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A Wee Bit 'O Ireland in NYC - Mixsee
A Wee Bit 'O Ireland in NYC

A Wee Bit 'O Ireland in NYC

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New York, NY / Culture / Dining / Shopping

The Irish have made significant contributions in the formation and evolution of the United States. From very humble beginnings in their mother country, Irish immigrants had left their green shores and established themselves in many major US cities including New York City. This tour is a nod to what they left behind to start anew while steadfastly retaining their identity and culture while influencing our's. There are many places in New York City that provide a glimpse into Ireland and it's land, people and culture --- all within a subway ride!

1. Irish Hunger Memorial

Irish Hunger Memorial

6 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282, USA

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Your first stop will easily transport you to the lush, wild and woolly Irish countryside. Designed by artist Brian Tolle, this landscape installation in lower Manhattan's Battery Park is both an idyllic and accurate recreation of a typical Irish countryside and a feat of modern engineering. Visitors to the Memorial enter through a dim tunnel where an audio recording of famous Irish voices from history can be heard echoing within the stone walls. On the other side of the tunnel is the base of a sloping hill to the top of a scenic overlook of the surrounding Battery Park neighborhood. As visitors walk up the hill, they will feel what it's like to walk the Irish countryside and view stone markers that identify each of Ireland's 26 counties. All the stone and landscaping were sourced directly from Ireland easily transporting visitors into the world of W.B Yeats and James Joyce.
'Lifening' by Ireland's Snow Patrol
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2. Lillie's Union Square

Lillie's

15 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003, USA

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Your next stop is for snacks and a pint (or two), most welcome after your walk through the Irish Hunger Memorial. Named after Victorian-era British actress and socialite Lillie Langtree, Lillie's is a cavernous bar and restaurant north of Union Square in the heart of Greenwich Village. Irish beer such as Guinness and Smithwick's are on tap while traditional Irish and English fare like shepard's pie, banger's and mash and Irish stew are menu staples. If Irish cuisine's not your cup-o-tea, don't fret --- Lillie's serves standard American fare such as mac 'n cheese, burgers and steaks. What makes Lillie's a unique experience for visitors is that you are easily transported to Victorian Ireland once you open the large wooden door and step inside. The fixtures and bar furnishings such as the 25 foot carved wooden bar, paintings and furniture were imported from a Victorian mansion in Belfast. The crowd is mixed, and definitely lively. On some occasions, patrons have been known to dress in period costume while listening to traditional Irish music performed live on Sunday afternoons at the front of the bar.
'Wouldn't It Be Nice' by Saint Etienne
Irish Session at Lillie's.
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3. Leo Design Handsome Gifts (and Home Furnishings)

Leo Design Inc

543 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014, USA

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What tour would be complete without a little retail therapy? You've seen a taste of Ireland inside and out. Take inspiration and bring a little bit of old world charm into your home by picking up a trifle at Leo Design. This small boutique in the West Village offers decidedly masculine and elegant home and grooming accessories that would not be out of place in any sophisticated Irish or English gentleman's home or manor. From desk accessories, artwork and small furniture, Leo Design's wares are well-curated, directional and unmistakeably unique. Personal favorites include framed original etchings from the late 1800's and whimsical small cast iron paper weights in the shape of animals.
'A House is Not a Home' by Burt Bacharach
'To Sir, With Love' by Trashcan Sinatras
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