The Terra Inn hosts St. Paddy’s celebration

Even 7 year-old Irish wolfhound Angus couldn’t stay away from last Thursday’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

The pooch and his owner stopped by at Terra Inn to say hello to party goers and enjoy a bowl of authentic Irish stew.

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Laughter and singing were the main sounds echoing out of the Irish pub at 2609 Eglinton Ave. E.

Singer and guitarist John Campbell had a busy day. The musician drove from Barrie to perform his set of traditional and modern Irish songs at the pub.

“It’s going to be a great day but very long,” Campbell said. “By the end of the night, I’m going to sound like Richard Harris.”

The Terra Inn has been a Scarborough staple since the 1960’s, when the Reddy family opened it.

Current owner Derek Reddy made sure his staff and customers were enjoying themselves on the busiest day of the year for an Irish pub.

When bartender Loraine Carey was asked how many pints she’d pull over the course of the day, she said, “I don’t know, but by the end of the night it feels like thousands.”

An authentic Irish pub can be gauged by the authenticity of the food, the drink and the locals who frequent the place.

Joyce Donnelly was born in Belfast, Ireland, and has been coming to the Terra Inn for years.

“I come all the time to have a good craic, and the staff and food is just wonderful,” she said.

There was plenty of craic — Irish slang for fun and enjoyment — among those at the Terra Inn who raised a glass for Irish culture on St. Paddy’s Day.

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By: Cole Carruthers
Posted: Mar 24 2011 10:06 pm
Filed under: Arts & Life