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Drink with the Irish at "The Morrigans" Irish Pub

By: Kenny Ehman

Date Posted: 1999-06-19

Keedy cake, cottage pie, and Guinness by the pint is what you'll find down at "The Morrigans." You can also expect to have a conversation or two with Martin McIntyre, who is the lad from Dublin that runs the place. Lots of drinkin, laughin with friends, and good hospitality are some of the rules at Morrigans. But don't get ready to hop on the first flight to Ireland if you want to join in on the festivities. Instead, head on over to Park Avenue in Okinawa City; that's where you'll find Morrigans and a whole lot of Irish drink.

Walking in from the outside into Morrigans is like stepping right into Ireland. The pub's owner has taken special care to make sure that every detail of a traditional, cottage-style Irish pub has been replicated here - wooden tables, a beautiful bar counter, Irish music, and plenty of Guinness to wet your mouth. McIntyre informed me that all the fixtures and decorations came straight from Ireland, including McIntyre himself.

Morrigans, however, is not just another theme bar that has popped up to draw in novelty seeking tourists. McIntyre has managed to pull in the atmosphere and culture of an Irish pub as well - on Saturday nights the place is packed with locals and foreigners enjoying their pints and friendly conversation. Its a drinking bar, the kind of place that you'd run down to after work or on a Sunday afternoon to catch a good game of football - that means soccer to all you Americans.

"It's a pub for everybody," explained McIntyre. "The culture of the Irish is that they're great drinkers and very open to people. You'll never be a stranger in an Irish Pub."

Along with Guinness, you can find Kilkenny Irish ale, Bass English ale, Heineken, and Sapporo all on tap. The draft beers run 850 for a pint and 450 for a half pint. There are also a few bottled beers priced between 500 and 700 for those not yet used to drinking like the Irish: Grolsch, Miller Lite and Corona are all available.

Although drinking is one of the main past-times at any Irish Pub, there is also quite an emphasis put on food recently, and Morrigans is no exception. Lunch specials beginning at 800 will be starting soon and dinners that fill you up, ranging from 1000 to 1,500 are all part of the menu. Traditional Irish Stew (lamb and potato based), Beef and Guinness Casserole, Cottage pie (Minced beef, lamb, and vegetables topped with potatoes), Fish and Chips fried in beer batter, Irish Smoked Salmon, Crab and Potatoes, and "Champ" (Described by McIntyre as mashed potatoes with "loads" of butter, cream, garlic, and slices of bacon with shredded cabbage) are some of the delicious Irish foods you can order with your pint. There are also steaks and seafood, and you can sample some delicious, traditional Irish desserts in the form of "Keedy" Cake and "Barn-Brack." McIntyre assures his customers that the portions are fixed for hardy eaters.

Despite the loud atmosphere on the main floor of Morrigans, it is a very safe place to go. McIntyre also wants families to be able to enjoy themselves, and the pub's large second floor is perfect for quiet dining. "Downstairs was designed for the sing-along drinkers, while the upstairs is much more relaxed. We also have the space to hold large parties for weddings and other occasions," McIntyre added.

In the future, McIntyre is planning on many more extras for Morrigans, including Irish movies, soccer games on video, and a place for the kids to play while mom and dad enjoy a meal. Morrigans is also getting ready for next year's St. Patrick's Day; McIntyre would like to see it become a big celebration complete with a parade down Gate 2 Street and Park Avenue. "One of the things we would like to do is create more business and employment for everyone on Park Avenue," he mentioned.

Get on over to "The Morrigans" and do what the Irish do best - drink, have fun, and make friends!

Morrigans is located just near Corinza Shopping Mall. Head out Gate 2, make a left and go straight until you hit Park Avenue. For party reservations, call 934-7778.

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