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Dancing in the streets at the St. Patrick’s Festival Céilí

Get ready to ‘step-in’ into the Festival Spirit on Friday, 14th March

11th March 2013: Kick up your heels at this year’s St. Patrick’s Festival Céilí. Taking place at St. Stephen’s Green on Friday 14th March, the Festival Céilí invites everyone from beginners to experts to come down and join in the fun at this outdoor celebration of traditional Irish music and dance. The Festival Céilí is free of charge and will see dancing superstar Dearbhla Lennon joined by a host of professional dancers and instructors sure to help you get into the Festival spirit this March 14th. Kicking off at 16:30 the Céilí combines great entertainment with a chance for everyone, young and old, to be part of the fun on Festival Friday.

In association with Today FM and Foras na Gaeilge, this year’s Festival Céilí lineup is set to be the best ever. Riverdance sensation, Dearbhla Lennon will have you dancing in the streets when she is joined by international Irish dancing champions, Niamh O’Brian and Tomás Ó Sé. Expert Céilí Callers will lead the audience through traditional Irish dances like The Siege of Ennis, The Garden of Daisies and The Walls of Limerick to name but a few, as all-Ireland champions, the electrifying 11-piece Sligo Céilí band, The Dartry, fill the air around St. Stephen’s Green with their traditional Irish sounds.
Speaking about the event, Susan Kirby CEO of St. Patrick’s Festival said, “The Festival Céilí is always one of the most popular events on the programme, one that offers both locals and visitors alike the chance to truly immerse themselves in Irish culture and to experience the best in traditional Irish music and dance. Every year St. Stephen’s Green is brought to life with the sounds of Irish music as thousands of people participate in what is a uniquely Irish event. The Festival Céilí is great fun and suitable for those young and old so I encourage everyone to come down and be part of the celebrations on Friday, 14th March.”

Speaking about the event, MC Dearbhla Lennon said; “For me, the Festival Céilí is the highlight of the entire festival programme. It’s a great way to kick off the long weekend and to get into the spirit of our national holiday. The dances are great fun to learn with friends and family, and suitable for all abilities so come join us, we promise you’ll have the craic!”

Another highlight of the St. Patrick’s Festival 2014 programme is I Love My City. The I Love My City cultural programme is a series of 17 intimate cultural events and happenings that will take place in some of Dublin’s most prestigious cultural venues and found spaces through-out the City including The National Gallery, The National Concert Hall, The National Library, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane,  and The Royal Hibernian Academy. This year’s events, featuring both established and emerging artists, from a variety of disciplines including literature, music, film, song, spoken-word, photography, visual art and more will be presented over the 4 days of the Festival, 14th – 17th March.

The Festival Céilí is free of charge and will take place at St. Stephen’s Green on Friday March 14th from 4.30pm -7.30pm.

St. Patrick’s Festival will take place this year from 14th – 17th March.  For details on the four-day Festival programme log on to www.stpatricksfestival.ie, download the app, or join the Festival’s official Facebook and Twitter pages.

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For further information, please contact:
Maria McGrath, Fleishman-Hillard, on 01 6188420/ 0861653055 or maria.mcgrath@fleishmaneurope.com
Kevin Moore, Fleishman-Hillard, on 01 6188499/ 0868252611 or kevin.moore@fleishmaneurope.com

St. Patrick’s Festival is funded by Fáilte Ireland and Dublin City Council.
NOTES FOR THE EDITOR:
The principal aim of St. Patrick’s Festival, since its inauguration, is to develop a major annual international festival around the national holiday over which the Irish people would stand proud. It sets out to reflect the talents and achievements of Irish people on many national and world stages, and it acts as an exciting showcase for the manifold skills of the people of Ireland, of every age and social background.
As the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish.
Why was it started? 
• To offer a national festival that ranks as one of the greatest celebrations in the world
• To create energy and excitement throughout Ireland via innovation, creativity and grassroots involvement, and marketing activity
• To provide the opportunity and motivation for people of Irish descent (and those who sometimes wish they were Irish) to attend and join in the imaginative and expressive celebrations
• To project, internationally, an accurate image of Ireland as a creative, professional and sophisticated country with wide appeal.

The first St Patrick’s Festival was held over one day, and night, on March 17th 1996. The live audience for the day was estimated to be 430,000.
Preparation for the first St Patrick’s Festival used to take only 5 months, but with the growth of the Festival, it now takes 18 months to plan for Ireland’s biggest annual celebration.
The 2013 St. Patrick’s Festival added over €122 million to the Irish economy.