Welcome to the 2013 Manchester Irish Festival
Dear Friends of the 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.
This year we have linked up with the yearlong tourism initiative 'The 2013 Gathering in Ireland' and are delighted to play our part in encouraging people to return home for a 'Gathering event', thereby strengthening our ties.
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 17th March for the St. Patrick’s Parade, which is celebrating its twenty third anniversary, and visit our city centre Irish market and entertainment marquee in Albert Square from Friday 8th March to Sunday 17th March 2013. This year the Festival Market opens on Friday 8th March, with a smaller market mid week and the full market again on the second weekend.
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.
We hope you have a very enjoyable and Happy St. Patrick’s Day.