Greater Manchester has one of the largest Irish communities in Britain, so it’s no surprise that we host the largest Irish Festival in Europe.
Irish people have made a significant contribution to the success of our region throughout the ages. These strong cultural and social links are celebrated during the Manchester Irish Festival, which takes culminates on St Patrick’s Day itself, 17th March.
As ever, the city’s streets will be turning green for the St Patrick’s Parade Sunday 16th March. The only Irish parade in the world that is thought to be bigger is the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York. Manchester’s parade is on Sunday 16th March, starting at 11.30am at the Irish World Heritage Centre. It is expected to reach Albert Square at about 1.30pm.
As well as a host of other events, there will also be an Irish market at Albert Square in the city centre.
Earlier this week, Tony met with Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The Irish Prime Minister was visiting Manchester as part of the festivities.