Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Priory Celebrates 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising

Our Grand Hall will be hosting events on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 17 commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, the ultimately doomed takeover of the General Post Office in Dublin by a hardscrabble team of farmers and scholars fighting for Irish independence.  While ultimately not successful in the short run, this brave and valiant corps of volunteers set the fuse which started the War of Irish Independence, which created the Republic of Ireland.  The Easter Rising Committee of Pittsburgh is organizing these events, which range from dramatic readings to sporting events.  Details are below:

For online event ticket purchases, please visit www.pittsburghremembers1916.com
For paper ticket sales, please contact: Rich O’Malley @ 412-401-3945

Pittsburgh 1916 Easter Rising Committee, LLC
~ Schedule of Activities for 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising ~
"Kids under age 12 - admission is free at all events"

~ Admission to ALL Easter Rising Activities listed below~

Friday, April 15th: “Setting the Stage” – Priory’s Grand Hall
Saturday, April 16th - Noon: “GAA Football & Hurling” – Cupples Field
Saturday, April 16th – 7:30 PM: Pittsburgh Irish Ceili” – Teamsters Temple
Sunday, April 17th: “Putting it All Together” – Priory’s Grand Hall
Full Weekend Admission: $50.00


Setting the Stage: An Evening of History, Performance, Reflection
Friday, April 15th 7:30 p.m.
Featuring a one-of-a-kind Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theater (PICT) performance
Appetizers, cash bar & more….
Location: The Priory’s Grand Hall, 614 Pressley Street – North Shore
Admission: $20.00
Ireland’s Sporting Tradition: GAA Football Exhibition
Saturday, April 16TH 12 p.m.
Men’s Football: Pittsburgh Celtics vs Cleveland
Ladies Football: Pittsburgh Banshees
Pittsburgh Pucas Hurling Club vs University of Pittsburgh
Location: George Cupples Stadium, 800 East Carson Street – Southside
Admission is FREE
Pittsburgh Irish Ceili: An Evening of Irish Culture, Friendship, Music, Dance
Saturday, April 16th 7 p.m.
Featuring Irish Seisun Musicians, Jimmy Lamb,
& the Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance
Food, soft drinks, beer & wine, BYOB
Location: Teamsters Temple, 4701 Butler Street – Lawrenceville
Admission: $20.00
Creating Understanding: Putting it All Together
Sunday, April 17th 12 p.m.
Featuring Renowned Irish Author & Journalist
Tim Pat Coogan
with Michael Bartley
Presentation of Awards to Student Literary & Visual Arts Contest Finalists
Lunch included & cash bar
Location: The Priory’s Grand Hall, 614 Pressley Street – North Shore
Admission: $20.00

Dogfish Head Brewery Pays a Visit to the Priory!

We were excited to host an event for our friend Ken Vecenie of Vecenie Distributing, the master distributor in western Pennsylvania for many craft beer brands including Dogfish Head Brewery of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Dogfish Head was one of the first craft brewers on the East Coast, and has expanded into a much sought after national brand, with its iconic 60 Minute and 90 Minute IPA's.

Ken and his Vecenie team hosted Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione.  Sam is known not only as a beer craftsman, but also as a philosopher on the subject of entrepreneurship.  He addressed a group of distributors and tavern owners, and shared with them his insights into business as well as discussing the multitudes of Dogfish Head products served during the event.

Here is the Tribune-Review's coverage of Sam's presentation.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Best Places for Kimchi in Pittsburgh According to Foursquare

Foursquare listed the top 12 places for Kimchi, the Korean sauerkraut-like dish in Pittsburgh.  These are all some great places, and I'd recommend looking into them, but the absence of Sushi Kim in the Strip District is an unbelievable oversight.  Sushi Kim is hands down the best Korean in Pittsburgh!

Foursquare's list is here.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Stash: Hotels Which Were Something Else

Our Priory Hotel was one of several Stash Hotels Reward affiliated hotels in a recent e-blast article -- Out with the Old, describing hotel buildings which had been restored from other uses. The Priory Hotel, of course, had been the St. Mary's Priory, a Benedictine monastery built in 1888.  Thanks to our friends at Stash for the shout out.  

Read the article here.  

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Audi Loves Pittsburgh

Here's a neat Audi commercial which was just released featuring Pittsburgh's Beechview neighborhood's Canton Avenue, the steepest street in the world.  Not surprisingly, the Audi conquers the street, made more challenging with mud, gravel and snow.  You get some great neighborhood shots of Beechview.

You can see the ad here.

You can read about the ad shoot in the Post-Gazette here.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Best Patios in Pittsburgh

Thrillist announced its version of the 11 best patio bars in Pittsburgh.  While we see the lack of mention of our Priory Courtyard to be a fairly major oversight, it's an interesting read nonetheless.  I post this in anticipation of springtime, coming, hopefully, soon!  If you're here visiting, have fun exploring these cool outdoor spaces.

Here's Thrillist's Best of list.  Above's a shot of our patio, which is a pleasant place to enjoy a cool cocktail!