10 Mar, 2015

Shift Into Gear at the St. Patrick’s Festival Céilí

Rev up for a great time on Monday, March 16th

Dancing Superstar Dearbhla Lennon, céilí dancers and Festival Parade characters made a pit-stop in Parnell Square, Dublin this morning en route to the St. Patrick’s Festival Céilí. Travelling in their Volkswagen Golf, the Official Car Partner of the 2015 Festival, the group pulled over at the Hugh Lane Gallery to check directions to the Festival Céilí which will take place in St. Stephen’s Green from 16:30 on Monday afternoon, March 16th.

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 event 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 on Monday afternoon.

Susan Kirby, CEO of St. Patrick’s Festival commented; “The Festival Céilí is always one of the most popular events in the programme and a unique way for both locals and visitors alike to experience the best in Irish music and dancing. I am delighted that Volkswagen Ireland is on board as the Official Car Partner of this year’s Festival and it is great to see our Festival Céilí MC, Dearbhla Lennon, dancers and characters arrive in such style. 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 Monday, 16th March.”

Renowned céilí caller Jerry O’Reilly will lead céilí-goers through the classics which will be demonstrated by the Brooks Academy dancers, accompanied by the Matt Cunningham Band and a host of award-winning musicians. 
Paul O’Sullivan, Head of Marketing at Volkswagen Passenger Cars commented; “We are very excited to see the Volkswagen Golf line up as part of the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade this year. The Volkswagen Golf continues to be one of the most popular cars in Ireland and is a great example of the long heritage Volkswagen has in Ireland”

Speaking about the event, MC Dearbhla Lennon said; “For me, the Festival Céilí is one of the highlights of the Festival programme. 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 2015 programme is the Festival’s cultural programme, I Love My City. Curated by St. Patrick’s Festival, the series of evocative and intimate cultural events and happenings, featuring both established and emerging artists, from a variety of disciplines including literature, music, film, spoken-word, photography, design, visual art and more will be presented over the 4 days of the Festival, 14th – 17th March. The events are either FREE ticketed or PAID ticketed and those wishing to register or buy tickets for all events should visit

The Festival Céilí is free of charge and will take place at St. Stephen’s Green on Monday, March 16th from 4.30pm -7.30pm.
St. Patrick’s Festival will take place from 14th – 17th March.  Please do link with the Festival; like our page on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #StPatricksFest. You can tweet the Festival @stpatricksfest.

For further information, please contact:
Maria McGrath, FleishmanHillard, on +353861653055 or
Elle Caffrey, FleishmanHillard, on +353872447146 or

Notes for the Editor:
St. Patrick’s Festival is funded by Fáilte Ireland and Dublin City Council.
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 economy in spending by tourists and Dubliners attending the programme of events.


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