As well as the exciting Kilkenny Tradfest programme, there are plenty of other activities happening across the city and county on St Patrick’s Day and over the weekend.
On Tuesday there are a number of parades taking place, including in Graignamanagh (noon), Kilkenny City (1pm), Urlingford (1.30pm), Inistioge (2pm) and Goresbridge (3.30pm).
There will be lots going on at MacDonagh Junction also, with their biggest ever St Patrick’s weekend line-up of free events. The Irish singing sensation Seo Linn will kick off the centres entertainment on Saturday at 2pm in Workhouse Square.
The band members are multi instrumentalists with a mission, playing trad with a large pop/dance influence. They became a You Tube sensation with the Irish version of Wake Me Up by Avicii which has received over 1 million views.
The St Patrick’s Weekend Hooley, a family-friendly event, will take place there on Sunday from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Popular trad band Abbeyfolk will be accompanied by the award winning Reel Rhythm Irish dancers.
St Patrick’s Day itself will see music and entertainment in Workhouse Square from 12pm. Kilkenny’s Fionn Gardner, who had all the Voice of Ireland judges battling for his talents, will start the entertainment.
He will be followed on stage by the talented pop loving Dancewise Academy with performers from Castlecomer, Callan and Kilkenny City. It would not be St Patrick’s Day without Irish dancing and so the pre-parade entertainment will be brought to a close by the award winning Evelyn White Irish Dancers. Children from four years of age upwards will get everyone in the Irish mood with jigs and reels.
“We have enjoyed great success in recent years hosting free family entertainment as part of the Tradfest Festival and look forward to welcoming all ages to enjoy our varied programme of events in Workhouse Square this year,” said centre manager Marion Acreman. “Bring your dancing shoes or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the atmosphere.”