Doherty returns for St. Patty’s Day celebration


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Cathy O'Clarke's Irish Pub and Grille

591 South Collier Boulevard, Marco

Get ready to gear up for green beer and loads of fun not only on St. Patrick’s Day but the entire week! The best part is you don’t have to be Irish to enjoy Irish entertainment by Robbie Doherty at Cathy O’Clarke’s Irish Pub and Grille.

Last year, Doherty had the St. Patty’s Day party in full swing and is making a return engagement this year. But to get a taste of his tunes before the St. Patrick’s Day celebration, he will actually begin performing on Sunday at 7:30 p.m., as well as Monday, St. Patty’s Day, at noon, and also from March 19 through March 23. Weekdays, he begins at 7:30 and concludes at 10 p.m. and weekends from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

“I’m originally from County Donegal, Ireland and came to this country 27 years ago. Playing the guitar in Ireland was typically sitting around the fireside and at family gatherings. Singing became a natural progression for me,” Doherty explained in his still rather thick, delightful Irish accent.

Self-taught on the guitar, he considers himself a folk/ballad singer although he said he also sings pop and country songs. Doherty has been playing the guitar since he was 20 years old.

Besides performing in Scotland and Ireland, in Florida he’s also played in West Palm Beach, and Finnegan’s in Key West. Some other venues around the country include The Shannon Inn & Pub and The Banshee in Pennsylvania; John Barleycorn, Irish Eyes, and Ballybunnion in New York City; The Shannon Inn in Buffalo, NY; The Blarney Stone in Virginia; The Harp & Bagpipes, in Georgia; The Gaelic American Club in Connecticut, and The Friendly Sons of The Shelleleagh, Molly Malone’s, Tommy Fox’s, and Cryan’s Beef & Ale House in New Jersey (where he currently resides).

“I could go on and on with the places I’ve played, but I’ve only named a few,” he stated. With what appears to be typically Irish establishments, it’s definite that he is truly an Irish entertainer.

“I’m really looking forward to being at Cathy O’Clarkes Irish Pub again this year. It’s going to be fun time for all,” he stated.

For bookings and other information, e-mail Robbie Doherty at

Cathy O’Clarke’s Irish Pub and Grille is located at 591 South Collier Blvd. For reservations, call 642-9709.

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