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Brisbane Irish Festival 2014

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by Geraldine Massey (subscribe)
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We're all Irish on St Patrick's Day
Brisbane Irish Festival is back in 2014 with more begosh and begorrah than ever. That's right Brisbane, get out your shelaleighs, find your favourite colleen and head out to one of the many Irish-flavoured events and venues that will pepper Brisbane throughout this celebration of Irishness. It's time to reclaim your Irish ancestry or just invent or borrow some because the Irish, as everybody knows, really know how to enjoy themselves.

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Image from St Patrick's Day Parade Facebook page

What was once merely the annual St Patrick's Day Parade grew into a full-on festival in 2012, with the addition of a trivia night, a ball, concerts, performances of Irish culture and even a family sports day, and they're all back for a third year, after ensconcing themselves firmly in the Brisbane cultural calendar. The 2014 festival will begin on Friday, 7th March and finish on Monday, 17th March, fittingly on the feast of St Patrick.

You can download the full program of events here. In addition, throughout the festival Irish venues around the city will be holding a number of events, so check out Gilhooley's, The Irish Club and Mick O'Malley's for more information. You'll also be entertained by a number of performances in the Queen Street Mall:

Friday 7th March: Walker Irish Dance at 1pm and 3pm
Saturday 8th March: Watkins Academy of Irish Dance at 1pm and QIA Dancers at 2pm
Saturday 15th March: Celtic Fusion (Band) at 12pm and QIA Dancers at 2pm
Monday 17th March: Walker Irish Dance at 1pm

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Image from festival website

Below I've outlined some of the festival highlights:

Sunday, 9th March - Queensland Irish Choir Concert

The Queensland Irish Choir has been created by melding The Tara Singers and Celtic Connection. They will have their first public performance with a concert featuring all your Irish favourites at the Irish Club on Sunday, 9th March from 2pm. The cost is $15 and you can book by contacting Pat Deighton on (07) 3356 9172 or 0447 023 066. You know you want to hear Danny Boy just one more time.

Friday, 14th March - St Patrick's Eve Dinner

Have you ever wondered about the Irish connection with Brisbane? It's safe to say it's a long one. This year's annual St Patrick's Eve Dinner is back for its 116th year. You can partake of all the history, food and entertainment of this special event on Friday, 14th March at, you guessed it, the Irish Club, from 6pm for a 6.45pm start. Tickets are $130 per person. Book by phoning The Irish Club on (07) 3221 5699 or by emailing reception@queenslandirish.com.

Saturday, 15th March - St Patrick's Day Parade

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Image from St Patrick's Day Parade Facebook page

This is undoubtedly the big one. The parade begins at 10.30 am at the corner of Elizabeth and George Streets and concludes at the intersection of George and Adelaide Streets. This is a FREE event for the whole family so get your green on and get there early for a good view of this colourful Celtic spectacle.

Sunday 16 March St Patrick's Festival Family Sports Day

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This is presented by the Queensland Gaelic Football & Hurling Association, who will provide displays of hurling and its female equivalent, camogie. But that's not all. You can also enjoy an Irish pipe band, athletics, Irish dancing displays, carnival rides, Gaelic football and the famous tug-o-war competition.

It all happens at Queensland Gaelic Football Park, 308 Bowhill Rd, Willawong. The cost is $10 for adults and no charge for the little people - children are admitted FREE.

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Why? Because the Irish really know how to enjoy themselves
When: From Friday 7th March to Monday 17th March 2014.
Where: Various venues. See article for details.
Cost: Varies. See article for details.
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Brisbane is going all out. Great article and love the Dog photo thats so cute. Wish i lived in Brisbane lol
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