Get Lucky On an Irish History Tour

Believe it or not, there is more to St. Patrick’s Day than the celebratory imbibing of green alcohol, and Denver actually has its own Irish past worth revisiting. Today, Irish heritage experts Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel and city auditor Dennis Gallagher will take you on an after-noon tour of historical landmarks — churches, mostly — beginning at Scruffy Murphy’s Irish Pub, 2030 Larimer Street, at 12 p.m.

The four-hour Denver Irish History Tour will start with food, drinks (of course) and a discussion and slideshow of images of Denver’s Irish history. From there, the gentlemen will lead a bus and walking tour of churches like the mission-style St. Patrick’s in Highland and Holy Ghost downtown, plus spend some time sharing the back story of Larimer Street’s seedy past.

“The tour will stop at St. Patrick’s Church, and visitors will get to meet with people who know the building’s history well,” says History Colorado tour director Shawn Snow. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling History Colorado at 303-866-4686. Tickets are $45 to $55, and additional information can be found at http://drcolorado.auraria.edu.
Sun., March 13, 12-4 p.m., 2011

 
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