st patricks day

St. Patrick’s day is only a week away and there’s a number of events that the Manchester Irish Festival has provided that you can attend to get yourself in the Paddy’s Day spirit.

12th March

The Manchester Irish Festival will officially launch on Thursday 12th March, 7pm at O’Driscoll’s Irish Bar.

A night which showcases the best of Ireland and Manchester’s Irish community, through music, dance, literature and includes special guests on the night.

Previous years special guests, Michael Flatley, Mrs Browns ‘Brendan O’Carroll’ and Mary Robinson, President of Ireland (1990 – 1997) have all launched the Festival.

Free to attend. Dress code – smart but casual.

12th March

Thursday, March 12, 2020 – 8:30pm.

Paddy Johnson is staging a special Irish Country Music night at Fred’s Ale House on Thursday 12 March as part of Manchester Irish Festival.

Free admission with Cask Ale & Cider just £2.50 a pint.

14th-15th March

This year the Manchester Irish Festival Market has moved to Liverpool Road off Deansgate.

Our Festival Green will be a fun packed area with children’s rides, exhibitions, fairground, music, dance, food and drink, all on Liverpool Road.

It will also including an exhibition by Ford electric cars, a partner of the festival, helping this years festival to become the greenest Manchester Irish Festival ever. You will still be able to get Irish

souvenirs and goods inside Upper Campfield Market Hall.


15th March

Manchester’s St. Patrick’s Parade will be held on Sunday 15th March 2020.

The Irish World Heritage Centre held their first St Patrick’s Day Parade on the 17th March 1990 when the members paraded to St Chad’s Church and attended a Mass celebrated by Fr. McGarry before returning to the Centre. The Longford Association were the first to display a parade banner of their county. Now all 32 counties are displayed throughout the parade.

Over the years we have had members of the Irish Government walk with us, including the Taoiseach of Ireland Bertie Aherne, and Ministers, Brendan Smith and John O’Donaghue. Tens of thousands of people turn out to line the route of the parade to revel in the party atmosphere and join in the celebrations.

17th March

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – 9:00pm

Come and Enjoy the Craic on St Patrick’s with a rip roaring evening gig from Traditional Irish Folk band – Vicars Son. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready to party as this energetic duo ramp up the sound to get you moving on St Patrick’s Day.

This is the second of two free gigs by the band 9pm til late sponsored by Tourism Ireland.

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