Top Ten Events for St Patricks Parade weekend in Manchester

Manchester Irish Festival 2017

Top Ten Events for St Patricks Parade Weekend in Manchester
This year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade in Manchester takes place on Sunday 12 March. The three mile parade starts at the Irish World Heritage in Cheetham Hill around 12 noon and arrives in Albert Square around 2pm. Here are the top ten things to try during this years parade weekend:

1. Visit the St Patrick’s Day Parade
Mass is concelebrated in Gaelic at 10am at the Irish World Heritage Centre before the Parade gets ready to leave the Centre at around 12 noon. The best place to watch the Parade is around Albert Square but please note it gets very busy around the square. Don’t forget to wear something Green or your County colours.

2. Support the Irish Charity Night at St Antony’s College in Urmston
Joe Casserley will host a special Irish Night to kick start the Parade weekend celebrations on Friday 10 March at St Antony’s Catholic College in Urmston. The special evening will feature a host of Irish Music, Song and Dance and there is a free Irish Stew on the night and a fully licensed bar. This annual event is raising money for a Romanian Orphanage that the School has built up strong links with.

3. Visit the Mayo Manchester Tradfest at m19 Bar and Music venue in Levenshulme
On Saturday 11 March a special concert to celebrate Mayo Manchester winning through to the Final of the Irish Tourism Industry awards will take place at m19bar. It features the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, The Keegan Academy of Irish Dancing, Joe Keegan from the hit TV show the voice and the Grace Kennedy School of Irish Dancing. Doors open at 7.30pm, show starts at 8pm, families welcome.

4. Try out the National Irish Studies Conference at Irish World Heritage Centre
The Manchester Irish Studies group celebrate their 21st annual conference this year. The special event will take place at the Irish World Heritage Centre on Saturday 11 March, registration is from 9am.

5. Enjoy the Carousel Sessions with Tony McManus at Chorlton Irish Club
The popular Carousel Sessions run by the award winning Mike McGoldrick are to feature a special concert by Tony McManus at the Chorlton Irish Club on Saturday 11 March.

6. Enjoy a Free Concert by Kieran Cunningham and Emma Sweeney at the Union in Levenshulme
Irish singer/songwriter and actor Kieran Cunningham and award winning fiddle player Emma Sweeney play a special free Irish concert in the intimate suuroundings of the Union Irish Bar in Levenshulme on Saturday 11March.

7. Enjoy Free Concert by Hot Brandy at the Farmers Arms in Burnage
Irish Country duo Hot Brandy kick start the Parade celebrations in Burnage on Saturday 11 March with a free concert at the popular Irish bar – The Farmers Arms in Burnage.

8. Support St Lawrence’s GAA Race night at the Bowling Green
St Lawrence’s GAA have organised a big weekend to celebrate the St Patrick’s weekend in Manchester. It starts with an annual fundraising Race Night at the Bowling Green in Chorlton on Friday 10 March hosted by Dan Mellet.

9. Cheer on Ireland in the 6 Nations and support your local Premiership team in the FA Cup

Wales take on Ireland in a crucial fixture in this years on Friday 10 March at 8.05pm it will be screened live at Hennigans Sports Bar in Levenshulme and St Kent’s Irish Club in Fallowfield, get your Ireland shirt on and cheer on the lads.

There are crucial fixtures for Manchester United and Manchester City during the Parade weekend with City taking on Middlesbrough on Saturday 11 March at 12.15 in the FA Cup to win a place in the semi-final, whilst Manchester United take on Chelsea in the FA Cup on Monday 13th March at 7.45pm. Both games will be screened live at a number of Manchester’s Irish bars and clubs including: St Kent’s in Fallowfield, The Chorlton Irish Club, The Bowling Green in Chorlton, Hennigans Sports Bar and the Union in Levenshulme and the Farmers Arms in Burnage, plus Osheas Irish Bar in the city centre.

10. Try an Irish Seisun
Grace Kelly will host a free Irish Seisun at The Horseshoe Pub in Levenshulme on Friday 10 March and a Post Parade Party at the Chorlton Irish Club on Sunday 12 March. Bring your instrument to join in or just come along to listen.