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There was an odd feeling at Tir Na nÓg Irish Pub Sunday, 22 November 2015; bittersweet for so many people.

Tir Na nÓg is closed.  That is the bitter part of the bittersweet…having to face the fact the craic at 218 South Blount Street will be no more.   Although, I cannot stop smiling thinking about all the good times I had under that roof.  The nÓg has been an exceptional place to this band over the past almost 10 years.   Our band mum, Annie Nice was always there to greet our members with a smile, ready to share the latest Irish gossip.   Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is — we were privileged to share the stage (and a pint) with so many talented and rousing musicians.   The staff over the years…what an AMAZING group of young men and women we watched grow into successful young adults.

Every pint, every order of Wake and District Macaroni and Cheese made it feel like home — a home where time stood still and we were able to laugh and and sometimes cry in harmony.   That’s a word that gets stuck in my mind, harmony. It’s not about what’s lasting or permanent. It is about individual voices coming together – for a moment. And that moment lasts the length of a breath. That’s what I think about my time at the nÓg.

In Irish mythology and folklore, Tír na nÓg “Land of the Young” is one of the names for the otherworld, or perhaps for a part of it. It is depicted as a supernatural realm of everlasting youth, beauty, health, abundance and joy.   Our Tír na nÓg was indeed such a place.  We know the craic and gossip will continue under a new roof – with new faces to call friends.  We look forward to this – and hope you will follow the music of the pied pipers (and drummers).

Throughout the weekend of 20-22 November 2015 — Wake and District played an Eagle Scout ceremony for one of our members, the Raleigh Fire Department Winter Ball, a wedding, a funeral — and the closing of Tir Na nÓg.  Monumental moments for people at opposite threads of the rope.  Bittersweet.

It’s ok.  We will all be ok.  Life’s many roads take all of us different directions.  Lets be thankful Pete Pagano kept a light shining at 218 South Blount Street for 18 years — and we were able to meet on this road (street).  Thank you Pete — for allowing us share your home and become a part of your family.

As I sat typing this tonight, I thought about when I left Chicago to call North Carolina home.  My friends reminded me of the words to a famous song called Forever Young.  The words to this song felt like the perfect words when I left one home for another — and they are the words I share with you as the nÓg calls “last call” one final time.

– Joe Brady
  Founding Member 
Annie’s Boy-Toy

Forever Young

May the good Lord be with you
Down every road you roam
And may sunshine and happiness
surround you when you’re far from home

And may you grow to be proud
Dignified and true
And do unto others
As you’d have done to you

Be courageous and be brave
And in my heart you’ll always stay
Forever Young, Forever Young

May good fortune be with you
May your guiding light be strong
Build a stairway to heaven
with a prince or a vagabond

And may you never love in vain
and in my heart you will remain
Forever Young, Forever Young

And when you finally fly away
I’ll be hoping that I served you well
For all the wisdom of a lifetime
No one can ever tell

But whatever road you choose
I’m right behind you, win or lose
Forever Young, Forever Young
(written by: Jim Cregan, Bob Dylan, Steve Harley, Kevin Savigar)

May all of you cherish the many memories of Tir Na nOG — and may you stay FOREVER YOUNG!



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