The Best Places To Celebrate St Patrick's Day In Manchester
As St Patrick’s Day approaches, it’s time to paint the city green, as those of us with Irish roots celebrate our Celtic ancestors, and those of us who don’t have Irish roots make an excuse for a good old knees up that’ll last throughout the whole month of March!
Many Mancunians have some sort of Irish history, in fact 35% will lay a claim to the Celtic isle and rightly be planning to celebrate its patron saint on the days surrounding the 17th of March. So sit back and enjoy the craic, as System One Travel takes you on a tour of Manchester’s Irish side. We’ll show you some of the best places to celebrate St Patrick’s Day but don’t be shy, we want to hear how you intend to mark the day, too.
Raise A Glass
You’ll be guaranteed of some great craic at any one of the Irish Bars or clubs throughout Manchester. Always assured of a warm welcome, a pint of Guinness, genuine Irish cooking and maybe some live music awaits at any time of the year at Mulligans, O’Sheas, The Shamrock or Waxy O’Connor’s. Of course, the dates around St Patrick’s day will be popular so get there early, grab a table and enjoy the show!
Back To Basics
Irish or not, if you fancy learning a bit more about the culture, take a trip to The Irish World Heritage Centre on the aptly named Irish Town Way, Cheetham Hill. A schedule of events and displays will soon make you realise why and how Ireland is celebrated the world over. Watch live Irish sport in the bar or shop for some original Irish produce in the store. You’ll never be short of some soda bread or a bit of barm brack.
With so many great bands originating in Manchester, it’s hardly surprising to learn that many of them boast Irish parentage. The Gallagher brothers of Oasis fame and all four members of the Smiths have Irish relatives and Gary Mounfield(Mani) of the Stone Roses had an Irish mother.
Local Irish music groups such as Toss The Feathers, Flook and Culainn can often be found scattered around the area playing their own twist on traditional tunes.
Game For A Laugh?
Comedy stars Peter Kay who was born in Bolton and Steve Coogan who hails from Middleton can thank their Irish genes for their talented funny bones. If you fancy a laugh, Irish style, get yourself down to The Comedy Store to witness the talents of the likes of Ian Coppinger or over to Comedy Night at Chorlton Irish Club. You’ll laugh til your sides split!
Join Manchester’s annual St Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday the 12th March. Leaving the Irish World Heritage Centre at 12pm, the parade will wind its way into the Irish Festival Market at Albert Square which runs daily from 9th - 12th March. There’ll be plenty of fun and frolicks along the way so make sure you grab your spot on the route for a great view.
A Touch Of Green, White And Gold
If you still aren’t sure how you want to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, grab some shamrock and take your pick from the many events planned as part of the Manchester Irish Festival. Choose from music, dancing, food and crafts - there’s something for every leprechaun!
Whatever your plans, a System One travelcard will help you to get around Greater Manchester to celebrate St Patrick and his legion of followers. Tell us where you're spending St Patrick’s Day this year for the chance to win one day’s free travel. Post your plans on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #PaddysDayMCR now!