Top Ten Events for St Patricks Week in Manchester

Manchester Irish Festival 2017

We have picked out our Top Ten events to try at this year’s 2017 Manchester Irish Festival during St Patrick’s Week. Please note that some events have already sold out (Irish Mancunian St Patricks Day Meal) so please check with the venue. Full details are on our events page.

1. Watch the Cheltenham Races and Six Nations Live

With the Cheltenham Races now putting a limit on the amount of drinks its visitors can purchase during the hugely popular race week, a lot of people are staying at home to watch it in their local Irish venue. It is a massive week for Ireland in their quest to win the Six Nations Rugby. The Crucial game between England and Ireland takes place on the very last day of the festival on Sunday 19 March. You can watch the Races and the Six Nations live at the following venues: St Kent’s Irish Club in Fallowfield, Hennigans Sports Bar in Levenshulme, The Farmers Arms in Burnage, The Union in Levenshulme, The Bowling Green in Chorlton, The Chorlton Irish Club (Just Six Nations), O'Sheas Irish Bar and the Irish World Heritage Centre.

2. Enjoy an Irish Folk Night

Chris Grieve is performing a free St Patrick’s Eve folk night in the Union in Levenshulme. The Canadian born Irish singer and guitarist who also plays in the Canadian Celtic Rock band ‘The Claymores’ is playing a solo show. Expect to hear a series of classic Irish tunes as well as a few Sawdoctors tunes.

3. Try out some Irish Music or Dancing in your local Irish Venue

A whole host of Irish venues stage weekly Irish Dancing classes for adults and children. The Chorlton Irish Club is home to The Tara CCE music group and the award winning Keegan Academy of Irish Dancing. Contact the venue for further details.

4. Enjoy a St Patrick’s Day Breakfast

St Kent’s Irish club together with the Levenshulme Pub Company are sponsoring this years St Patrick’s Day Breakfast. All money raised from the event is being donated to local charities. The breakfast is served from 11am after mass in St Kent’s in Fallowfield. A full programme of Irish music and dancing displays will take place all day.

5. Watch the Irish Stepathon at the night time St Patricks Day Market in Levenshulme

The very popular Levenshulme Market has joined forces with the Manchester Irish Festival to stage a family friendly St Patrick’s Night Market. Forty stalls will be selling freshly produced food and drink from 5pm to 9pm. A Charity Irish Stepathon featuring three Irish Dancing School will take place from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, the event will be raising money for the homeless in Manchester.
The Irish Dancing groups taking part are; The Keegan Academy of Irish Dance from the Chorlton Irish Club, The Levenshulme based Reel Rhythm Dance group who practise at St Kent’s Irish Club in Fallowfield and the newly formed Grace Kennedy School of Irish Dance in Sale.

6. Enjoy a taste of County Levenshulme

The area which is home to one of the biggest Irish communities in the UK has a full programme of events running right through to Sunday 19 March. Make sure you visit the Thairish Café which is holding a special Irish Art exhibition as well as holding a special Irish themed venue from the 11-19 March, they also stock a whole host of Irish products to take away. Watch out for the Irish community Care events at St Mary’s Parish Hall and the numerous free Irish concerts in the pubs and clubs in the area.

7. Enjoy a St Patrick’s Day Party

With so many Irish venues hosting a St Patricks Day event it is hard to pick out a favourite but the award winning Irish Country star Stephen Smyth flying over from Ireland must be one of the biggest gigs during this year’s Irish Festival at St Kent’s Irish club in Fallowfield.

8. Visit the Irish Heritage Day at Central Library in the city centre

With live Entertainment from the Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band and Irish Dancing displays from the Keegan Academy of Irish Dancing the library looks set to a lively venue on Saturday 18 March. There are also exhibitions from the Irish World Heritage Centre and a photo exhibition featuring the last 22 years of Young, Gifted & Green and the award winning Mayo Manchester Tradfest. The event is free and runs from 12 noon to 4pm.

9. Grab your dancing shoes for The Lonesome & Penniless Cowboys

Get ready to dance the night away on Saturday 18 March when the legendary Lonesome & Penniless Cowboys from Manchester are performing at Fred’s Ale House in Levenshulme. Expect to hear raucous versions of country classics. Also playing are Bristol's Boudica Boogaloo.

10. Help City turn the Etihad Green for Liverpool clash

Manchester City Football club are turning their stadium Green on the final day of the festival on Sunday 19 March in their crunch game against Liverpool in this sold out top of the table clash. There are a series of Irish bands playing a pre-match gig which is headlined by Celtic Rock outfit ‘The Scattering’ who also play a warm up gig at The Farmers Arms in Burnage on Saturday 18 March.