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Posted at 1:35 PM ET, 03/17/2008

Scenes from St. Patrick's Day: Ireland's Four Courts

By Fritz Hahn

Imagine if Tom Selleck were Irish ... (Fritz Hahn/

1 p.m.: Ireland's Four Courts

The party's underway at Ireland's Four Courts in Arlington, where men in business suits are having pints of Guinness at the bar before heading back to the office. (Strangely, none of them wanted to give their names.) Enjoying a day off at the bar are a number of members of the Arlington County Fire Department, some of whom have been at the Four Courts since 10 a.m. "We're heading over to the Dubliner next," says Steve, who's donned a green Afro wig, dyed his mustache green for the occasion and even shaved his chest hair into a shamrock for the day. After that ... "We'll be out [at the bars] until they kick him out," says his friend Luke.

It's a good sign when the Tender Polman Band -- performing until 3, folks -- kicks into a fiddle-led version of "Black and Tans," one of my favorite Irish songs, and a few people start singing along. The Four Courts isn't too packed yet, but there's a tent out back to handle the crowds coming later today.

By Fritz Hahn  | March 17, 2008; 1:35 PM ET
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Wish I was there partying with you guys like last year!! Michelle you better take care of your man :-)

Posted by: Emily | March 17, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I think I know you!!

Posted by: Tara | March 18, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

we're so proud to be friends with you!

Posted by: kevin and alysia | March 18, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Guys look like your having a wee bit too much fun!

Posted by: Mindy and John | March 18, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

i love four courts

Posted by: T.L. | March 18, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Does your AA sponsor know that you're out?

Posted by: A worried friend from Raleigh | March 19, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

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