Paddy's Day set to go global

 

St Patrick’s Festival this year will be marked by a host of events abroad as well as at home.

Special festivities will be held in Moscow, Beijing, London, New York and Paris to commemorate St Patrick's Day with parades as well as other musical and cultural events.

Minister for the Arts Jimmy Deenihan has launched the worldwide programme of events, aiming to promote Irish culture abroad. “This time of year, when there is a global focus on all things Irish, offers a real opportunity to highlight our creative talent and our artistic reputation on the world stage,” said Mr Deenihan.

Tourism Ireland announced yesterday that the Leaning Tower of Pisa will be among a number of other well-known sites that will be turning green for St Patrick's Day. Niagara Falls, the London Eye, Burj al Arab in Dubai and Table Mountain in South Africa would all be illuminated green as part of the international spectacle on March 17th.

San Francisco’s Coit Tower and City Hall, Selfridges department store in London, the Cibeles fountain in Madrid, Vienna’s Burgtheater, the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, and Moraira, a town on the Costa Blanca in Spain, have also come onboard.

In addition, Brussels Town Hall, the Glasgow Eye and the Clyde Auditorium - affectionately known as “the Armadillo” in Glasgow - will also turn green for the day on Saturday.

For those in Ireland, there’s no need to upend your wallet for good craic this weekend; the country is abuzz with free events to celebrate St. Patrick’s Festival.

The festival will see a slew of events kicking off on Friday, March 15th and running through Monday, March 19th. Dublin’s festival has grown so large that it now takes 18 months to plan the four day celebration of Irish culture.

Football great John Giles will be leading Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day Parade down O’Connell Street this Saturday. This year’s theme of “How? What? Why?” reflects Dublin’s position as a City of Science 2012.

What's on at home

Dublin

Friday, March 16


Fun Fairs

Where: Merrion Square West

When: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Where: Wolfe Tone Park

When: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Festival Ceili

Where: St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

Time: 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Designers and Craftsmen’s Creative Quarter

Where: S. Williams Street

When: 6:00 pm

Band performance

Where: Stephen’s Green Bandstand

When: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Band and Street Performances

Where: Bands, at Coppinger Row, South King St., Dame Court; Street performances at Grafton St. and South King St.

When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday, March 17

Fun Fairs

Where: Merrion Square West

When: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Where: Wolfe Tone Park

When: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Where: Custom House Quay

When: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

St. Patrick’s Festival Parade

Where: City Centre, beginning at Parnell Square

When: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The parade will continue down O’Connell Street from Parnell Square, travel over O’Connell Bridge to Westmoreland Street. It will then makes its way down Dame Street and Lord Edward Street, past Christchurch Cathedral, along Patrick Street, to finish past St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Band and Street Performances

Where: Bands, at Coppinger Row, South King St., Dame Court; Street performances at Grafton St. and South King St.

When: 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Trad Stage

Where: Meeting House Square, Temple Bar

When: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Sunday, March 18

Fun Fairs

Where: Merrion Square West

When: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Where: Wolfe Tone Park

When: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Where: Custom House Quay

When: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Big Day Out

Where: Merrion Square

When: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

St. Patrick’s Festival 5km Road Race

Where: Begins at the Mansion House on Dawson Street, route through Georgian Dublin, ending back at the Mansion House

Time: 12:00 pm

Monday, March 19

Dublin University Boat Races

Where: O'Connell Bridge to St. James' Gate Brewery

When: 8:30am The Moorhead Trophy - Novice Women

9:00am The Dan Quinn Perpetual Shield - Novice Men

9:30am The Corcoran Cup - Senior Women

10:00am The Gannon Cup - Senior Men

Fun Fairs

Where: Merrion Square West

When: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Where: Wolfe Tone Park

When: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Where: Custom House Quay

When: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Discovering Science Treasure Hunt

Where: City Hall, Dame St.

