St. Patrick's Day: 10 Irish things we love in the Hudson Valley
As St. Patrick's Day approaches, we celebrate all that is Irish in the Hudson Valley.
The Pearl River St. Patrick's Day parade: The Rockland County parade is one of the largest St. Patrick's Day gatherings in the country. Unlike the New York City parade this year, Pearl River's will take place on St. Patrick's Day so spectators can celebrate two days in a row.
Iona Gaels: With such skilled players the Iona college men's basketball team is a force to be reckoned with, but the school's Irish-Gaelic mascot gave them an added bonus -- the luck of the Irish -- to clinch a place in the NCAA tournament this year.
Irish drummers: Members of the Police Emerald Society of Westchester Pipes and Drums set the rhythm to most of the parades throughout Westchester County, on St. Patrick's Day and beyond.
Irish dancers: Members of the Verlin School of Irish Dance in Pearl River prepare for a season of performances kicking it from parade to parade all across the Hudson Valley.
Liam Neeson: The Irish-born actor, who portrayed another famous Irishman -- Michael Collins in the film of the same name -- owns a home in the Dutchess County village of Millbrook.
Jameson Irish Whiskey: One of the most popular whiskeys, created in 1780 in Dublin, is distributed through Pernod Ricard USA, a premium spirits and wine company in Purchase.
Larry Mullen Jr.: The U2 drummer is rumored to own home in Rockland County and possibly the Olde Village Inne, a pub in Nyack. Newsday Westchester has tried to pin down details of the elusive musician's Hudson Valley connection, but we still haven't found what we're looking for.
Irish pubs: The Hudson Valley is home to plenty of Irish watering holes. Rory Dolan's Irish Pub in Yonkers is one of the best places to grab a pint after a St. Patrick's Day parade, especially good to note since the city has not one but two parades dedicated to the holiday.
Yonkers Leprechaun: Jess Buzzutto, known around town as the "Yonkers Leprechaun" embraced his diminutive 5 foot frame by wearing all green and taking on a sprightly persona to become a holiday staple. Sadly, Buzzutto died in September so this year the city will have to celebrate St. Patrick's Day without him.
Four-leaf clovers: There are plenty of shamrocks to be found within the green rolling hills of the Hudson Valley, so surely there is a four-leaf clover to be found by someone lucky enough.