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The Manchester Irish Festival - News, Photos and Craic
The Manchester Irish Festival - News, Photos and Craic


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The #MayoDay promotional launch on Friday 6 March 2015 as part of a whole weekend of Mayo events celebrating the West of Ireland featuring a piper from the St Patrick's Pipe Band, a live concert from "Summercross" a 5 piece Celtic Folk Band and an exhibition on Mayo's connection to the Titanic as well as a photographic exhibition about the global Mayo Day.

The event is sponsored by and supported by Mayo Manchester and the following media groups: The Universe, The Western People, MayoManchester Tourism and Business, Joe Casserley's Full Irish TV and Manchester Irish TV.

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Photos of the 2015 Manchester Irish Festival Parade by Tony Gribben are now on his flickr pages

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Photographs from Mike Sweeney & Paddy O'Hare at Freds ale house in Levenshulme during the Manchester Irish Festival 2015 are now on Tony Gribben's flickr pages

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Photographs from the launch day of the Manchester Irish Festival 2015 in Levenshulme are now on Manchester Photographer Tony Gribben's flickr pages

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The Manchester St Patrick’s Society 80th celebration is on Saturday 14th March 2015 at the Midland Hotel, Central Manchester

 Admission is £50 and concessionary admission is £25 ( under 21s)

Join us at 7pm for a relaxed reception drink, with dinner served at 8pm.

We have a superb selection of Irish entertainment planned for the evening, including young musicians, professional Irish dancers, a band and DJ. The bar closes at 1am.

Dress code: black tie/formal dress

For further information, or to purchase tickets, please contact:
Martina Scopes: 07711 219207
Gemma Carey: 07944 15005
Contact: 07711 219207

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Sean Taylor is appearing at M19 Bar & Venue on Friday 13th March 2015 as part of his UK tour. He headlines the St. Patrick’s weekend celebrations at this special Irish Blues tradfest sponsored by Guinness.

Sean will be showcasing work from his highly acclaimed "Chasing the Night" album plus material from his latest album which is due for release later in the year.

Support comes from Blues Guitarist Zacc Rogers plus Irish Trad duo Anna Walsh and Ellie along with Fiddle player Fidelma O’Brien to get the Irish party started.

Tickets £5 advance, available from bar, £7 doors 
or available online at

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On Saturday 7 March BBC Radio Presenter and Manchester Music legend, Mike Sweeney played an exclusive festival gig in Levenshulme with Irish Musician Paddy O’Hare.

The concert took place in the intimate Art Gallery performance space of Fred’s Art Gallery with a mixture of Blues, roots and Folk tunes 
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Comedy makes a welcome return to this years Manchester Irish Festival at Fred's Comedy Club on Wednesday 11 March with Jo Enright of Phoenix Nights Fame, The Job Lot and Life's Too Short.

The full line up is Jo Enright headlining (The Job Lot, Life’s Too Short, Phoenix Nights) Jo has Irish roots and lived in Cork for a number of years. plus one of South Africa’s top comedians - Cokey Falkow and in support is the Manchester based Andy Kind holding it all together. Two rising stars will feature in the middle section, meaning that visitors to the event get 5 comedians for £5!

Currently seen playing the part of ‘Angela’ in ITV Sitcom The Job Lot, Jo Enright has starred alongside Steve Coogan in I’m Alan Partridge and with Peter Kay in Phoenix Nights. Other recent comedy roles include in BBC Two Sitcom Lab Rats playing the part of Cara and on BBC/HBO’s Life’s Too Short as Warwick Davis’ wife Sue. For more than a decade now the highly acclaimed comedienne Jo Enright has crafted a completely unique style of stand-up comedy. As well as accepting numerous invitations to perform it both on television and radio, Jo also thrives on live theatre performances, for which she has won several comedy awards including the 2002 Chortle Award for ‘The Best Female Circuit Comic.’ and 2001 Best Female on the Jongleurs Comedy Circuit award.

Since starting in the late 90s, Cokey Falkow established himself as one of South Africa’s premier stand-up acts. Appearing at a wide variety of clubs and numerous international comedy festivals, he gathered a cult following. This led to 3 national one-man tours for which Cokey received critical acclaim at Grahamstown National Arts Festival. Cokey was then flown to London to perform in the South African Comedy Festival in London which ran at the Riverside studio theatre in Hammersmith for 5 weeks. Cokey also produced international comedy festivals in his home town of Durban where he introduced Russell Peters to South Africa. Cokey has worked extensively filming both worldwide commercial campaigns and a wide array of supporting roles in international film. After appearing in Starshop Troopers and NCIS, Cokey is now best known internationally for his role as El Aleman in Robert Rodriguez and Robert Orci’s Matador. After 6 years in the US, where he played The Comedy Store regularly and was well known on the improv circuit, Cokey moved from LA to the UK in 2014 and is making a name for himself over here.

