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St Patrick’s Day events

Irish people all over Britain will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day on Saturday 17 March and the days around it. There will be events large and small, here are some highlights sent in by Irish in Britain members.

If you would like us to include your event, email details to


Birmingham Irish Heritage Group  Birmingham logo

The Birmingham Irish Heritage Group is looking for volunteers to join us in period costume (Victorian/Edwardian in particular) for our annual ‘march’. Members are invited to hire or even create their own outfits and designs. As this is the centenary of the Suffragette movement, perhaps you might wish to create appropriate banners/placards (i.e. ‘Votes for Women’) for the occasion?

Time to get suited and booted and make your mark! So if you fancy joining in the fun please let Risteárd Sinclair know.

All are welcome. We meet at the Rowton Hotel around 11.00am, Sunday 11th March.



Birmingham Irish Fun Run

Emerald Mile, Birmingham’s first, and only Irish themed fun run is taking place on 11 March as part of the Birmingham St. Patrick’s Parade celebrations, the fun run is just two miles long and shall take place along the parade route ahead of the parade procession.

Back for its second year, and with South and City College returning as official sponsors, it’s going to be bigger and better than ever!

The event is family friendly, and offers the perfect day out, with the Fun Run kicking off at 10.30am, the Parade commencing at 12pm, and then the Emerald Village family area and St Pat Rocks Festival area open all day!

Sign up now to run for a charity of your choice, for the St Patrick’s Festival itself, or simply for the craic! Fancy dress is also absolutely encouraged – so dig out your best threads and get creative.

All runners will receive a special edition runners medals and ‘I ran the Emerald Mile’ t–shirt, not to mention some amazing prizes up for grabs, £100 cash prize, £100 Love2Shop vouchers, meals out, Spa day, and much more.

The run will begin at 10:30am at South and City College, which will also act as race HQ for runner registrations and a secure area for runners to leave belongings.

To register now please visit–mile. Registration closes at 10am on Thursday 8 March 2018.


Coláiste na nGael  logo

Coláiste na nGael are having an Irish Language Day with music and games in Weston Super Mare in Somerset. The event begins at 11am and is free to the public.  



Coventry Irish Society 


Saturday 17 March, evening

Blackstairs Rebel, from Co Wexford will be playing live at St Finbarrs Club, Coventry. Tickets £5





Irish Community Services  ICS logo

We are celebrating St Patrick’s Day on 16 March 2018 12.30–5pm
with bacon and cabbage for lunch followed by live Irish music and Dancing and a raffle

Falconwood Community Centre, The Green, Welling DA16 2PG

We are looking forward to seeing everyone.
It’s a ticket only event, please contact Irish Community Services on 020 8854 4466


Jersey Irish Society  Jersey logo

The first event is a St Patrick’s Festival Black Tie Ball which this year takes place on Friday 16th March at the Royal Yacht Hotel, St Helier.

The multi talented group Blás are travelling from Ireland to entertain us, with special guest Liam Scanlon from Co. Mayo. Liam, a multiple All–Ireland Champion dancer, & fresh from a tour of Austria, will give us a display of Sean Nos dancing.

At the Ball, The Patrick J Hickey Memorial Cup will be presented to the winning GAA team following this annually contested match, and the Michael Kilroy Shield will be presented to the Jersey Irish Society Irish Person of the Year.

The proceeds of the raffle on the night will be donated to the JIS chosen charity which is Les Amis this year to help with their work and support of local disabled adults, young people and their families.

St Patrick’s Day always begins with Mass and the blessing of shamrock which is imported from Ireland, and sponsored this year by Linda Renouf and family whose late father hailed from Dingle. The President’s address to the Diaspora is read, and shamrock distributed after Mass.

Following Mass, a reception, hosted by the Society, and by kind permission of Constable Simon Crowcroft, is held at the Town Hall, St Helier for the wider Jersey Irish Community. Blás will also entertain us during the reception.

Following the reception, the community usually continue celebrating with the Cannon O’Rafferty School of Irish Dance, or at local Irish–managed pub Kitty O’Shea’s.

Last year, local iconic building Fort Regent was ‘greened’ for St Patrick’s Day, and we hope that this will be repeated this year together with a few more well known establishments in Jersey.



Celebrating Irish arts and culture in all its forms, the Liverpool Irish Festival, Connected Irish and partners across the city are taking this moment to consider what St Patrick’s means to Liverpudlians by ‘greening the city’ and we need you to help us. 

