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Country pub sings with Irish authenticity in Tampa

By Christopher Klein
Globe Correspondent / February 5, 2012
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TAMPA - The humble, thatched-roof cottage with the Guinness sign in the window could be the quintessential Irish pub - except for the skyscrapers towering above and the palm trees out front. A striking juxtaposition of the Emerald Isle and the Sunshine State, Four Green Fields resembles a snowbird that swore off Ireland’s raw, bleak winters to bathe in the Florida sun.

The South Tampa pub is as authentic as the lilting brogues heard behind its bright green door. Rather than televisions, jerseys of Irish rugby, football, and hurling teams hang from the wooden rafters. The walls, adorned with everything from photographs of Irish writers to fading newspaper accounts of the 1916 Easter Rising, are a lesson in Irish history.

Four Green Fields, which takes its name from a popular Tommy Makem folk song, features live Celtic music each weekend. Makem, The Corrs, and Sinead O’Connor are among the well-known Irish acts who have graced the pub’s stage over the past two decades.

You can savor a pint and traditional Irish pub grub and soak up the sun on the outdoor patios, but if it gets too hot you can retreat inside to enjoy a distinctly untraditional feature for an Irish cottage: air conditioning.

(A Boston outpost of Four Green Fields, complete with its own thatched cottage, opened at the corner of Washington and Court streets last year.)

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