CLARK, NJ – With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, local Irish pubs and restaurants are gearing up for the wearing of the green. According to a recent government census, 33.3 million U.S. residents claimed Irish ancestry in 2013. That is more than seven times the population of Ireland. Even those who aren't of Irish descent celebrate St. Patrick's Day, and see it as a chance to share good times, food and spirits with their friends and family at a local pub. 

Finding a place to enjoy the day in the Clark area isn't hard. Many local establishments are already full of shamrocks, Luck-of-the-Irish, green clad employees, corned beef, and of course, extra beer.

Here’s a look at how Clark's Irish pubs are preparing for the day.

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“The Union County Parade and St. Patrick’s Day were just one day apart last year,” said John McPartlan, of Molly Maguires on Central Avenue. “In those two days we sold nine kegs of Guinness Stout, five kegs of Harp, three kegs of Smithwick’s Ale, four kegs each of Coors Light and Sam Adams Rebel IPA, along with several more kegs. Guinness Stout was by far, the most popular.”  With approximately 140 pints in every keg, Molly Maguires is ready for a lot of pouring. Visit Molly Maguires on the web. 

Oh’ Brian’s on the Green on Raritan Road is running a $4.00 Guinness and Guinness Blond promotion for the entire month of March.   “We order quite a bit of those beers,” general manager Eddie Muraca said.  And it’s not just beer they need to order in quantity. “We order four or five times more of Jameson and Irishman whiskey, too,” Muraca said.  Entertainment on Tuesday at Oh’ Brian’s features Mike Dooley. Find out more about Oh’ Brian’s on the Green

The United States Congress proclaimed March as Irish-American Month in 1991. The president issues a proclamation commemorating the occasion every year. On Tuesday, it seems, anyone who wants to be can be a little bit Irish. Please remember to drink responsibly.

Editor's Note: Oh' Brian's on the Green and Molly Maguires are advertisers of TAP into Clark. To learn more about becoming an advertiser, call 732-447-8784 or email eclee@tapinto.net.