THE Irish eyes are smiling on Hartlepool today as St Patrick’s Day celebrations kicked off across the town.
The Guinness will be flowing as pubs throughout the town host their own events and jam-packed evenings to mark the occasion.
Rosie O’Grady’s Irish bar, on Navigation Point, started the celebrations today and have fun and games planned throughout the weekend.
The pub will be playing Irish music over the next four days, giving away free shots of Guinness and even have a leprechaun lined up to make a guest appearance tonight.
Rachel Garthwaite, manageress at the pub, said: “We always make sure we make a real big deal of St Patrick’s Day.
“It is usually a fantastic weekend, and I’m expecting this year to be no different.
“It’s normally very popular.”
Staff at the pub will also be doing their bit for Comic Relief tomorrow.
The kind-hearted fundraisers will be donning their pyjamas for the day to raise money for the cause.
Rosie O’Grady’s isn’t the only pub celebrating St Patrick’s Day.
The Spotted Cow, in Elwick, kicked off their celebrations last night with an Irish-themed pub quiz.
The fun and activities are planned to last until Sunday. But things may not stop then.
Landlord Kelly Hall, 32, is pregnant with her third child and is due any time now.
Kelly, who lives with husband Mike, 37, and two children, Morgan, six and two-year-old Darcey, said: “It’s going to be a busy few days.
“We have decked the pub in Irish-themed goodies to mark St Patrick’s Day and tomorrow we are expecting it to be jam-packed for the final day of Cheltenham Festival.
“We will be showing the Ireland against England rugby game on Saturday as well.
“It would just cap off a brilliant few days if I was to have the baby on Monday morning.”