunciation of “fla”? Like a Southern Belle saying “fly”.

The annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities and fleadhs in Chicago Northwest are in the works, and soon the green brews will flow. Here are a couple Irish pubs where you can lift a pint and pay tribute to this yearly green tradition and all things Irish.

Enjoy some “craic” (good fun) at Peggy Kinnane’s in downtown Arlington Heights, an authentic Irish Pub, where nearly every piece of the establishment was brought over directly from Ireland. By the way, craic is pronounced “krek”.

Head over to Finn McCool’s in Schaumburg for a 3-day St. Pat’s Fest culminating in the largest after-work party on March 17.

Of course, you can check out all Irish celebrations in Chicago Northwest on this website. Enjoy all St. Patrick fleadhs responsibly.

Our wish to you this March 17 – Saol fada chugat! Slan go foill! (Go look it up).

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