Luck of the Irish

Saint Patrick deals up great weather, good times in old Roseville
By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
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Irish eyes were smiling on old Roseville Thursday as sunny skies and warm temperatures provided the backdrop for thirsty folks to honor the Patron Saint of Ireland. The Saint Patrick’s Day celebration began early at the Boxing Donkey Irish Pub & Restaurant, which opened its doors at 6 a.m. to serve up traditional Irish food and beverages. “When 6 o’clock hit, we had Guinness, Irish coffee and car bombs ordered instantly,” said bartender Jason Palomar. “It’s just been nonstop since we opened.” The Roseville Police Department reported old Roseville was “extremely packed” with people celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day, which commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, but no major problems erupted. The sidewalks and bars were filled with people dressed in green costumes, green hats and other silly green garb, including plenty of green T-shirts that read, “Kiss me, I’m Irish.” Virginia Gregson, who described herself as “74 years young,” was celebrating at the Boxing Donkey with her daughter. “We went up to the Fountains and there was nothing going on so we came over here,” she said. “I just decided that this was something new for me and at my age I’m going to start doing new things like this.” Gregson, who has lived in Roseville her entire life, said she was enjoying the live, traditional Irish music and it was the first time she’d ever tried shepherd’s pie. KNCI’s morning hosts Pat and Tom broadcast their morning show from the Boxing Donkey, which had live music throughout the day. Other network news channels paid a visit as well, according to Boxing Donkey manager Joe Tucey. Tucey said the crowd was a good mixture of young and old folks alike and that the media exposure was good for businesses in old Roseville. “I think that we’re showing old Roseville in a positive light,” Tucey said. “I have grown ups here that are having a nice time drinking a pint of Guinness, listening to great Irish music.” Many businesses in old Roseville geared up for the holiday by offering Saint Patrick’s Day specials, like Blasted Back Ink tattoo shop which offered $30 shamrock tattoos. Basic nightclub, which brought on extra staff and beefed up its security for the night, offered drink specials and live music. Police made a few arrests, mostly for public intoxication, including one case involving a man who ran from police but was eventually caught and arrested without incident, according to Brandon Bean of the Roseville Police Department. Many partygoers chose to celebrate responsibly, like Leslie Jones and Megan Stockwell of Folsom. “We hired a driver for the day, so we’re making the rounds to all the good spots,” Jones said. Toby Lewis can be reached at