1. Irish Heritage on Florida's Historic Coast
The Irish have a long heritage in Florida. When Pedro Menendez de Aviles came ashore to claim Florida for the Spanish King in 1565, he founded the settlement of St. Augustine. Pedro Menendez de Aviles had with him a crew that included Irish soldiers and missionaries. Additionally, the parish priest of St. Augustine, Father Richard Arthur, made history when he started the first public school in America in 1606.
2. Pubs & Places to Eat
Those who visit the area during St. Patrick's Day will find dozens of bars and restaurants in St. Augustine to satisfy cravings for Irish food and drink. We suggest trying Meehan's Irish Pub, Ann O'Malley's Deli & Pub, and Barley Republic downtown for an authentic Irish experience this holiday.
3. Notable Irish Golfers
The World Golf Hall of Fame, located in St. Augustine, recognizes history-making Irish golfers within their museum. This iconic hall boasts fascinating memorabilia and artifacts from Hall of Fame members Joe Carr and Christy O'Connor. You'll also learn plenty of historical facts about these Irish players and their influence on Florida's golfing community when you visit.
4. St. Patrick's Day Events
Folks who visit St. Augustine the weekend before St. Patrick's Day can attend the oldest St. Patrick's Day parade in the world. This exciting three-day event at Francis Field hosts internationally acclaimed Celtic bands, a Whiskey Tasting, Highland games, Celtic shopping, food, and more. For more information, visit the event's website.