Sad news for Baltimore's Irish community: Joe Patrick Byrne, who for decades ran J. Patrick's Irish Pub in Locust Point, passed away last Saturday of cancer. The future of the pub is uncertain.
Byrne, who lived above the bar, made J. Patrick's one of Baltimore's most authentic Irish pubs. Every week, musicians came to practice, jam and perform traditional Irish music there.
While the pub doesn't look like much from the outside (you might drive past it a few times if you don't know exactly where to look), Byrne helped make it warm and inviting inside.
It was easy to feel at home at J. Patrick's -- whether you were Irish or not. Governor Martin O'Malley drank there, but so did neighborhood residents.
If you had friends or family in town from Ireland, you could bring them to J. Patrick's and prove that the Emerald Isle is beloved in Baltimore.
My colleague Fred Rassmussen is working on a proper obit, so stay tuned.
The viewing is 3 p.m.-5 p.m. and 7 p.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow at Charles L. Stevens Funeral Home, 1501 E. Fort Ave. The funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 1532 E. Fort Ave.