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I would be interested in finding out where and how St Patrick's Day is celebrated around the world. Others on Live Ireland might like to share details of events they will be attending or involved in. Perhaps after the event people could post images or videos. I will be attending the Westbury St Patrick's Festival in Tasmania.


St Patrick's Day and Festival in Tasmania

Westbury in the North of Tasmania is the site of Tasmania's largest celebration of St Patrick's Day and also has a weekend festival on the weekend that falls nearest to the day itself. The website has details of the events held and also details the towns many connections to Irish history The most important connection is that the Irish community of Westbury harboured and aided the escape from Tasmania of Young Irelanders, John Mitchell and Thomas Francis Meagher.

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Gina, Sounds like a great place to be on St Patrick's Day/Week. I look forward to hearing and seeing more from you after this year's celebrations. I will be going to the Westbury celebrations the weekend before and will spend some part of the day in Hobart pubs listening to great Irish music.
Alexandre, Sounds great. Unfortunately there is no parade in Hobart but the day is starting to grow in importance again as people reconnect to their roots. Look forward to seeing and hearing more.
In my home town Coatbridge, Scotland we have a week long festival of Irish culture, Music, Art, Film, Talks on Irish history all culminating in a music festival.

Venue: St Bartholomews Church Hall, Townhead, Coatbridge, Scotland
Friday 19th March 2010
Doors Open 7pm
Tickets £5

Dennis, Sounds like one day is never enough in many places. I look forward to seeing more about this after the week. Would love to know more.
ST.PATRICKS DAY FESTIVAL, COATBRIDGE - EVENTS. Thursday 11th March. 'Battle of the Bands'. Entry £4.CENTRE POINT, Main Street, Coatbridge. Doors open 7.30pm.Come and support the best up and coming musical talent in the area. This years event will be staged in 2 categories, Rock & Traditional. Judges include internationally known, singer and songwriter, Jinky 'JJ' Gilmour, formerly of The Silencers. Friday 12th March. 'Jinky 'JJ' Gilmour performing live'. Tickets £10 (includes free entry to night club +21's).CENTRE POINT, Main Street, Coatbridge. Doors open 7.30pm.Performing live is internationally known singer and songwriter, Jinky 'JJ' Gilmour formerly of The Silencers with guests Graeme Duffin, formerly of Wet Wet Wet and Phil Kane formerly of The Silencers. Saturday 13th March. 'GAA Exhibition Match and Youth Soccer Tournament'. Admission Free.Espieside Park, Townhead Road, Coatbridge from 9.30am.A morning of sport featuring GAA Exhibition matches and soccer. Competing for the Primary Schools Festival Cups are, Boys - St.Patricks .v. St.Bartholemews at 9.30am, followed by the girls - St.Augustines .v. St. Timothys at 10.15. Stay around the big one. Local side Sands MacSwiney's Coatbridge take on University of Stirling for the Senior Gaelic Football Challenge Cup at 11am.At the same time, a number of local teams will take part in the Youth Soccer Tournament. Saturday 13th March. 'Annual Dinner Dance'. Tickets £30 (Formal Dress).The Tudor Hotel, Alexander Street, Airdrie. 7.30pm.Enjoy an evening of fine food and dancing in the company of local and Irish dignitaries. Be entertained by an exhibition of Irish Dancing performed by The Tara Dancers and then dance the night away to the music of Quigley's Point Sunday 14th March. 'Annual Lecture'. Admission by ticket only £2.St.Patrick's Hall, St. John Street, Coatbridge. 7.30pm.We are delighted to welcome our guest speaker, Eamonn McCann, from Derry. Eamonn was a founder member of The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association and witnessed key events such as The Battle of the Bogside and Bloody Sunday which are still impacting on the British and Irish Governments to this day. Monday 15th March. 'Opening of the Photographic Exhibition'. Admission Free.Summerlee Heritage Centre, Summerlee Street, Coatbridge. 7.30pm.A collection of old photographs which give us an insight into what life was like for our forebears who settled in Coatbridge and surrounding areas. Local historian Hugh O'Neill opens the exhibition with a unique and entertaining talk about Old Coatbridge. Exhibition runs till 29th March. Wednesday 17th March. 'St. Patrick's Day. Quigley's Point'. Tickets £7.St.Bartholemews Hall, Trent Street, Coatbridge. 7.30pm.Celebrate St.Patrick's Day with the music of Quigley's Point and be entertained to a display of Irish Dancing by The McLaughlin School of Irish Dance. Thursday 18th March. 'Annual Play'. "Red Countess, Green Crow. Markiewicz and O'Casey." Tickets £5 (£3 concessions).St.Augustines Primary School. Henderson Street, Coatbridge. 7.30pm.The Praxis Theatre Lab from London perform this years play, "Red Countess Green Crow" by Sam Dowling. The play takes a close look at Ireland's literary and political resurgence in the first quarter of the 20th century. Set amidst events such as the demise of The Parliamentary Party and the growth of Sinn Fein, The Dublin Lock out of 1913, The Great War of 1914-18, The Easter Rising of 1916 and the birth of the 26 county Irish Free State, the play examines the relationship between playwright Sean O'Casey, who clawed his way out of poverty in Dublin and Countess Markiewicz who turned her back on wealth to embrace Dublin's poor. Friday 19th March. 'Irish Cocktail Competition / Evening'. Admission FreeEssence Bar (Centre Point), Main Street, Coatbridge. From 7.30pm (Competition starts at 9pm)An evening of fun as local Bar Staff compete to make the best Irish cocktail. Each cocktail must contain at least one of the following, Guinness, Bailey's or Bushmills and the best part is that judges will be chosen randomly from the audience. The Celine Donoghue Band St Bartholomews Church Hall, Townhead, Coatbridge, Doors Open 7pm Tickets £5 ( A Celtic musical celebration)
Saturday 20th March. FAMILY STREET FESTIVAL. COATBRIDGE TOWN CENTRE 11am TO 4pm.The climax to our 2010 St.Patrick's Day Festival. Enjoy the unique celebration of our Irish history and heritage at the first, foremost and largest St.Patrick's Day party in Scotland.The 8th annual Family Street Festival, sees the town centre transformed with flags, banners and 2 stages to bring you music and entertainment all day with kiddie rides, face painters, street entertainers and much more. Stage one includes the Battle of the Bands winners, The Dubliner, The Wakes, Yuptae, An Pointe, Eire Shaor and Patricia Ferns. Stage 2 includes Comhaltas musicians, Irish dancers, Schools choirs and musicians.
Sounds like an enjoyable week coming up soon. Hope to one day get to Coatbridge myself.
Here are details of the Glasgow Irish Festival both Glasgow and Coatbridge compliment each other.