When: Registration 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Limerick

Friday, March 16

Trad Trail

Where & When: See www.limerick.ie for details

Family fun, buskers & music

Where: The Milk Market

When: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday, March 17

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Where: O’Connell Ave. to Island Road

When: 12:00 pm

Irish Myths and Legends, Music, Arts & Crafts

Where: Hunt Museum

When: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

St. Patrick’s Festival Club

Where: Limerick Strand Hotel

When: 7:00 pm

Family fun, buskers & music

Where: The Milk Market

When: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Trad Trail

Where & When: See www.limerick.ie for details

Sunday, March 18

International Band Championship

Where: O’Connell Ave. – Merchants Quay

When: 12:00 pm

Family fun, buskers & music

Where: The Milk Market

When: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Trad Trail

Where & When: See www.limerick.ie for details

Galway City

Thursday, March 15


Notre Dame “Fighting Irish” Marching Band

Where: Starts at Eyre Square, finishes at High Street

When: 6:30 pm

International Print Exhibition

Where: Galway City Hall

When: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Friday, March 16

Latin Quarter St. Patrick’s Weekend Trad Trail

Where: Tig Coili, Taaffes Bar, Spanish Arch Hotel, Kellys Bar, The Quays Bar, The Kings Head

When: See http://stpatricksgalway.com for details.

International Print Exhibition

Where: Galway City Hall

When: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday, March 17

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Where: Starting at Lower Dominick Street, the parade route will travel over O'Briens Bridge, up Shop Street, onto Eyre Square and finish in front of the Galway County Council Buildings.

When: 11:30 am

International Print Exhibition

Where: Galway City Hall

When: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, March 18

Latin Quarter St. Patrick’s Weekend Trad Trail

Where: Tig Coili, Taaffes Bar, Spanish Arch Hotel, Kellys Bar, The Quays Bar, The Kings Head

When: See http://stpatricksgalway.com for details.

International Print Exhibition

Where: Galway City Hall

When: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cork City

Saturday, March 17


St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Where: Starting South Mall at Parnell Place, up Grand Parade and St. Patrick’s Street and end at Merchant’s Quay.

When: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Barry’s Tea Market

Where: Grand Parade and Boardwalk South Mall

When: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Living Social Music Stage

Featuring: Comhaltas, Meascáin and Death by Chocolate

Where: Grand Parade and Boardwalk South Mall

When: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

The Lee Sessions

Where: The Oliver Plunkett on Oliver Plunkett St.

When: 2:00 pm to close

Where: Coughlan’s on Douglas St

When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Where: The Rock Bar on Gillabbey St.

When: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Sunday, March 18

Barry’s Tea Market

Where: St Patrick’s St.

When: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Living Social Music Stage

Featuring: Tórann, The Céilí Allstars and Gypsy Six

Where: St Patrick’s St.

When: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Monday, March 19

Barry’s Tea Market

Where: St Patrick’s St.

When: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Living Social Music Stage

Featuring: The Dustbusters Orchestra, The Backwater Band and Two Time Polka

Where: St Patrick’s St.

When: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Belfast

Saturday, March 17


Carnival Parade

Where: Starting at Belfast City Hall, continuing down Chichester St., up Victoria St., and ending at Custom House Square

When: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Music Stage

Featuring: Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Sophie Habibis, Pure Blarney, The Royal Tara School of Irish Dance, Bright Lights, Shake, and Ashelin

Where: Custom House Square

When: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

What’s On Abroad

Russia

Irish street spectacle performers Macnas will join the parade and festival in Moscow, while the Moscow Irish Film Festival will celebrate its fifth year with Irish features, documentaries and short films, including The Pier, Kisses, Death of a Superhero and One Hundred Mornings.

China

Members of the Royal Irish Academy of Music are set to perform chamber music concerts in Beijing and Shanghai, and Ciorras, a traditional music group, will perform in Beijing. The two cities will also host a number of collaborative Irish/Chinese multi-media art exhibitions.

France

The Irish Cultural Centre in Paris will feature a special season of events, to include film, literature, visual arts and music.

United States

The Irish Arts Centre in New York will be the focal point of a number of event, and a a concert will showcase the work of Edel Bhreathnach, Moya Brennan & Cormac de Barra at the American Irish Historical Society on Fifth Avenue.

England

London’s St Patrick’s Day parade will be joined by spectacle specialists Bui Bolg and Artastic. By night, Londoners will have the chance to take in popular and traditional Irish music featuring Gemma Hayes and The High Kings at Trafalgar Square.