Cheers to Baltimore’s Irish Heritage: West of Charles Street

The Irish Railroad Museum in Baltimore. Credit: Jennifer Bishop for Baltimore Fishbowl

To the truly Irish — whether in America, the old country or the global diaspora of Eire — St. Patrick’s Day is about something quite different than you may find tonight in Fells Point.

“A very traditional affair in Ireland,” said the muralist Patrick John Harnett, 49, who immigrated to Baltimore from County Limerick in 2011. “Religion, heritage and family.”

Of course there is a toast or two at the local pub — a day when children are allowed to run in and out of saloons with little admonishment — but few abide Root Boy Slim’s encouragement to “Boogie ’til You Puke.”

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People are staying closer to home these days, but there’s still lots to do in the region. 9 ½ Hours is a feature with suggestions for local day trips.

Baltimore in 1839 was kind of a big deal.

It was the second-largest city in the nation, after New York City, with a fast-growing population of about 100,000 people.