Ol, ceol, bia agus craic! St. Patrick's Day events

CINCINNATI -- The St. Patrick’s Day festivities got an early start this year, but the celebration will still be going strong Monday.

The free party at Fountain Square will start up again at 11 a.m.

Try a Cheeky Meat Pie and wash it down with a Guinness or Murphy’s Irish Stout.

There will be plenty of places to get your green eggs and ham Monday as well.

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Nothing says “Good morning, St. Pat” like a college-style kegs and eggs breakfast to keep you drinking green beer from sunup to sundown.

Head to any of the Cock & Bull Public House locations at 6 a.m. for free T-shirts (while supplies last), green eggs and ham breakfast sandwiches, Guinness pancakes, corned beef and cabbage and green beer.

Molly Malone’s in Covington, Ky., will shut down Court Street in front of the bar for a day of Irish heritage, celebrated through music, dance, food and drink.

The day starts with kegs and eggs (first 100 through the door get a T-shirt), followed by performances by Irish dancers, The Emerald Society Police & Fire Pipes & Drums and Irish music.

The Pub at Rookwood Mews and Crestview Hills will offer a kegs and eggs breakfast at 7 a.m. plus music, drink specials (including green beer), Irish food and entertainment all day until 11 p.m.

The Cincinnati Reds will also be paying homage to St. Patrick’s Day while in Arizona with special jerseys. Fans can purchase the special gear at the Reds Team Shop at the Great American Ball Park at 10 a.m.

Team officials said the Reds started a tradition in 1978 by wearing white and green uniforms on St. Patrick’s Day.

The Irish Heritage Center will also have festivities for families Monday.

Performers include: Silver Arm, Ceol Mhor, Dark Moll, Celtic Font with Mick McEvilley and Mai Hernon, Clark & Jones, Lauren Holt and Donny Rolfes, Green Key, Erickson Academy of Irish Dance and the McGing Irish Dancers.

The event starts at 1:30 p.m. for Mass and 3 p.m. for the other festivities, including a children’s parade at 5 p.m.  The center is located at 3905 Eastern Avenue.

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