Flanagan's Ale House celebrates the New Year 'Irish' style


by Brooke Hasch


Posted on January 1, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 1 at 11:50 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – “We celebrate New Year's when it's midnight in Dublin," Mark Wakefield, president of the Father Abram J. Ryan Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians said.

Hundreds of people packed into Flanagan’s Ale House Tuesday night for a celebration worthy of the bag pipes and men in kilts.

"We are the oldest Irish Catholic organization in the country, since 1896," Wakefield said.

With shot glasses raised high in the air, the crowd cheered to a new year filled with luck and plenty of beer to fill their cup.

"This is the first time doing it Dublin style, got my Guinness, good to go," Ripley Dwyer said.

The countdown to New Year's began seconds before 7 p.m. ET. The bagpipes sounded. The Irish ball dropped and with that...came bed time for some.

"That's absolutely right, and when you get to be our age, this counts! The New Year is over, we're going to bed, it's wonderful," Susan Applegate said.

"I don't know about being in bed by then, I'm not that old," Wakefield said.

A portion of the profits made at Flanagan’s will help fund an even bigger celebration with tens of thousands of people come Saturday, March 15.

"We love the St. Patrick's Day Parade, and they put part of the proceeds toward that and we love that," Applegate said.

Wakefield says the annual parade wouldn't be what it is today without this New Year's Eve fundraiser.

"That parade is getting out of sight in price," Wakefield said.

This year's parade theme: "It's A Great Day for the Irish!"