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Slainte to Irish festival coming to Sheffield

Enjoying their first Irish night out were Asier Garmilla and Nagore Ortega from Balbao

Enjoying their first Irish night out were Asier Garmilla and Nagore Ortega from Balbao

Sheffield musicians with an Irish heritage will star in the city’s St Patrick’s Day celebration this weekend.

Construction of a big white tent that has been home to the festival for years started on Fargate yesterday.

And organisers say there is a packed schedule of entertainment lined up for the Sheffield Irish and Multicultural Festival, which launches on Thursday at 5pm, and has returned after a year’s absence.

Mark Simmonite, event organiser from firm The Big White Tent, said: “We’ve got a big Irish community in Sheffield and this is very much a community project.

“There will be everyone from students to families there.

“On St Patrick’s Day there will be live music from a band who have come over from Limerick.

“And every evening from 5pm there will be music from up-and-coming Sheffield bands who have Irish connections.”

The tent will also show three rugby games as part of the Six Nations on Saturday.

On St Patrick’s Day itself, next Monday, March 17, the fun begins at 11am.

Other venues are also saying Slainte to the Irish with their own events on Monday.

Fagan’s pub on Broad Lane is hosting live session music from 12noon until closing time in its traditional celebration.

The Green Room bar on Division Street also has live music from 12noon.

And at The Hop bar nearby there will be a ‘battle’ between performers in the Art, Innovation and Media Society. Guests will vote for their favourite act, and tuck into a pie and pea supper, all to raise cash for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

 

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