It’s one of the biggest party events of the year and March 17’s rolling back towards us again.
Much has been planned to help celebrate St Patrick’s Day with a range of events for all interests in the lead up to, during and after the big day.
Expect the usual fare of trad at regular offerings Kyteler’s, Cleere’s, The Field and Ryan’s with many others adding to the fray.
On Friday from 11am a free open-air performance by visiting Notre Dame University Marching Band (The Fighting Irish) will take place on the Parade Plaza.
Seacht Seachtain at the Hole in the Wall continues with a Sean Nós workshop from 2-6pm while from 8.30pm you’ll catch Seisiun Agus Craic at that venue for €10.
Also that night as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge a night of Sean Nós singing and traditional Irish music can be enjoyed at Cleere’s Theatre from 9pm. Featuring Corn Uí Riada winner 2011 Jimmy Ó Ceannabháin (Connemara), Gradam Ceoil Winner 2012 Nell Ní Chróinín and many traditional musicians, it promises to be a great night for €10.
There’ll be sessions too at many local venues, including the weekly spread at Bollard’s.
On Saturday the fun starts from 11am with traditional Irish music at The Field while pre-parade festivities kick off on the Parade Plaza at 12.30am including live music, food stalls and the Young Irish Film Makers entertaining. The city parade kicks off at 2pm from the top of John Street and winding its way to the Market Yard. Post-parade festivities from 3.30-6.30pm feature dance performances at the Canal Square with Starlight Stage School, the Miami Showband and the Swinging Blue Cats at the Plaza.
From 4pm Comhaltas Kilkenny perform at Bollard’s Bar where the Ireland v England Rugby game can be viewed at 5pm.
Seacht Seachtain at the Hole in the Wall boasts Paddy Fitzpatrick and guests from 8.30pm, Matt the Miller’s has a St Patrick’s Night Special with DJ Eddie Hughes from 9.30pm and Lanigan’s Party Night surely going with the theme too.
At Breathnach’s Venue Bar HD Promotions present trance superstar Paul Webster, who’ll be joined on support by Fergus Keogh, Colm Dowling, Lee Hef, Kevin Fanning and Omar. Tickets, €5, are available from the venue with doors open from 7pm.
Over at Hush Nightclub Statik hosts Statik Paddie with Amber D flying in for what promises to be a rocking party, supported by some of the best DJs from these parts: Andy Richmond, Barry D, Leon Clarke and Emma Dilemma, Adam Corbett and Tommy Grant, Marianne M, Darren Ennis and Gary Cody.
At the Set Theatre one of the country’s top singers and songwriters will entertain from 8pm. Boasting one of the most distinctive voices, Declan O’Rourke’s voice is golden and his live sessions not to be missed.
On Sunday a 5KM fun run gets you up and out early beginning at the Watershed from 11am working via Kilkenny Castle Park. Registration’s €10.
The sporting theme continues that afternoon as Kilkenny plays Dublin in the National Hurling League Division 1 game in Nowlan Park from 2.30pm. You’re asked to turn up and show your support.
That night Seacht Seachtain at the Hole in the Wall has the lecture “Let’s All Love Peig” by Orla Melia from 8pm while Kilkenny Macra holds its Recession Session from 8pm promising members a “night out to end the weekend with a bang.”
But it’s on Bank Holiday Monday that the weekend will truly wind down with the regular gigs at Matt the Miller’s, Kyteler’s Inn and the county’s longest-running trad session at Cleere’s finishing off St Patrick festivities for 2012.