WELCOME TO IRISH HILL
A WEE BIT OF IRELAND DOWNTOWN
Irish Hill was first developed in the 1850s and is still considered one of the Midwest's major Irish-American communities. The residents have always been hard working, interested in politics and many with strong religious devotion. The area was once known for being one of the toughest neighborhoods in town, but today is a thriving part of Downtown Indy, north of Fountain Square. Alongside Washington Street, Irish Hill is less than a mile commute to the heart of the city.
THE GOLDEN ACE It’s a typical Tuesday night at the Golden Ace Inn, located a few blocks down from St. Philip Neri Church. At first glance, the place looks like many neighborhood taverns in the older parts of Indianapolis. Five or six regulars sit on stools. Television sets at each end of the room flash baseball scores. A couple of hamburgers are passed through the window in the wall at the end of the dark wooden bar. But it only takes a few minutes to realize you are somewhere special. And your ears will give you the first clue. There is no sound blaring from the televisions. There is no jukebox assaulting you with the latest in homogenized country music or classic rock and roll. Instead, your ears are kissed by fiddle bows gliding across strings and a beat kept by a bodhran and bones.