Irish Travel Information

San Diego Celtic Community News and Events

by John Hyatt

Greetings! Many great events coming up, please consider adding them to your celebration and supporting our Celtic Community.

If you know of something coming up, please let me know. your help is greatly appreciated. Please forward this to all you think will be interested.

Thanks and all the best,

John Hyatt

San Diego Celtic Events, News and Resources


April 3: Firefighters Friday at O'Sullivan's. 640 Grand Ave Carlsbad

April 4/5: Tartan Day. Celebrate the official day of the Tartan with the House of Scotland at the International Cottages in Balboa Park on Saturday and Sunday noon to 4 pm. Enjoy Scottish food, dance, and music (alas no whisky) on Saturday. Wear your plaids.

April 6: History Class, House of Ireland Balboa Park 7 pm. Join Pat Flannery for an interesting look at Irish History.

April 15: TAX DAY! Celebrate the dropping off of your tax return at O'Sullivan's with a $3 shot 6 pm to close

April 25: The Blokes with Irish Dancers at O'Sullivan's. 640 Grand Ave Carlsbad 2 - 4 pm.

April 28: Voices of Ireland by Write Out Loud. 7:30 pm. Take an evening to listen to several short stories by Irish authors wonderfully read and performed by local Actors. This evening of tales hearkens to the old days of story telling. $12 at door, $10 if you mention the this newsletter. Reserve your seats now (please be sure to show up if you reserve a seat) 619-297-8953 Performed at the Lyceum Theater in Horton Plaza stories by Joyce, Yeats, Lady Wilde, Plunkett, O'Brien,

April 25: - May 10 The Cripple of Inis Meain by Martin McDonagh. Ion Theater presents this darkly humorous play set in the 1930s on the Aran Island of Inis Meain. This will be a great show - don't miss it. 619-374-6894.

Visit the House of Ireland's website for information on Irish Cultural activities,, the center of the Irish community in SD. Become of Member of House of Ireland, meeting first Sunday of the month Irish History-first Monday of each month, Irish Gaelic Language Classes, Learn traditional music, visit the website for a list of Irish dance schools

Would you like to MEET UP with people of similar interests? Check out the new Irish Meet Up group at: It's free to join and you can make some new friends!

Pride of Erin Ceili Dancing. Wed nights at Casa Del Prado in Balboa park next to the Prado Theater and Museum of Man, 7 p.m. upstairs room 200 or 204 (follow the music). Great exercise, great fun (craic) great friends.

Harp and Shamrock Ceili Club ** Can't make Pride of Erin on Wed? 2nd and 4th Friday of the Month except as noted. California Ballet Studio 4819 Ronson Ct 92111. $2/ $10 annual membership

Gaelic Football: - Men's - Women's - Youth

Coat Oak Grove, a pre-Christian based faith exploring Indo-European spirituality in a modern context and application to our lives today. Including and learning about the Celtic worship before St. Patrick's message of Christianity. The Grove is a practicing spiritual group under the church of Ár nDraíocht Féin,,, email.

Irish Congress of Southern California. Non-profit that plans and organizes the Parade and Festival events to celebrate Irish Heritage in San Diego. Miss Colleen Pageant, organization volunteers, day of volunteers, musicians, donations, and other helpful input welcome. for more information and contact info. 2009 theme: Honoring Children's Services (adoption, fostering, mentoring).


See below for listings of pubs and restaurants. Stop in for some great food and craic!

The Irish Shop, stay tuned for information about where the Irish Shop will re-open. Serving San Diego's community for 27 years and counting!

O'Ireland 575 Grand St. Carlsbad 760-720-1500 Check for special weekend music/dance.

Celtic Corner (Scottish Treasures) Ferry Landing Marketplace, 1201 First Street #213 Coronado 92118 (619) 435-1880,

Katherine Cleary, Financial Services planner. Financial planning designed to assess your needs and find solutions that help you live better on the money you're making and plan for the future.

Cashel Entertainment, Live Irish music and dance for your event. Gerard Nolan, 619-309-6167

Kerry Records

Travelling to Ireland or other wonderful destinations? Contact Richard at the Irish Shop for travel packages and arrangements. If you are looking for an Irish gift or item, email the Irish Shop - he may still have it in stock.

The Irish Herald Look for the latest edition of the Irish Herald at a pub or shop near you. If you know a place that would like to carry the Herald, contact John at Provide name, address, contact name, phone number and email.

Regular Happenings: San Diego (If you drink, don't drive - call a cab, designate a driver, or arrange a pick up.

Gallagher's Pub OB 5046 Newport Ave, Ocean Beach

The House of Ireland in Balboa Park. Learn traditional Irish music
Sundays 10:30 - 12. 
Irish History Class - First Monday of the month 7 p.m.
Irish Language Classes Beg. Fri, Int. Thur, Adv Tues 7 pm
contact: Shanti Hofshi -

Pride of Erin Ceili Dancers - Wed's 7-9 pm. Casa Del Prado room 204
Ceili dancing.

The Field 544 Fifth Ave
Best Fish and Chips in San Diego.
Sundays 5:30-7 Irish Dance Tues, Wed, Thurs 8 pm. Eamon Carroll
Fridays 8:30 pm live band Last Tues: Pub Quiz 8:30

O'Sullivans 640 Grand Ave,Carlsbad
Still the great Irish Pub of Carlsbad! Stop in for live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
Sat/Sun Brunch including bottomless Champagne, all day Full Irish Breakfast, and Irish Stew now on the menu.
Watch Setanta Sports channel and other sports on the new flat screen Digital t.v's. 760-729-7234.

The Ould Sod 3373 Adams Ave, San Diego
Thurs' and Sat's: 9 pm "Carrie O'Kee"
Fri - Irish Folk w/ various artists

Thornton's Irish Pub and Chop House, 1221 Broadway, El Cajon
Stop in for a great meal as well as music.

R O'Sullivans, 188 E Grand Ave, Escondido
Sundays 5 pm. Clachlan Boys
Fridays 9 pm - 12:30 Brehon Law

Hensley's Irish Pub and Grill on 850 Tamarack (Tamarack Exit and I-5) in Carlsbad
see for schedule
The Blokes with Irish Dancers Saturdays and Mondays in Feb.
Skelpin Thursdays

Hennessey's Pacific Beach 4650 Mission Blvd, San Diego
Weds 9 pm The Blokes
Hennessey's Tavern 2777 Roosevelt Street, Carlsbad; (760) 729-6951
Mondays and Tuesdays The Blokes 8 - 10 pm Hennessey's Gaslamp 708 4th Ave San Diego

Blarney Stone 5617 Balboa Ave, Clairmont

Phileas Fogg's 11385 Poway Road,

Patrick's Pub 13314 Poway Road

Tilted Kilt 310 10th Ave. downtown San Diego
Events are sports related (it's a sports bar near Petco
Park. No music or dance listed. If you visit and want music/dance, let the management know.