320 Thickwood Boulevard
Throughout history there have been some men who went that extra mile, performed that extra deed, or put their lives on the line for something they believed in – something, which, through generations of storytelling, made them immortal. This is the story of one such man – Paddy McSwiggins.
Before the era of skyscrapers, automobiles and electricity, the lands and people of Europe were in turmoil. Divisions within Britain and Ireland were many – clans and tribes fought against one another constantly. When they weren't fighting each other they were driving away European invaders. A warrior revered for his courage and skill with weapons, Paddy knew the only way to defend his homeland from invaders was to unite the clans and tribes in battle. Determination, quick wit, and leadership gave Paddy the ability to do what no other man had ever accomplished; he brought many of the clan and tribe leaders together to talk. Years of warring between clans and tribes had become a way of life for these people, many of his initial meetings broke out into battle. Frustrated, Paddy issued a challenge to all leaders, that, if any could defeat him, he would leave them be and let them resume their fighting. If he should defeat each challenger, they were to end their in-fighting, continue meeting, and unite in battle under his leadership. Paddy defeated all challengers using only his shillelagh as a weapon. From then on only the person holding the shillelagh or “talking stick” could address the gathered warriors. As time passed word of Paddy’s meetings spread across the land and more and more people attended. Meetings soon turned into social events, once warring clans and tribes left their weapons behind and toasted one another over pints of ale and hearty servings of the finest food available. Paddy’s meetings became a legendary place of good friendships, a quality which has been imitated in pubs throughout the world where the Spirit of Paddy lives strong. Wherever you see people having a good time, you’re seeing the spirit of Paddy at work. Take a good look around this pub and you’ll definitely see Paddy McSwiggins. Sit back, forget your troubles, sample the fine ales and food, meet some new friends, and let Paddy’s spirit envelop you.
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