Andy Kind won Anything for Laffs in 2005 and recently hurdled over the 1000-gig barrier. Other stuff happened in between. Described by The Scotsman as ‘Terrific’, Andy’s stand-up style can best be described as ‘the joyful rant of a post-30 chaos vacuum’, and he has been featured on BBC1, ITV, Channel 4 in the UK. Not long after supporting Tim Vine, Andy’s first book ‘Stand Up and Deliver’ was published by Lion Hudson. The sequel, ‘The Gig Delusion’ was released by Wilmot Books last year. Andy is now working on his third book (his second with Lion Hudson) and recently hosted successful residences at New Wine 2013 and Spring Harvest 2014. Soon after, Andy toured South Africa alongside Mark Palmer.

For further details check out Freds Comedy Club

or Freds Ale House page at

Lawrence Hennigan the director of the Levenshulme Pub company which owns the venue commented "It's great to see Comedy return to Levenshulme just in time for the festival. The line up looks great and at just £5 it makes it affordable for people to enjoy a great night out."

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The 2015 Manchester Irish Festival, Europe’s biggest Irish Festival outside of the Emerald Isle will be turned Green and Red on Friday 6 March at 8pm for the launch of a special Mayo promotional event sponsored by Mayo County Council and its Diaspora website .

The Mayo Day promotional weekend which runs from Friday 6 March to Sunday 8 March, takes place at the newly opened Fred’s Ale House, Art Gallery and Coffee Bar in Levenshulme village which is home to one of the biggest Mayo communities outside of the West of Ireland.

To obtain your free ticket for the event, just visit to download the ticket or call into the bar.

The aim of the event is to highlight Ireland’s first global ‘Mayo Day’ which is due to take place on Saturday 2 May and aims to reunite the estimated 9.1m people around the world who have roots in the County in the West of Ireland.

Martina Hughes from commented "Manchester has been at the forefront of our campaign to turn the world Green and Red for our forthcoming Mayo Day and its great to see a whole weekend of events during the opening weekend of such a prestigous festival."

Lawrence Hennigan from Mayo Manchester one of the organizers of the weekend said “Everyone in Manchester is getting really excited about our plans for celebrating Mayo Day this year in South Manchester. The weekend will just a taster for our massive Mayo Day Gala Concert at St Mary's Parish Hall in Levenshulme and the Family fun day we are staging at the Chorlton Irish Club. I would like to thank all the companies in Mayo who have donated such fantastic prizes and the tremendous support we have received from Mayo County Council."

The launch night will feature a performance by the Mayo award winning Fianna Phadraig (St Patrick) Pipe Band, plus a concert by the 5 piece Celtic Folk Band Summercros. Visitors to the launch will be given a free opportunity to win a €1,000 holiday in Mayo at the luxurious Clare Island Lighthouse Boutique Hotel, which will be drawn at 9.30pm. To enter the competition visitors need to email their details to before 9pm on Friday 6 March.

An opportunity to visit a special exhibition about The Titanic and Mayo’s connection to it will also be launched on the evening together with a photographic exhibition about Mayo Day and the UK launch of Mayo craft beers ‘Jack the Lad’ and ‘Irish Blond’ from the Reel Deel Brewery in Crossmolina. The award winning Market Kitchen restaurant in Ballina, County Mayo is also involved in the weekend and a meal for two at the will be raffled off on Sunday 8 March.

Saturday 7 March features a special book reading and signing at 7pm by author Annette Sills who is promoting her booking called ‘The Relative Harmony of Julie O'Hagan’, which is set in Manchester and Mayo. Then at 8pm, BBC Radio Manchester presenter and musician - Mike Sweeney will be staging an exclusive festival gig with Irish musician Paddy O’Hare. Tickets are just £5 in advance, £7 on the door available from Fred’s Ale House or online at

Finally on Sunday 8 March, Joe Keegan from the hit BBC series The Voice will be staging a special intimate Irish Music, Song and Dance show to raise funds for his forthcoming trip to Montreal to compete in the 2015 World Irish Dancing championships. The talented Irish musician, singer and dancer shot to fame after he taught Will I Am to Irish Dance live on the BBC. Joe appeared in the sell-out Mayo Manchester weekend in the summer and is appearing at Young, Gifted & Green’s Gala Concert at the Lowry on Thursday 19 March. This early evening concert which starts at 5pm will be a great chance to catch the performer in a very intimate setting.

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The Manchester based author, Annette Sills launched her  debut novel  'The Relative Harmony of Julie O'Hagan' on Saturday 7 March as part of the #MayoDay promotional weekend at Fred's Ale House, Coffee Bar and Art Gallery in Levenshulme.

Annette will be reading from and signing copies of her novel which is set in Chorlton and Mayo and was awarded a publishing contract when it was short listed in Rethink Press New Novels Competition 2014.

The Editor of the Manchester Evening News, Eamonn O'Neal gave her the following review

“Annette Sills has captured beautifully the suburban life experienced by people who are trying to make sense of a material, sometimes self-obsessed, world. The serious issues which affect every family are told with exceptional craftsmanship – and it made me laugh too. Perfect.”

Entry to the event is free of charge and it takes place at 7pm n the first floor Coffee Lounge of the newly opened bar.

The event is part of a whole weekend of events running from Friday 6 March until Sunday 8 March at the bar to promote the forthcoming Mayo County Council global Mayo Day which hopes to reunite the 9.1m Mayo Diaspora around the world on Saturday 2 May.
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