November 14: Kilt Night, Knit Night & Remembering Monica MacDonagh

Tonight: Kilt Night with Live Irish Music
Time: 8:30 pm


We open today with the words of our good friend Bill Watkins on the loss of his mother, who was a grand soul:

Monica MacDonaghDear friends, my mother (and muse) Monica MacDonagh passed away from stomach cancer on the 29th Oct in Birmingham, England. She went on her own terms and in no pain. Her final words were typical of the amazingly strong Celtic woman she was:

“Bugger off now, all of ye – I have things to take care of.” She died
10 minutes later in the company of a Gaelic-speaking priest and two
Irish nurses.

Mam’s requiem service took place at St. Bridget’s RC church in
Northfield, Birmingham last Thursday. As per her wishes, it was held in both English and Irish, and was very beautiful.

Shona turas abhaile mo mathair, bennacht le Dia agus solas nan neamh.
My deepest thanks to all who have expressed their condolences,
le bronaich,

– Bill Watkins


It seems a curious sight, but it’s an absolute blast. Knitters from the Twin Cities gather here at Merlins every month to trade stories, further their skills, and, all in all, take down a few pints. We love ‘em dearly.

For those interested in learning more or perhaps joining them, they’ll be here today, November 14 from about 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Join ‘em!


Tonight is Kilt Night! It’s Friday, so join us for the weekly hoolie. Kilt Night fun features live Irish music in the traditional Isles-pub style: no mics, no amps. Just some of the Cities’ finest musicians playing about a table or two in the bar and mingling with the people. Great tunes and a really wonderful way to spirit into the weekend. Grab a Guinness and a cottage pie or maybe some Welsh lollipops and enjoy.

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