This year, the festival – Europe’s biggest is celebrating its 21st Birthday. The estimated 100,000 people who turned up to Sunday’s parade certainly ensured our City Centre had a colourful weekend. What a way to kick the week off.
I certainly enjoyed the opening of the festival and was delighted as a lifelong City fan that Shay Given accepted the invitation to open up the Festival along with Waterloo Road star Ceallach Spellman and the Lord Mayor Cllr Mark Hackett.
It’s great to see so many venues in south Manchester getting involved. A special mention must go to St Kentigern’s Irish Club in Fallowfield, celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. Kevin Fitzpatrick, co-Chair of the festival continues to do an excellent job at the multi-award winning club. The club has helped raise untold thousands for charity and is at the forefront of everything that’s Irish.
Another club flying the flag for Ireland this week is the Chorlton Irish Association Club on High Lane. Again, they have a busy schedule including a family fun day on St Patrick’s Day itself. Other events are on in Chorlton Library, The Southern, Chorlton, O’Neills, Didsbury and the Farmers Arms in Burnage.
I’m looking forward to seeing the closing party at the Farmers Arms on Sunday headlined by ALL FM presenter Joe Casserley’s band the Last Drop.
What ever you are doing, have a great time. Don’t forget to have a drop of the black stuff for me.
Check out the festival website for more details www.manchesterirshfestival.co.uk