Commentary: McCreary’s Irish Pub celebrates St Patrick’s Day by giving back

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Helen Meeley

McCreary’s Irish Pub on 414 Main Street, opposite the Franklin Theater, has a busy weekend coming up.

Owner Natasha Hendrix announced that St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated all weekend, starting on Friday with special dishes, including great Irish classics like corned beef and cabbage and special standards like their Dublin pot pie, along with other special St. Patty’s dishes and delicious appetizers, like corn beef and cabbage eggrolls and bangers and mash. As to Irish alcoholic delights, there is Guinness three-pour Imperial Pints, Irish whiskey and, of course, gallons of green beer.

Along with the great food, the pub will have Irish music and performers and even bagpipes to brighten the holiday spirit for the Irish in everyone in the charming pub and eatery.

However, starting off the celebration is a very special event on Friday, March 15 from 11 a.m. in the morning until 11 p.m. at night, where 10 percent of all proceeds received by the Pub will be donated to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee provides one book per month to children from birth through age 5 across Davidson, Williamson and Sumner counties at no extra cost to families, regardless of income.

St. Jude has a special place

Hendrix and her family believe strongly in giving back and have had other fundraisers. They have raised money for an animal rescue shelter, an employee who needed help after a bad car accident and, as Hendrix put it, “ironically, we did it twice for St. Jude,” the wonderful cancer hospital for kids in Memphis.

The reason she said "ironically" was because only a short time after the last donation event, she and her family found that their 2-year-old son, Elliot, had to be treated at St. Jude. There was no real warning, she said.

“Just one morning, I noticed a little something different in his left eye," Hendrix said. "Call it mother’s intuition, but I had it checked out right away.”

Unfortunately, it was a serious and rare form of cancer called Retinoblastoma of his left eye, and, sadly, the child’s eye had to be removed. However, Elliot is now doing well, has a new artificial left eye and is at home with his dog, and with no sign of cancer. But, being careful, they still take it one day at a time.

Hendrix says St. Jude saved her son’s life and cannot stop raving about the wonders of St. Jude from their medical team, down to providing housing and any other needs for the patient and his family.

She is also starting a special list for her child of famous people who have one eye and were still very successful. You would be amazed how many there are.

For more information on the celebrations, visit www.mccrearyspub.com or call 615-591-3197.

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