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Manchester Irish Festival 07 – get involved!

Manchester’s 12th annual Irish festival is fast approaching, a time for music, dancing, and of course Guinness. Want to get involved?

Published on February 21st 2007.

Manchester Irish Festival 07 – get involved!

Everyone loves the Irish. Being Irish is a passport to travel around the world and be accepted wherever you go, in a way that the English can only dream about. "What’s that? English? Sorry monsieur, we ‘ave no tables available". Irish? "Of course, come right in! Sleep with my wife!".

From the 3rd to the 18th March Manchester is celebrating all things Emerald, with the annual city wide Irish Festival which acknowledges Manchester’s strong Irish connections. The 16 day celebration will feature top musical acts, plus dancing, comedy, and of course plenty of food and drink at the annual Irish festival market in Albert Square.

Culminating in the mile long St Patrick’s Day parade, which brings together over 40 floats created by Irish associations from across the North West, the festival has grown in size and stature each year to include some of Ireland’s favourite celebrities.

Organisers are currently inviting everyone around Manchester to get involved by holding their own events around the city.

For more information about how to hold an event during the festival, email here

Manchester Irish Festival
March 3rd – 18th

Key dates for your diary:

3rd March – Official Festival Launch at Manchester Town Hall - The Lord Mayor of Manchester will open the Irish Festival 2007 alongside a host of other Manchester VIP’s, celebrities and footballers from the Irish community. Top entertainment is guaranteed with a ceili to follow in the main hall. SPECIAL CELEBRITY GUEST TO BE ANNOUNCED

9th March - Irish Market - Albert Square will play host to an array of festival highlights and bring a taste of Ireland to the streets of Manchester. The Lord Mayor will open the markets on 9th March. A truly Irish atmosphere is created as the square becomes a buzzing hub of activity, beautifully lit by the green lights of the Town Hall and centring around the specially created festival tent.

11 March – The Irish Festival Parade - The Irish Festival Parade is the highlight of the 16-day celebration, starting it’s journey at the Irish World Heritage Centre in Cheetham Hill the parade then heads toward the City Centre, passing Manchester’s major landmarks on the way. This year the 40 strong floats will be competing for the title of ‘Best Float’, in which the winner will receive a cash prize of £1000, to be spent on a pre-determined activity.

15/16 March – Music Day – A selection of children from across Manchester get to ditch school for the day and have a go at all things Irish at the Town Hall. From learning a tune on the tin whistle to getting to grips with the accordion and singing along to traditional Irish ballads before trying their hand at a few dancing steps. The event concludes with a showcase concert where everyone gets to show off his or her newfound skills.

17 March – Ultimate St. Pats Party 2007 – Events across the city including The Manchester Academy, is hosting an evening of classic Irish Power Pop anthems from the truly legendary Derry Lads, The Undertones...expect all the hits; Jimmy Jimmy, My Perfect Cousin, Here Comes The Summer....and of course John Peels number 1 tune Teenage Kicks. Joining The Undertones will be BBC Radio 2's Mark Radcliffe and merry band of musical divots The Family Mahone, with their unique and intoxicating blend of lively Irish folk based drinking songs.

18 March - St Patrick's Weekend Family Fun Fair and Outdoor Irish Festival - This family orientated weekend of Irish music, dance and fun fair rides in Levenshulme Village has been arranged jointly by the Manchester City Council Parks department and Mike Mulhern Funfairs. To celebrate the closing weekend of the Manchester Irish Festival, this magical extravaganza will be taking place in Errwood Park, Levenshulme and will be open from 12 noon - 7pm.

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