The March bank holiday weekend in the Marble City is shaping up to be the best yet, filled with song, dance and entertainment galore!
Music lovers, young and old can avail of a free post St. Patrick’s Day Parade concert with Ryan Sheridan & Ronan Nolan at the Festival Stage on the Parade from 3pm and multi platinum selling artists Keywest will take to the stage at Langtons Ballroom at 9pm. Local sticksman Jeremy Hickey will offer a morning of fun sounds with junior samba drumming for budding musicians at the Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle. Other musical feasts include Music from the Bandstand with St. Patrick’s Brass & Reed Band at the Watergate Theatre on Friday 16th, Concerts of Choirs at the Town Hall on Saturday 17th and the Garda Band in concert at St. Canice’s Cathedral on Sunday.
Staying true to Irish roots, a Pop Up Gaeltacht will take place at the Home Rule Club on Thursday, 15th where all are welcome to enjoy a brew and a cupla focal. For the younger dancing enthusiasts, the Céilí Na Scoileanna with local 5th class students will run on Friday 16th at the Watershed Leisure Centre Hall.
The St. Patrick's Day celebrations will commence at 11am in MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre before the parade at 1pm. Post parade entertainment taking place in various locations throughout the city with appearances from well known names in the entertainment world such as the Fanzini Brothers, Foxy P.Cox and many more special guests from contortionists to comedians and jugglers to jiggers!
Other festival highlights include a ‘History v Archeology’ - a History Ireland Hedge School which takes place at the Medieval Mile Museum on Friday 16th and 'Kilkenny Through The Ages' -Library Exhibitions which runs from March 13th to 18th.
Marching Bands of visiting groups from the USA will also guarantee fabulous sights and sounds throughout the streets of Kilkenny over the 4 day festivities.
St. Patrick’s weekend would not be complete without North’s Funfair on the Parade and due to popular demand the giant Fuinneamh Drum will return to the Castle Park for young and old to enjoy.