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St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny 2021

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Kilkenny’s first ever virtual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will be hosted by Kilkenny native and RTÉ sports and news presenter Evanne Ní Chuilinn. The city's traditional weekend of music and parade through the winding history-laden streets will move to the virtual highway instead and will feature concerts, arts events, environmental projects and presentations. There will be a virtual parade featuring Kilkenny's citizens and diaspora as well as celebrating the current stars of animation, the Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated Cartoon Saloon along with their musical collaborators, Kila, in a vibrant celebration of the artistic and historic tapestry of Cill Chainnigh-ancient and contemporary.

Stpatricksfestivalkilkenny.com is the place to be this St. Patrick’s Day, and it just so happens you all have a front-row seat! So, put on your green and join the celebrations from your comfiest chair this March 16th/17th!

We have put together some of the Key Highlights;

Leonard Barry And Declan Folan

TRAD FAOI DHÓ – DUETS FOR KILKENNY

CURATED BY LEAONARD BARRY

Enjoy an evening of traditional Irish music with duos of great Irish musicians performing live from both sides of the Atlantic. A specially commissioned gig, curated by Leonard Barry especially for this year’s St. Patrick’s Festival – it’s the perfect way to kick off the celebrations. Join us for a feast of traditional Irish music featuring:

Colin Farrell and Kevin Crawford (Flute and Fiddle)

Kevin and Colin are members of award winning Irish traditional group Lúnasa. As a group they have sold over a quarter of a million records and performed over 2,000 shows across 36 countries. Tonight they will be performing live from the USA. 

Mick O’ Brien and Ciara Ní Bhriain  (Pipes and Fiddle)

Dubliner Mick O’Brien  is one of Ireland’s most acclaimed uilleann pipers, he has toured extensively and recorded with the likes of The Dubliners and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Playing live from Dublin he will be joined by his Fleadh Cheoil winning daughter Ciara on fiddle. 

Mick McAuley & John Doyle  (Accordion and Fiddle

Kilkenny local Mick, and Dublin man John were both members of the trad band Solas and are stalwarts of the Irish music scene. Hailing from Callan, Mick has collaborated with the likes of Sting, Patti Larkin and Mick Hanly. While John is a Grammy nominated artist, who has played with all the greats of Irish music. 

Dermot Byrne and Steve Cooney (Accordion and Guitar)

Dermot, a native of Donegal, has been a member of Altan and has performed with the Chieftains and Frankie Gavin. Irish based Australian musician Steve has played with Altan, The Chieftains, Clannad and Andy Irvine. They’ll be performing live from Donegal.

Learn More: stpatricksfestivalkilkenny.com

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ONE OBJECT AT A TIME WITH DR. TARA SHINE

Irish Mythology

IRISH MYTHOLOGY STORYTELLING

WITH CAROLINE BUSHER & THE HERITAGE COUNCIL

Join Irish Times best-selling author Caroline Busher on a storytelling journey back in time. Brought to you by The Heritage Council, Caroline will share some of her favourite stories from Irish myths and legends, bringing the magic of folklore and fairytales to life!

This storytelling is for children aged 8-12 and their families.

Learn More: www.stpatricksfestivalkilkenny.com

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WOLFWALKERS WITH KÍLA IN CONCERT

A SPECIAL ST PATRICK’S DAY KILKENNY CONCERT 

As the crew from Cartoon Saloon bask in the glow of multiple nominations and award wins for their latest feature film, WolfWalkers, they are taking time out from the virtual red carpet to play their part in Kilkenny’s celebration of our national holiday in their Hometown of Kilkenny.
WolfWalkers draws heavily on the rich Irish mythology, folklore and landmarks readily available in Kilkenny. Scenes from the film will provide the backdrop during this very special performance by musical partners Kila, who teamed up with Cartoon Saloon’s regular composer Bruno Coulais for the third time to create the soundtrack to the film.

The event is available for free, worldwide all thanks to the event partners Kilkenny County Council, St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny, Cartoon Saloon, Kíla and Culture Ireland.

The hour-long concert will be streamed here on March 17th at 4.00 pm

Learn more: www.stpatricksfestivalkilkenny.com

Forest Skills

FOREST SKILLS

WITH MAURA BRENNAN

Ready to go on an adventure exploring your local woodland? Spring is here and it’s time to go wild in the woods! The forest is waking up – the birds are singing, the water is flowing and the trees are budding! Join Maura from the Acorn Project as we explore Kilkenny’s woodlands and  look for signs of Spring. Discover some native plants and trees and get creative with some nature inspired crafts.

Join Maura this St. Patrick’s Day as we learn, play and create in the forest!

Learn More: www.stpatricksfestivalkilkenny.com

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LUAN PARLE

MEDIEVAL ROOM AT KILKENNY CASTLE

Meteor Award and Tatler Award Winner singer-songwriter Luan Parle has had numerous hits and accolades throughout her career including Meteor Ireland Music Award for Best Irish Female. The Wicklow born songstress signed her first record deal at just 12 years of age and has written and recorded with some of the worlds’ most successful songwriters and producers.

This St. Patrick’s Day Luan will be performing from beneath Kilkenny Castle – the Medieval Room – a beautiful setting for a beautiful Irish voice.

Learn more: www.stpatricksfestivalkilkenny.com

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SNAKE ENCOUNTER

WITH THE NATIONAL REPTILE ZOO

What better day than St. Patrick’s Day to meet some real live snakes that are living in Kilkenny City! The National Reptile Zoo and their resident reptiles are part of Kilkenny’s Virtual St. Patrick’s Day Parade – learn all about snakes what they eat, where they live and why St. Patrick banished them from Ireland – or maybe he didn’t!

To view the full programme of events click here