This Month’s Top Irish Events

Check out these Celtic celebrations all March long

Who said St. Patrick’s Day can only be celebrated on March 17? Head to any (or all, if you’re feeling particularly ambitious) of these Irish-themed celebrations.

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Mar. 12: Paddy on the River Presented by Townsquare Media, this five-hour fest features live music by bands like the Mighty Ploughboys, traditional Irish fare — and plenty of beer. Wear green to save $3 off admission. 12-5 p.m. $10-$18, 10 and under free. Waryas Park. 29 North Water St., Poughkeepsie.

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Solas an Lae returns to Rhinebeck the weekend of March 18


Mar. 5: Celtic Heels Irish Dance Troupe For more than two decades, Joan McGrenaghan’s troupe has performed elaborate jigs and reels in our region. 11 a.m. $9, $7 children. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080;

Mar. 18-20: Solas an Lae This Celtic dance company performs contemporary American-Irish numbers, including “The Celtic Soul of Van Morrison,” choreographed by local directors Deidre Lowry and Patrick Brown. Fri & Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $20. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080;

Mar. 20: Rhythm in the Night This vibrant Irish step troupe kicks up its heels for a rousing post-St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The 18 male and female dancers tell a tale of love, salvation, good, and evil. 3 p.m. $24, $22 seniors & students, $18 children under 3. Westchester Community College. 75 Grasslands Rd., Valhalla.

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Hair of the Dog (left) teams up with Professor Louie and the Crowmatix (right) on March 12 in Sugar Loaf

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Mar. 5: Women of Ireland This full-stage concert production showcases the next generation of Ireland’s leading female performers, incorporating the traditions of Irish music, song, and dance in a contemporary setting. 8 p.m. $40. Eisenhower Hall Theatre. 655 Pitcher Rd., West Point. 845-938-4159;

Mar. 12: Hair of the Dog and Professor Louie and the Crowmatix What better way to ring in St. Paddy’s Day than with two stellar bands? One of the country’s most prominent Celtic rock groups, Hair of the Dog formed back in 1993 and is best known for the album Liam Left the Lights On Again. Professor Louie and The Crowmatix hail from Woodstock; the group has worked with The Band, and garnered much acclaim for the LP Dr. A’s Secret Remedies. 8 p.m. $25, $2 facility fee. Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center. 1351 Kings Hwy., Sugar Loaf. 845-610-5900;

Mar. 16: Celtic Crossings Enjoy an evening filled with traditional Celtic music by Phil Coulter, sung by Andy Cooney. Special guests include Geraldine Branagan and the Irish Pops Ensemble. The event benefits the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement at Graymoor. 7 p.m. $30-$55. Paramount Hudson Valley. 1008 Brown St., Peekskill. 914-739-0039;

Mar. 19: The Clancy Tradition Brothers Eugene and Pat Clancy began performing together in the 1950s back in Ireland; over the years, they’ve expanded to include more family members and create an even more energetic show. 8:30 p.m. $25. Towne Crier Cafe. 379 Main St., Beacon. 845-855-1300;

Mar. 26: Enter the Haggis Celebrating 20 years, this energetic group brings their signature Celtic-rock sound to their “Cheers and Echoes” tour. 8 p.m. $28. The Egg Center for Performing Arts. Empire State Plaza, Albany. 518-473-1845;

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The Irish Comedy Tour hits the Proctors stage on March 24


Mar. 6: Man in the Woman’s Shoes This New York Times Critic’s Pick, written and performed by Irish actor Mikel Murfi, celebrates Irish and Irish-American culture. The story follows an aging man as he walks five miles from his white cottage to town and back again — meeting unforgettable characters along the way. A Q&A with the actor follows the show. 3 p.m. $20. Embark Peekskill, Ballroom at the Flatz. 1008 Main St., Peekskill. 914-671-7772;

Mar. 11-12 & 18-19: Finnegan’s Farewell They say Irish wakes are always eventful, and Patrick James Finnegan’s — a man who scored the jackpot at a casino and took a fatal fall shortly thereafter — is no exception. The funeral service is full of shenanigans thanks to lively eulogies, sing-alongs, a missing corpse, and a few surprises. 7 p.m. $25. Beacon Theatre. 445 Main St., Beacon. 845-226-8099;

Mar. 24: Irish Comedy Tour Four comedians who trace their roots to the Emerald Isle team up to poke fun at everything from pets to wild family holidays. 7:30 p.m. $35. Proctors. 432 State St., Schenectady. 518-346-6204;

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