The Irish Embassy Pub


Clovers for Courage: The Irish Embassy Pub launches Suicide Awareness Campaign

IE- Clovers for Courage painted rocks-webPainted rocks. They seem to be all the rage everywhere across the country (and internationally). Everywhere that is, except Durango. Cindy Coleman, owner of Duck Girl Art and the Marketing Director for the Irish Embassy Pub was traveling to Missouri this summer and painted rocks were all anyone was talking about. “We were having a family reunion and my cousins in Missouri, Illinois, and Florida were all talking about painting rocks. So I decided to look into it.”

If you Google “painted rocks” you’ll see many different groups that participate. The idea is that you paint a rock – you can paint anything on it, from rainbows to ladybugs to uplifting sayings – and you hide it in a public place for others to find. It’s a treasure hunt, a random act of kindness to brighten someone’s day. Sometimes you win a prize if you find a rock, sometimes it’s to raise money for a cause.

And raising money is exactly what the Irish Embassy Pub intends to do. “Suicides are an issue in our community and it seems that everyone is saying ‘what can I do to help? How can we prevent this from happening?’” said Phil Brennan, manager of the Irish Embassy Pub. “We thought this was a great opportunity to do something about it.”

The Irish Embassy has hidden 25 painted rocks along the river trail. “We wanted to put a spin on the Animas River being the ‘River of Lost Souls’. We all love the river and want it to remain a special place in our town. This just adds to one of the fun things you can do at the river,” said Cindy Coleman. They’re calling the project “Clovers for Courage” and each of the 25 rocks has a four-leaf clover printed on them. The lucky rocks can be brought into the Pub and redeemed for a prize, ranging from a free appetizer with a purchase of an entrée, to the golden rock – a $100 gift card to the Irish Embassy Pub. Once you’ve redeemed the rock, it has no “treasure” value, but the Irish Embassy is encouraging others to paint rocks and hide them as well. That’s where the fundraising begins.

Paint your own rock – with whatever you’d like (although clovers are fun and easy!). Be sure to coat your rock with a finish so the message/image doesn’t wash away with the weather. Then take a photo of your rock and post it to the Irish Embassy’s facebook page www.facebook.com/Irish.Embassy.Pub.Durango. Then you can hide your rock. Be sure to place your rock somewhere where it won’t hurt anyone and out of the way of grass (lawnmowers). For each painted rock that it is posted to the Pub’s facebook page in September, they’ll donate $5 to the Southern Ute Community Action Program (SUCAP)’s Gatekeepers Program. “Gatekeepers are people who have been trained to engage with persons at imminent risk of suicide and connect them with professional help,” said Peter Tregillus, SUCAP Programs Developer. The training program is called QPR, with a lifesaving function as critical as CPR.  QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer.  SUCAP is now scheduling QPR sessions for after Labor Day.  (http://sucap.org/spotlight/suicide-prevention/)

San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) has been promoting suicide awareness and prevention efforts in the community through their State Innovation Model (SIM) program with a Suicide Prevention Community Summit last May, suicide awareness and prevention trainings for community members, and Let’s Talk Colorado (letstalkco.org), a stigma reduction campaign focused on increasing conversation around mental health issues. Claire Ninde, Director of Communications for SJBPH says “Every effort to support mental health and suicide prevention is welcomed and can only help to support those in our community who struggle with these issues.” More information can be found on SJBPH’s website: http://sjbpublichealth.org/sim/.

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Irish Embassy Giving Away Money

 

The Irish Embassy Pub is preparing to launch a Red Envelope Promotion in the month of December, in which they plan to give away thousands of dollars in food and prizes.

“It’s our way of giving back to the community. We’ve been brainstorming ideas as to what we could do to say ‘thank you’ to our loyal patrons, and we came up with the Red Envelope idea,” said Embassy co-owner Gregg Graham.

So what is the Red Envelope Promotion? During the month of December, if you dine at the Irish Embassy Pub, your table will be given a sealed red envelope. One thousand envelopes will be handed out in all, and each one will contain a prize. Prizes range from a free appetizer or dessert, to Irish Embassy gift cards, board games, FLC jerseys, and grand prizes include a snowboard and a free draft beer a day for a year. Every envelope’s a winner.

Sounds fantastic right? There is, of course, a catch. You cannot open your envelope when you receive it. All the envelopes must be kept until the month of January, when you return to the Pub for a meal, drink, etc. You will then bring your still sealed envelope in, have your server open it, and then claim your prize. Any already opened envelopes will be void, and all envelopes must be claimed within the month of January.

“We’re trying to generate a buzz, get people excited about coming in,” said manager Phil Brennan. “January is usually a melancholy time after the holidays. This will give people something to look forward to.”

Red Envelopes will be given away starting December 1. You are not limited to just one envelope; return again the following day for a meal and you will receive another one. There are only 1,000 envelopes and once they’re gone, they’re gone – so head to the Irish Embassy today and celebrate your prize in January!



Pint & Whiskey Clubs

New Programs!
Ask your server/bartender to sign up for either club. The clubs are free; all you need is an Irish Embassy loyalty card!

Irish Pint Club
Buy 50 Irish pints: mug with name on it
Buy 100 pints: Bar Taps t-shirt
Buy 250 pints: 5% off beers
Buy 500 pints: 10% off beers plus plaque on wall

Pint Club members will also receive specials throughout the year!

Irish Whiskey Club

Buy 25 Irish whiskies: free t-shirt
Buy 50 whiskeys: 5% off whiskeys plus plaque on wall
Free Samples on whiskey specials



New Menus!!

Yes, after much deliberation, we’re finally getting our menus updated! The tried and true favorites are still there (hooray!), along with some new and exciting options. Also new is our Sunday Brunch! See both menus below, and we’ll see YOU soon!!

Food Menu 1

Food Menu 1

Food Menu 2

Food Menu 2

Sunday Brunch Menu 1

Sunday Brunch Menu 1

Sunday Brunch Menu 2

Sunday Brunch Menu 2



NEW – Laugh Therapy @ The Embassy!

Open Mic Stand Up Comedy! June 23, July 9 and July 23, 7-9pm. Open to everyone 18+ (might not be suitable for all ages). Sign up by 6pm. All performers will receive 2 free beers – a little Dutch courage! Hosted by Dan Korman.

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Wednesday Trivia starting at 6:30
June 4, 2015, 11:49 am
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We’re changing the time of our weekly Pub Quiz! Starting June 10, our general knowledge trivia will begin at 6:30. So gather your friends, have dinner and a pint (or two). We have nightly and monthly winners. Check out the fun here! Arrive early to guarantee a seat!!