Glasgow Irish Festival 12 March – 19 March 2010

Celebrate St Patrick with the Glasgow Irish

Friday 12 March Schools Gaelic Football Tournament. Glenconner Park. Garngad

‘Taking Irish culture into Glasgow School’s’

Friday 12 March ‘Come and Try’ workshop in Irish Gaelic. Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre, 6 Daisy Street, Glasgow G42 8JL fón: 0141 433 9495 7pm – 9pm

Saturday 13 March Mass of St Patrick for the Glasgow Irish Community.

St Mary’s Abercromby St. 11am Celebrant Archbishop Conti. (This is the Church were Celtic Football Club was founded in 1887 and then established in 1888 for those who like football/soccer)

Saturday 13 March Irish Family Festival 1pm – 4pm Glenconnor Park Royston Rd.

Opened by Paul Martin MSP and Deputy Lord Provost Alan Stewart

No weather worries –all under cover in a marquee. Irish entertainment all Day .

Irish music , dancers ,face painting , Bouncy castle. Irish food and stalls .

Irish comedian BIG ‘O’ and STAR Attraction Seamus Moore and Band at 3pm

Saturday 13 March ART EXHIBITION 1pm-4pm festival marquee Royston Rd

featuring work from Glasgow’s Irish community

Saturday 13 March 2010 Festival Dance with Seamus Moore and Big ‘O’ in Kingspark Hotel 8pm – late

Sunday 14 March ART EXHIBITION 2pm- 4pm Our Lady of Consolation Hall Inglefield St Govanhill G42

Sunday 14 March GAELIC Mass 1pm Our Lady of Consolation Inglefield St

Sunday 14 March Irish Film Night GFT Rose St 8PM O'Donoghue's Opera (Comedy with The Dubliners) Plus Fleádh Cheoil Co.Clare 1960

Box office 0141 332 6535

Monday 15 March Free Schools Concert for Glasgow Children . Education Dept and GIHG

‘Taking Irish culture into Glasgow School’s’

Monday 15 March St. Patrick’s Festival Concert Glasgow City Halls Candleriggs G1.

7.30pm Tickets from Concert hall and City Halls. Box Office

Tuesday 16 March History Talk by Stephen Coyle - Historian and author. ‘The Irish in Scotland and the War of Independence 1918 – 1922’. Larkfield Centre Govanhill 7.30pm

Wednesday 17 March St Patrick’s Day Dinner Céilí Couper Institute Clarkston Rd. 7pm

Music by St Roch’s Céilí Band. £20 Organised by Irish Minstrels

Thursday 18 March ‘Come and try’ Adult Irish Céilí class St Helens Hall Langside Rd

( Shawlands Cross) 8pm. 0141 632 2559

Friday 19 March Céilí - St Andrew’s in the Square. 8pm till late. Music by The Four Provinces Céilí band.Shamrock Academy of Irish Dancers Supper £13.50 0141 559 5902
In France, for most of people, St Patrick's day is sort of fashionable, just as is Halloween. There's no real interest in what it really means, in the cultural roots those events grew from: it's only another opportunity to live it up and drink. 30 years ago, Reggae was THE music everybody was running for and everybody was a Rasta..
But as far as people are enjoying... What does it matter? :-)
For a little less people, it's the opportunity to go and hear some Irish music played where it's not usualy played. It's not that often and... it's a blessing. ;-)
Like France we have those who just use it as a reason to party but many are now interested in their heritage; particularly those who had ancestors sent out as convicts from Ireland. For previous generations convict heritage was seen as something to forget but in the last few decades people are wanting to know about these people and their culture. We also have many more recent Irish immigrants. Whether it is Christmas, Easter or St Patrick's Day it seems that there will always be those who celebrate with no understanding of why. As a parent I am keen for my children to know of their cultural heritage.
The Westbury celebrations began today and what a magnificent day it was. A large crowd enjoyed the performances on the main stage and will be back for more this evening. On a personal note, Daideo and the Blue Mosquitoes received a great response and it was quite emotional when they played original songs about Thomas Francis Meagher called 'The Irish Pier' and 'Meagher's Escape' in the town which hid Meagher and ensured his successful escape to America. The Mosquitoes are playing again tonight.
Less than three hours now until the clock ticks over to St Patrick's Day in Tasmania. Eddie our Australian cattle dog/labrador cross has just had some left over Irish stew to celebrate. I am looking forward to spending tommorow afternoon and evening lisetning to Daideo and the Blue Mosquitoes and enjoying a guinness or two. Remember to post your pics and videos of the day in your part of the world and for those of you lucky enough to be attending the Live Ireland festivities I hope you have a great time. Wish I could be there. Maybe 2011.
Like I said... :-))


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