Levenshulme stages Free Irish Festival to celebrate Anniversary

Manchester Irish Festival 2019

Pub company celebrates 30th Anniversary with two week free Irish Festival

The Levenshulme Pub Company in South Manchester is celebrating its 30th Anniversary by sponsoring a free two week Irish Festival during this years Manchester Irish Festival at its 5 venues in South Manchester. The Festival runs from Friday 1st March to St Patrick’s Day itself on Sunday 17 March.

The festival will be launched on Saturday 2 March with an outdoor performance by the award winning Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band at the popular Levy Market at 12 noon. The band will then officially open the company’s photography exhibition celebrating its support of the Irish Arts in Manchester and Ireland since 1989 in Fred’s Ale House Art Gallery. For a full list of the festivals free events visit www.manchesteririshfestival.co.uk

Company director Lawrence Hennigan commented “Levenshulme is home to one of the biggest Irish communities in the UK and have been involved in the annual festival since it started in 1996. We wanted to celebrate our anniversary with a free two week Irish Festival which would be open to everyone. As well as the Irish Festival, we have a whole year of events planned to celebrate the companies anniversary this year.”

The Pub company have helped showcase some of the biggest stars in the world of Irish Music, Comedy, Song and Dance. These have included the BBC award winning Irish Comedian Ardal O’Hanlon and it helped launch the career of Manchester Irish Comedian Peter Kay who won the MEN City Life Comedian of the Year at their flagship venue, the 860-capacity Palace Nightclub. Other stars to appear at the venue included BBC radio presenter Mark Radcliffe with his Irish band ‘The Pogue Mahones’ and the multi award winning Mike McGoldrick with Manchester’s legendary Celtic Rock band ‘Toss the Feathers’. The list of Irish bands to appear at the popular Irish venue reads like a who’s who of the Irish Music world with Davey Spillane (Riverdance), Altan, Dominic Kirwan, Euro vision multi award winning Johnny Logan, Stocktons Wing, Sharon Shannon, Borderline, Dublin Rogues, Frances Black, Mary Coughlan, Goats Don’t Shave and Royal Flush.

Lord of the Dance star, James Keegan appeared at the venue on a number of occasions as one of the founding members of ‘Young, Gifted and Green’, the group that has helped raise over £220,000 for different charities.

Levenshulme Pub company have always had an interest in sport and were one of the first venues in the UK to screen Ireland’s international games. They were also involved with Manchester City Football Club and for a number of years sponsored the Junior Blues Football club.

Since 2012 the company has been working with the Irish government and Mayo County Council in the West of Ireland to develop tourism and business links between the two areas. It helped stage the Mayo Manchester Tradfest gathering which was Ireland’s biggest event in 2013 and has since become an annual week long festival in County Mayo.

The company currently own five venues in South Manchester, namely, Hennigan’s Sports Bar, the Union Irish Music Bar, Fred’s Ale House, Coffee House and Art Gallery, m19bar and the Farmers Arms in Burnage. It has always been heavily involved in the local community and as well as its commitment to supporting the Irish Arts, it also founded the multi-cultural Levenshulme Festival in 1995 and its annual Christmas Lights festival.

For more information about the company visit www.levenshulmepubcompany.com

Highlights include

1. Levenshulme Pub Company thirty years of memories - exhibition of photos in the Union and Fred’s Ale House Art Gallery in Levenshulme 1-17 March

Come and view some of the performers who have played the companies venues in the last thirty years and try and spot yourself in the crowds. It features a host of performers who include the likes of Peter Kay, Ardal O'Hanlon, Toss the Feathers, BBC's Mark Radcliffe, Manni from Stone Roses, the late Tony Wilson and Frank Sidebottom and a whole host of Irish acts which reads like a who's who of the Irish entertainment world.

2. From Attymass to Ashford Castle - photo exhibition from Mayo Manchester Tradfest , Fred’s Ale House Art Gallery 1-17 March, come and view the photos from the MMTradfest's tour of Mayo.

3. Launch of Manchester Irish Festival at Levy Market at 12 noon on Saturday 2 March at 12 noon with Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band followed by performance at Fred’s Ale House at 12.30 to launch exhibitions.

4. Manchester Irish Festival Karaoke Competition with £225 in cash prizes at Farmers Arms in Burnage, Friday 1 March and Friday 15 March

5. A Women's Heart Weekend which will showcase the work of Manchester's female Irish artists, Saturday 16th March features a free concert by BBC Singer Songwriter, Claire Mooney and friends, On Sunday 17 March the 5 piece Moor Irish group stage a free St Patrick's Night Tradfest session bring your instruments and dancing shoes, everyone is welcome.

6. The award winning Cibus launch their Manchester Irish Festival Sunday Roast on Sunday 3 March and it is being served on the 10th and on St Patrick's Day itself from 12 noon to 5pm, advance booking is essential. The Pop up Restaurant is situated on the first floor of Fred's Ale House in Levenshulme.

7. Hennigans Sports Bar are staging a Palace Nightclub reunion quiz hosted by Suzie Q on Thursday 14 March at 8pm

8. The Union are staging a series of free Irish Music Concerts on Saturday 2, Saturday 9 and Saturday 16 as well as on St Patrick's Day itself on Sunday 17 March

9. Check out the live music events at the Farmers Arms which include an appearance of Elvis and an All day St Patrick's Day Party on Sunday 17 March

10. Hennigans will be staging a Cheltenham Festival with all of the Races screened live and they will even provide a runner to put your bets on.