Sold out GLO St Patricks Day Ball to turn Gorton Monastery Green

Manchester Irish Festival 2018

Sold out St Patrick’s Charity Ball to turn Monastery Green for 10th Anniversary

The prestigious Gorton Monastery will be turned Green on St Patrick's Day to celebrate the tenth anniversary of The Good Life Orphanage. The Bi-annual Charity Ball promises to be one of the highlights of this year’s 2018 Manchester Irish Festival.

The Manchester based charity set up by Mary Maguire and her husband Kevin looks after orphans in Kenya, Africa. The first Orphanage opened in 2008 and now cares for over 50 orphaned children. The charity is quite unique in that every single penny raised goes directly to the orphanage (no administration travel or accommodation costs are taken by anyone involved in the charity, who all self-fund their costs).
This Black Tie Event is one of the highlights of the 2018 Manchester Irish Festival and is a major fundraising event for the charity. The event includes a Champagne reception, plus a three course meal and entertainment. The line up includes: The Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, Grace Kennedy School of Irish Dance, Joe Casserley DJ & Compere, Sweeney & Sulivan (Female Vocal Duet), Reel Rhythms Dance Troupe, Irish Fiddle Maestro Richard Sanderson & the Commotion Band.

It takes place again in the newly refurbished Gorton Monastery which has one countless awards for its unique setting, the Monastery which was originally designed by Pugin and has had a multi-million pound renovation to turn it into one of the UK's premier events venue, it has been used by countless blue chip companies to host their dinners and many of you will remember the sold out Young, Gifted and Green show that was staged at the same venue.

When asked about why they were staging the event at the venue one of the organisers Catherine O'Gara replied "We are delighted to stage a St Patrick's Dinner to celebrate our tenth anniversary and to raise funds for 'GLO' its a fantastic charity which relies on events like this to keep it going. The Monastery has a unique atmosphere and we had such a great time at our last St Patrick's Dinner it is great to be holding it on St Patrick's Feast Day."

Tony Hennigan the press officer for the Manchester Irish Festival website added "I love Gorton Monastery, we staged the sell-out Young, Gifted & Green show there and the Irish community loved the connection to its history and the iconic building, it is rated as one of the top ten buildings in the world and once you step inside it, you can see why. Lots of major companies like the BBC have staged their events there the acoustics are fantastic and it makes a great backdrop for an event like this. People are still talking about the last St Patrick's Dinner held there in 2016 and I am delighted that this event has once again sold out weeks in advance and promises to be another success for the charity."

For more information about the orphanage visit their website www.thegoodlifeorphanage.com