Welcome to the Manchester Irish Festival

Welcome to the 2015 Manchester Irish Festival

A warm Irish welcome awaits all our visitors as Manchester once again celebrates its Irish Festival, which was first established in 1996.

It is great to welcome you back to another year of Irish Arts, Culture, Film, Music and Dance from the Irish community of Manchester.

On behalf of the Festival we would like to cordially invite you to join in and help us celebrate our action packed cultural programme which is one of Europe’s biggest Irish Community celebrations outside of the Emerald Isle. It is an exciting part of our wonderful city life and we are so proud of its achievements.

2013 was a hugely successful year for the Irish in Manchester. In August, hundreds travelled over to Mayo to take part in the first ever Manchester / Mayo Gathering. This was extremely successful and further enhanced the reputation of the Manchester Irish Festival, which was closely involved with the event. In January, Manchester once again hooked up with Mayo to hold a concert - in the iconic Dublin City Hall, as part of the Templebar 'Tradfest'

This year's festival is shaping up well. Acts already confirmed include live performances from Mary Black, Clannad, Toss the Feathers, Sean Taylor, Nicky McCallan and the Last Drop. Comedy from Martin Mór, Justin Moorhouse, Steve Gribbin, Andrew Ryan and Terry Christian as well as dozens more events including sport, dance, poetry, heritage, literature and food.

There are over 200 events at over 100 venues throughout Greater Manchester during the ten days of the festival, make sure you sample as many as you can.

Please come down and show your support on Sunday 16th March for the St. Patrick’s Parade, which is celebrating its twenty fourth anniversary, and visit our city centre Irish market and entertainment marquee in Albert Square. Don't forget to visit our festival market in Albert Square.
We would like to thank all our sponsors, Manchester City Council, and all our volunteers, as without their support we would not be able to put on this 10 day extravaganza.

Keep your eye out on this website for more fantastic events that help promote Irish Culture and help develop tourism links between Manchester and Ireland.

We hope you have a very enjoyable and Happy St. Patrick’s Day.