Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Irish for an hour in historic Wabasha March 17, 2014

Holy water on the bar of The Olde Triangle Pub in downtown Wabasha, Minnesota.

Holy water on the bar of The Olde Triangle Pub in downtown Wabasha, Minnesota.

I POSSESS NOT AN OUNCE of Irish blood and I am not Catholic.

T-shirts on the pub ceiling.

T-shirts on the pub ceiling.

But green is my favorite color.

The Irish national flag flies outside the pub.

The Irish national flag flies outside the pub.

My Uncle Robin hails from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He married into a family of Germans.

The Olde Triangle's hearty Irish stew.

The Olde Triangle’s hearty Irish stew.

I like potatoes. And Irish stew.

The pub's fish and chips.

The pub’s fish and chips.

My husband likes fish and chips. And beer. Me, too, but not whiskey.

I have no idea what "the year of Kathleens" means. Anyone care to enlighten me?

I have no idea what “the year of Kathleens” means. Anyone care to enlighten me?

My name, Audrey, of course, is not Irish. But I know a lot of Kathys and a few Kathleens.

Performing at The Olde Triangle Pub Sunday afternoon.

Performing at The Olde Triangle Pub Sunday afternoon.

I can’t dance an Irish jig nor name an Irish tune. However, I enjoy music in an Irish pub.

The pub's Triquetra, Celtic (Trinity) knot, symbolizes the three parts of a good life: friendship, food and drink.

The pub’s Triquetra, Celtic (Trinity) knot, symbolizes three parts of a good life: friendship, food and drink.

And I’ll return to The Olde Triangle Pub. Sunday marked my second time dining here on a visit to Wabasha. I love this cozy, and I do mean cozy, spot in the heart of this historic Mississippi River town.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone, Irish or not!

Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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28 Responses to “Irish for an hour in historic Wabasha”

  1. Dan Traun Says:

    Wabasha is a great town. I have never been to The Olde Triangle Pub. It is now on my to visit list.

  2. Beth Ann Says:

    That food looks terrific. I am making corned beef and cabbage today to celebrate our non-Irish roots. ๐Ÿ™‚ I made Lucky Charms cookies yesterday and might have a big of a sugar buzz going from picking out the marshmallows . ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope your day is filled with all things lucky. Your friend–O’BethAnn

  3. Deanna Auge Says:

    We have the Celtic (trinity) Knot symbolism within our Church of St. Patrick in Inver Grove Heights where it surely stands for three parts of a good life. The Luck of the Irish to All!

  4. Lanae Says:

    Name an Irish tune, how about Danny Boy. I like whiskey, but not green beer. Wish we had a German day. Just dreaming of German potato salad, not so much blood sausage or head cheese. I remember when we first met Uncle Robin I was disappointed that he didn’t have pointed ears. Aunt Dorothy must have just laughed at me.

  5. I married into an Irish family and cannot wait to go to Ireland this Fall with my family! I love learning about cultures; the people, the places, the history, etc.:) Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

  6. Dorothy Bowman Says:

    Your Uncle Robin and I will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. We will have friends in for Irish Coffee and Irish Whiskey Cake. Of course a few green sugar sprinkles on that Irish Coffee. Come on over for some.

  7. Jackie Says:

    Never been much for St. Patrick’s day, no Irish in me to speak of! I do like Wabasha though and will have to checkout he pub next time we visit there!

  8. Thread crazy Says:

    Wee bit of irish in my blood…somewhere! Top of the evening to you too – happy St. Paddy’s Day!

  9. hotlyspiced Says:

    Happy St Patrick’s Day! I love the look of the chips in the newspaper. Green is my little guy’s favourite colour too xx

  10. Hey! I wonder what the year of the Kathleens is too! It might pertain to me, even, huh? I’m clearly going to have to visit this pub in Wabasha. It looks like a whole lot of fun.


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