To get more and more buildings to ‘go green’ for St Patrick’s Day we need you to support our #GreenLiverpoolYes campagn, by posting the following on to your social media feed:

I support the #GreenLiverpoolYes campaign. Liverpool city buildings: please go green from sunset/6pm on 17 Mar to sunrise/6am on 18 Mar 2018. @LivIrishFest #ConnectedIrish #Liverpool2018 #IrishEmbGB

The more posts we get, the more buildings we’re likely to attract. To be clear, this will use no more power than the existing lighting used, it will just give the city an emerald glow! Let’s show how much Liverpool loves Ireland!

From parades to seisiúns, ceílís to masses, GAA sports to business breakfasts, Liverpool celebrates St Patrick’s Day with both traditional and contemporary Irish events across the city. For some it will be a deeply religious day, whilst for others it is a chance to meet friends, remember loved ones, enjoy food and drink or raise a cup to the 44 million+ Irish diaspora living globally.

Find out more here


Leeds Irish Health and Homes  dancers on parade

Sunday 11th March – Leeds St Patrick’s Day Parade. This year our theme is ‘Molly Malone’ and Support Worker Teresa O’Driscoll and our band of very skilled crafters from our CHIME Art Group have been busy turning this year’s float into a Dublin market street complete the our very own ‘Molly Malone and cart!’ We don’t do things by halves here in Leeds ;0)

Monday 12th March – St Patrick’s Day Client Luncheon. An already sold out event over 120 clients will sit down to a 3 course lunch (bacon and cabbage with all the trimmings of course) along with the Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr Jane Dowson, business owners, supporters and guests from the Leeds Irish construction industry. Following ‘the big feed’ guests will enjoy live Irish ceíllí music and an Irish disco from the legendary ‘Tommy K’. Raffles & prizes will end the day of smiles, shamrocks and shenanigans!

Wednesday 14th March – Irwin Mitchell Solicitors who have supported our organisation for many years and hold a drop–in solicitor advice centre for our clients are hosting a special event ‘Friends of Leeds Irish Health & Homes St Patrick’s Celebration’. An event taking place in their prestigious offices in Leeds centre where Irish business owners from Leeds and surrounding will enjoy a drinks reception, capapés, Irish music and a word from a very special guest; Ireland Rugby League International and Leeds Rhinos European Super League star Anthony Mullaly.  

The event is a follow up to the successfully co–hosted Sky event held in September where we welcomed Minister Ciarán Cannon to meet/greet guests and as we continue our goal to build a network of supporters and spread the word about our services.

So by the time Ireland beat England in the rugby (they will!) we will be exhausted but we will still have the energy to celebrate this great day in the Irish calendar!


London Irish Centre

London Irish Centre headingThe London Irish Centre is putting on its biggest ever progamme of events over St Patrick’s week. From live music to quizes, Irish food and family fun.

“Offering a mix of community, culture and craic for all ages! There are a tonne of great events for you to come along to and support! Whether you’re 8 or 88, there’s something for everyone!” Full details here.


London’s St Patrick’s Day Festival 

London parade

This is now in its 16th year and it attracts more than 125,000 people to events across London and to the parade and festival in central London. 

It’s become a destination event showcasing the best of Irish food, music, song, dance, culture and arts.  

This year’s three–day cultural and community festival culminates in the St Patrick’s Day parade in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 18 March. Irish in Britain will have a stall, drop by and say hello. Full details here.


London Irish LGBT Network  London LGBT logo

The London Irish LGBT Network will be marching in the Mayor of London’s St Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday 18th March. 

Anyone who wants to join us please contact James for details or 07588339595 Hope to see you there! 

We will also have a stall in Trafalgar Square. Come and see us!


Nottingham Festival and Parade

Parade 2017

The festival, now in its 19th year (photo shows last year’s parade), runs from the 4–18 March. 

Irish Season at the Broadway Media Cinema 

Sun 4th March: SONG OF GRANITE 2.15pm. Joe Heaney was one of the greats of traditional Irish sean–nós singing. Filmmaker Pat Collins brings his dramatic life story to the screen with an audacious exploration of the man and his music, marrying traditional narrative episodes with evocative archive material. 

