Monday, March 10, 2008

Irish Pub Bans “Danny Boy”

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – An Irish pub in New York has banned the singing of “Danny Boy” just in time for St. Patrick’s Day (Mar. 17).

For the month of March, Foley’s Pub and Restaurant has pulled the plug on the traditional tune, and will even buy a pint of Guinness for anyone who sings a different Irish ditty.

Owner Shaun Clancy explains, “I love the song, but I’m sick of hearing it being butchered. Plus it’s a sad song, it’s like your team winning the Super Bowl and the crowd singing ‘Ave Maria.’”

Clancy suggests patrons croon St. Paddy’s classics like “Dirty Old Town” and “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” and says, “I’m not crusading for traditional Irish music, but I know my staff doesn’t want to hear ‘Danny Boy’ 27 times a day.”

If you’re brave enough to break the bar’s belting ban, be prepared to put your money where your mouth is, as anyone who sings “Danny Boy” will have to donate $50 to charity.

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