Manchester Irish Festival press the Green Button at United
The award winning Fianna Phadraig Pipe pressed the green button at the world famous Manchester United Football Stadium at Old Trafford in Manchester. The band performed in front of the stadium before their top of the table clash with Tottenham Hotspur.
Tony Hennigan from the festival commented “We got a great reception from the fans and Ronaldo scored a hat trick in this must win game for United so I guess we brought them the luck of the Irish. It was great to be involved in the Tourism Irelands campaign to get people to visit www.ireland.com to press the green button to book their trip home to Ireland.”
This isn’t the first time that the band have played the stadium, they first played the stadium in 1957. The performance was just one of 24 gigs for the popular band during this years two week Irish Festival. During the weekend they performed at the Little Sisters of the Poor Nursing Home, OSheas Irish Bar, Bar Pop, Bar eight, St Anthonys Church, the Bowling Green, Duffy’s Bar, Kiley’s Bar and Mulligans Irish Bar.
They were also asked to officially launch this years Manchester Irish Festival with a two hour live broadcast by OnEire with presenters John Joe Casserley and Clare Flynn. The launch took place at the popular Irish bar, The Farmers Arms in Burnage. It featured performances from the band alongside banjo player Angela Usher and her group of trad musicians. Plus fiddle player Colleen Langan, the Keegan Academy of Irish Dance and Singer songwriter, Queen Grace.