Top ten things to try during St Patrick's week in Manchester

Manchester Irish Festival 2018

Top Ten things to try at St Patricks Week in Manchester

We have picked out our Top Ten events to try at this year’s 2018 Manchester Irish Festival during St Patrick’s Week. Please note that some events have already sold out, Full details of all the events taking place in Manchester are listed on the events page.

1. Watch the Cheltenham Gold Cup 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. You can watch the action 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 and O’Sheas Irish Bar. The races take place during the afternoon from Tuesday 13 March to Friday 16 March.

2. Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Hennigan’s Hooley
Grab your Green and Red and head down to County Levenshulme for Irish DJ David H’s Thirteen hour Music Marathon around the Counties in the popular Union Music Venue on St Patrick’s Day fun starts at 11am, free Irish Stew and soda bread available during the day. There is also the chance of winning a Night for two in the Gateway Hotel in Mayo which includes Dinner and Breakfast for anyone wearing the Mayo County colours of Green and Red. The competition is part of worldwide Mayo Day promotion which takes place around the globe on Saturday 5 May.

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 School of Irish Dancing and the Reel Deal Dance Troupe. Contact the venue for further details.

4. Enjoy a Day of Sport on St Patrick’s Day
If you love Sport you are in for a marathon session on St Patrick’s Day with live GAA from 12, followed by England v Ireland in the Six Nations, will Ireland win the Grand Slam?, grab your shirt and cheer on the warriors, in the evening its Man United v Brighton in the FA Cup at 7.45pm. Irish Venues showing all the sport include: St Kent’s Irish Club in Fallowfield, Hennigans Sports Bar in Levenshulme, The Farmers Arms in Burnage, The Union in Levenshulme, The Bowling Green and Chorlton Irish Club in Chorlton and O’Sheas Irish Bar in the city centre.

5. Enjoy a Night time St Patricks Eve Market in Levenshulme
The very popular Levenshulme Market has joined forces with the Manchester Irish Festival to stage a family friendly St Patrick’s Eve Market. Forty stalls will be selling freshly produced food and drink from 6pm to 10pm.

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 18 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 12-18 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. On Friday 16th March the award winning Levy Market stages its Night time Food and Drinks market where you will be able to sample food and drink from all four corners of the globe from 6pm to 10pm. Michael Fox provides the live Irish entertainment at the Union in Levenshulme and its free admission.

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 Eamonn McCann 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. Help turn the Monastery Green on St Patrick’s Day
Tickets for this black tie event which is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Manchester based Good Life Orphanage have sold out weeks in advance. The event features a host of Manchester’s premier Irish Musicians, singers and dancers as well as a sumptuous three course meal in the Iconic surroundings of Gorton Monastery.

9. Watch the Manchester Premiere of Seven Drunken Nights
Manchester singer songwriter Ged Graham brings the story of The Dubliners to the Opera House Theatre in Manchester on Sunday 18 March. Get your tickets early for this concert which has been selling out venues all over the UK including the West End in London.

10. Turn the City Green on St Patrick’s Day
Grab your shamrock and Green outfit and head out to your local Irish venue where the party will start early on Saturday and finish when the cows come home. Remember an Irish venue is for life and not just St Patrick’s Day, but it’s the best place to enjoy the craic on your Saints feast day and meet up with old friends and make a few new ones.