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The Manchester Irish Festival

The largJoe Keeganest Irish Festival in Europe outside of Ireland will turn the city centre into a sea of green, white and orange flags and bunting for the annual Irish Festival and parade.  

Albert Square will be transformed into Little Ireland, hosting the five-day festival hub from 13th – 17th March, with more than 150 events across the weekend along with the much-anticipated parade on Sunday. (March 16th)

Open officially from midday, Thursday, 13th March, the festival will bring a selection of traditional Irish food stalls, as well as arts and crafts and music and dance.

The festival hub in Albert Square will be open until 6pm each day, along with fairground attractions and – for the first time – a Leprechaun Park.

The O’Briens Festival Marquee will become the city’s local for the weekend, serving celebratory Guinness until 10pm each night.  You can also expect impromptu ceilidh dancing and traditional Gaelic folk music.   

The annual Irish Festival Parade will begin at the Irish World Heritage Centre at 11.30am on Sunday, 16th March, snaking its way down Cheetham Hill Road, through the city centre to Albert Square and the festival hub at the Town Hall. 

The Albert Square hub has already enjoyed its first VIP visit when the Taoiseach of Ireland, Enda Kenny, visited the festival site.

Cllr Pat Karney, President of the Irish Festival, said: “It’s great to see all the kids in Irish costume parading through the city centre. For every Irish family it is the most exciting time of year. I will be in the Leprechaun Park in Albert Square on Sunday, 16th March so come up and say hello. The festival is for everyone, so come and join the celebrations.”

WFM 97.2 recorded the official launch of Manchester Irish Festival 2014 in the Great Hall at the Town Hall – an evening of song and dance with Joe Keegan from the Voice UK topping the bill.

You can catch a flavour of the evening by tuning in to Wythenshawe FM 97.2 or online at

on Thursday 13th March at 11.00am and again on Saturday 15th March at 10pm


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