Manchester Irish Weekender

Thursday 17 March 2022

The Boardwalk, Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester City Centre

Time: 12pm - 7pm

Cost: Free

A celebration of food, drink and performance in the heart of Manchester

The free music and street food event runs from St Patrick's Day, Thursday 17 March, through to Sunday 20 March on the boardwalk in Piccadilly Gardens.

There will be Irish dancers, pipe bands and Irish folk musicians alongside traditional food and drink stalls. The performers will be taking to the stage in the middle of the gardens throughout the long weekend every day from 12 noon to 7pm.

There will be performances from:

  • Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band
  • Joe Keegan
  • Niamh Finan
  • Méabh Kennedy
  • Nicky McCallan
  • McConomy Bradley Doherty Academy - Irish dance school
  • Ben Williams
  • Paolo Fuschi
  • Hannah & Adam Smikle 
  • Tom O'Donoghue 

Further details about the performers are available in the press release.

Other events to celebrate St Patrick's Day in Manchester include the annual parade organised by the Irish World Heritage Centre in Cheetham Hill which takes place this Sunday 13 March, and the community organised Manchester Irish Festival which has events citywide throughout the month up to 20 March.

This weekend's parade will start from the Irish World Heritage Centre on Queen's Road in Cheetham Hill at 12 noon on Sunday and will follow a route down Cheetham Hill Road as far as the AO Arena before turning round and following the same route back to where it started.  

Highlights of the Manchester Irish Festival include the award-winning Fianna Phadraig Pipe band who are coming up to their 75th anniversary and will be taking the festival on tour with visits to different locations across the city throughout this weekend, before touring Levenshulme, Burnage, and Fallowfield on St Patrick's Day itself.


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