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Ann Arbor Celebrates St. Patrick's Day

Andrew Cluley
89.1 WEMU

Some Ann Arbor bars did more business by noon today than they do on a typical Monday, as the city celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day.

There was a line outside the door when Conor O’Neills opened on Main Street this morning.  Manager Caroline Kaganov notes it’s a holiday for everyone, even if it’s not celebrated in the U-S the same as in Ireland.  She says in Ireland they attend mass, go to pray and eat corned beef and cabbage.  She says today however everyone is a little bit Irish and nobody throws a party like the Irish. University of Michigan student Phillip Daugherty got up at 6:15 in the morning to begin celebrating his Irish heritage.  He thinks it's an amazing day when everyone can celebrate.

Conor O’Neills has had live music for the last several days to give people a chance to celebrate early if work is preventing them from getting out today.

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Saint Patrick's Day at Good Time Charley's in Ann Arbor.

On South University staff at Good Time Charley's say the crowds were decent in the morning, but really started growing in the early afternoon as University of Michigan students finished there classes, or decided to skip afternoon ones.

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— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.

Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.
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