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Sober St. Patrick's Day Activities

Seeing green is a lot better than feeling green, but staying straight doesn't have to mean opting out. Below, our St. Paddy's Day answers to First Night.

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1. The Kings of the Kilburn High Road
Gabriel Byrne helped bring Jimmy Murphy's dark play -- five Irishmen mourn a friend at an English pub -- from London, where it played to acclaim. (Opens March 17; Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street; 212-757-3318.)

2. Irish New York Tour
You can see Hell's Kitchen on your own. But historian Francis Morrone knows where Old St. Patrick's Cathedral is (Mulberry Street), not to mention the long-gone Five Points and other Irish-culture hotbeds. (March 17 at 11 a.m., 212-415-5500; $20.)

3. "Beyond the Blarney"
Novelists Colm Tóibín and Emer Martin, the Observer's Terry Golway, and Irish America author Maureen Dezell try to smash a few stereotypes in a spirited panel. (March 13 at 6:30 p.m., New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street; 212-930-0855; $10.)

4. One and One
Former Tramps owner Terry Dunne's spot offers a special Irish breakfast packed with sausage and two puddings -- don't think about it, just eat. For dinner, it's fish and chips, cabbage, and more. If your day isn't completely dry, this place is famous for a perfect Guinness. (March 16 and 17, 76 East 1st Street; 212-598-9126.)

5. Film Fleadh
The following weekend, this annual festival has documentaries about Shane McGowan and Father Mychal Judge, and a political movie made by a 13-year-old. (March 21 through 24; NYU Cantor Center, 36 East 8th Street; 212-966-3030, extension 405; $7-$20.)


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