This year all of the Irish associations in Luxembourg have joined forces to organise a very special St Patrick’s Festival 2012 and a colourful and diversified programme of Irish culture and sport has been put together.
The weekend will begin on Friday, 16 March at 19.30 with a St Patrick’s Party at the Sang a Klang in Pfaffenthal.
The following day, Saturday, 17 March (St Patrick’s Day itself), you are invited to experience the Irish sports of Gaelic Football, Hurling and Camogie (Info: http://www.luxgaa.lu) at the Avenir Beggen football stadium in Beggen (free entrance). Young or not-so-young, why not have a try at these games yourselves? Simply bring along your football boots or running shoes.
For the non-sporting among you, there will also be lots of other entertainment: At 14.30 the Cullen Sisters (winners of the All-Ireland Trio 2011), who will travel especially from Ireland for the weekend, will delight all at the stadium in Beggen with their wonderful, traditional Irish music. A traditional Irish Folk Dance will also be performed by the children of the Irish dancing club ‘Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann’ (Info: http://www.comhaltas.lu) at the Club-house in Beggen in the afternoon. Your children are particularly welcome to participate; we want to gather as many children as possible, all dressed in green. The child with the fanciest ‘green’ dress will win a prize!
Another important aspect that can’t be missed that day: the culinary tradition of Ireland, the ‘food island’. There will be a great selection of Irish food, with Guinness and Irish coffees playing a key role.
We are certain that when you visit the stadium in Beggen you will experience an authentic Irish atmosphere.
Later that evening (Saturday 17 March at 20.00), the festivities will continue in the Centre Culturel in Cessange with a ‘Céilí Mór’ and music by the Cullen Sisters. There, you can Irish dance until you drop and everyone can join in the fun.
This Festival is under the patronage of the Irish Ambassador, the ‘Association du Bénévolat’ and the ‘Ville de Luxembourg’ and this event has been organised solely by volunteers with the aim to introduce and share with the Luxembourg public the cultural diversity of Ireland, at this special time in the Irish cultural calendar.
So don’t miss out on this event, keep the weekend of the 17 March free and let us join together to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, the Irish national day.
Those who miss this opportunity can only blame themselves.
Download a PDF of the weekends timetable here.
Posted by Dónal on March 16th, 2012