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Manchester Irish Festival

It's nearly March - and for the patriotic amongst us that means that it's nearly time to celebrate St Patrick's Day. Well, Ireland is quite near England after all..

Published on February 27th 2006.


Manchester Irish Festival

It's nearly March - and for the patriotic amongst us that means that it's nearly time to celebrate St Patrick's Day. Well, Ireland is quite near England after all, and St George's day is so boring that it seems only right that we should jump on the bandwagon and celebrate someone else's national holiday. We in Manchester seem to be more patriotic than most, celebrating St Patrick's Day for an entire 16 days - now that's dedication. From March 4th to March 19th, this Dirty Old Town will be swamped by all things Gaelic when the 2006 Manchester Irish Festival takes over the city.

The annual festival has been running for ten years, and has now become established as one of the biggest Irish festivals in Europe. Think lots of Guinness, drunk people in silly hats, and the Pogues playing in every pub you go in. Sounds good to me.

Manchester's Irish Festival was first launched in 1996 by then president of Ireland Mary Robinson, and over the years has played host to the likes of Shane McGowan, Riverdance, Westlife, The Corrs, Van Morrison and many many more famous faces and voices. When it comes to comedy, the festival has played host to some of the finest names in Irish Comedy, including Ardal O'Hanlon, Peter Kay, Tommy Tiernan, Jason Byrne and Dylan Moran.

Manchester - home to England's biggest Irish community outside of London, will become awash with a sea of green when it stages its annual St Patrick's parade on March 12th with over 70 floats, bands and walking groups. Other festival highlights include Irish festival markets in Albert Square from Friday 10th to Sunday 11th, and a whole host of traditional live Irish music events - click here for more information.

And then of course there's St Patrick's Day itself on March 17th - one of the biggest days on Manchester's drinking calendar, a day when we English can all become honorary Irish people for the day and wander round in big hats saying such humorous things as "top of the morning to ya" and so forth.

For more information on the 2006 Irish festival, and to get involved with any of the events, click here for more information.

Jayne Robinson
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