Sun 11th March: NO STONE UNTURNED 4.30pm. Six men were gunned down and five wounded in a pub in the small village of Loughinisland while watching Ireland’s landmark victory over Italy in the World Cup. Despite a police investigation and subsequent re–openings of the case, no one has ever been charged for the murders. Alex Gibney reopens the original files and the reports that followed, conducting an exhaustive and fascinating inquiry and uncovering a shocking case of collusion and cover–up. 

Sun 25th March: SANCTUARY 2.00pm. Director: Len Collin Country: Ireland Year: 2016  Starring: Kieran Coppinger, Charlene Kelly Two people with intellectual disabilities try to engage in a relationship against the expectations and prohibitions of the authorities. They struggle to defend and demonstrate their love for each other against the disapproval of others.  

Sat 17th March: SIX NATIONS RUGBY ENGLAND vs IRELAND  2.45pm The Championship is up for grabs on St Patrick’s Day. 

Nottingham Arts Theatre

Sat 17th March: – 7.30pm Ruff n Ready presents AMHRÁIN Ó BHAILE Amhráin ó bhaile (Songs from Home) Described as ‘playing with passion and energy’ and as being ‘a lively, entertaining, colourful, charismatic group of fine musicians’, Irish Fold Band, Ruff ‘n’ Ready, inspired by the music of the Irish Diaspora, perform their exciting new show. 

The Greyfriars, St Anns, Gordon Road NG3 2LG 

Sat 17th March: Full Irish breakfast served 9.00– 11.15am 10.30am Live music from Brendan O’ Brian (multi–instrumentalist) 

Hot Guinness beef stew served until 7.00pm 2.45pm Watch England v Ireland on our giant screen 6.00p.m The top Irish tunes from our resident D.J 9.00p.m Phone: 0115 9111491

St Patrick’s Day Parade

Saturday 17 March

The parade will assemble at 11.30am at Thurland Street/Pelham Street led by the Chief Marshall Liam Fitzgerald as County Wicklow leads the Parade. There will be entertainment throughout the day in Market Square.

More information here.


Pendle and District Irish Society

Pendle & District Irish Society (PADIS) are holding a St Patrick’s Dance at The Muni Colne (Lancashire) on Friday 16 March.

The Mayor & Mayoress of Pendle and Andrew Stephenson MP are attending. 

Music from – Pat Jordan & Finians Rainbow, Sean Kelly, The Phoenix Academy of Irish Dancing and a Disco.

Music from 8pm till 1am. Tickets in advance – Adults 10.00 Children £5.00. At the door £12.00.
Box office 01282 6612 or


York Irish Association 

York logo

York Irish Association proudly presents its annual York Irish St Patrick’s Weekend Festival on Friday 16th March and Saturday 17th March. Just like the Festival in previous years, the celebrations will take place in a marquee in St. Sampson’s Square in the city centre all the way from 5pm until 10.30pm on the Friday and from 11.00am – 10.30pm on the Saturday which is St. Patrick’s Day itself. 

The activities are all about celebrating and continuing to bring an understanding of Irish tradition and culture to York, bringing fun and enjoyment to the city for people of all ages who have an interest in Irish culture and celebrating the unique connections between York and Ireland.

The Friday evening will start with a music performance by Gaelstrom followed by an Irish dancing performance by St.Aelred’s School of Irish Dance.Throughout the evening there will be Irish music performances from the likes of Damien Fynes and the Friday night will finish with a ceilidh with Fiddlers Wreck.

On the Saturday the entertainment continues at 11am with a performance from young folk group Folkestra more music from Roisin Ban, Gemma Irving and 2 Bob, an Irish dancing performance with the O’Connor Academy of Irish Dance and a ceilidh with Gaelstrom and finishing on Saturday night with a performance from Dublin duo, the Flying Donkeys. 

There will also be a history of the Irish in York display, a gaelic football demonstration and traditional Irish food and drink. The whole event is free to attend, there will be children’s facepainting and a raffle with great prizes!

Brendan Tannam, the Chair of the York Irish Association said “We are really excited to be hosting what is now our fourth York Irish St. Patrick’s Festival. It should be a great atmosphere especially with St. Patrick’s day itself falling on the Saturday this year. We look forward to giving the famous Irish welcome to the crowds again this year.”


Warrington Irish Club 

We have our St Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday 11th March

Mass and Communion at 9.30am
The parade starts at 10.30am
We walk into the town centre and then back to the Club for music and refreshments and the craic

We have a pipe band, Irish dancers and lots of walkers to keep the tradition going in our town.