Better Gaelic than Grumpy

There never seems to be too many Irish pubs. They’re as ubiquitous as Chinese restaurants and have come to represent a friendly home-away-from-home for travelers on six of the seven continents (Antarctica has one pub, but it's English). Delray will add another one Friday when Tim Finnegans celebrates its Grand Opening. Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m. as the Mayor of Delray Beach cuts the ribbon. Then drink and dance to pipers performing traditional Irish music. Go home, and start all over again Saturday at 4 p.m. when the Irish Theater Group of Florida performs. If you’re still skeptical about how authentically Irish Tim Finnegans will be, consider the name “Finnegans.” It’s inspired by Finnegans Wake, the final novel by celebrated Irish author James Joyce, which is as indecipherable as Brad Pitt in Snatch and which makes the author's other masterpiece Ulysses seem like a cakewalk. Then consider FAU professor Mark Scroggins, who will lecture at 5 p.m. on the worldwide celebration of the life of Joyce known as Bloomsday. Bloomsday is usually celebrated on June 16, but that doesn't make for good relaxed weekend fun now does it? More FAU professors will then kick off the Irish music open mic. And if that's not enough, don’t forget to come in your best Edwardian garb; a costume contest winner will be announced at 6:30 p.m.

Tim Finnegans Irish Pub is located at 1725 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach. Call 561-330-3153, or visit
Fri., June 12, 6 p.m.; Sat., June 13, 4 p.m., 2009

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