St. Patrick's Day 2021
News15 March 2021
While we might not be able to come together in person to celebrate Ireland’s national day this year, we are delighted that Irish community and cultural organisations in Scotland, and across Britain, are continuing the tradition of celebration with an exciting programme of virtual events.
This year, we are delighted to have greened the V&A Dundee (pictured above) in celebration of the strong, longstanding links between Ireland & Dundee, as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening campaign.
The Consulate General of Ireland is searching for the most northerly Irish person in Scotland before St Patrick’s Day. Join the search for the most northerly #ArcticIrish person on Twitter with us @irlscotland – a mystery Irish prize awaits the winner!
On St Patrick’s Day, the Afternoon Show on BBC Radio Scotland will celebrate Irish arts and culture to mark the occasion. From 2pm join the show for an hour of Irish music and interviews with fantastic contemporary Irish artists including author Megan Nolan, cellist Patrick Dexter, and singer/songwriter Úna Healy.
Causeway: Ireland Scotland Business Exchange will host an early St Patrick’s Day online celebration and networking event, in partnership with the Dublin Chamber and the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday 16 March. Register here.
The Glasgow St Patrick’s Day Festival and Coatbridge St Patrick’s Day Festival are hosting a fantastic line-up of online events throughout the week to mark this year’s St Patrick’s Day – talks, quizzes, music, stories and more. The Consulate General of Ireland in Edinburgh is partnering with the Glasgow St Patrick’s Day Festival for a community #StPatricksDay Quiz on the Tuesday 16 March. Register here: http://bit.ly/SPDQuiz.
This year, St. Patrick’s Day will also see a host of open online events taking place across Britain from Enterprise Ireland, Tourism Ireland, and many more. You can join some wonderful free online events from Ireland too, including from Culture Ireland, the St Patrick’s Day Festival, The Late Late Show.
At 14.30 on Wednesday 17 March, Enterprise Ireland are hosting ‘Nua: A Celebration of Irish Innovation’, featuring a keynote address from Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. This virtual event will showcase some of the Irish solutions that have played an integral role in helping the UK navigate through a challenging and unprecedented year and celebrate the Irish- UK relationship. You can register here.
‘St Patrick’s Day at Home with Tourism Ireland’ is a unique 90-minute broadcast that will beam out from three much-loved pubs in Dublin, Belfast and Dingle in County Kerry. There will be a huge welcome, traditional and modern Irish music and dance, fantastic fun and lots of surprises. SPD @ Home will be streamed on Tourism Ireland’s Facebook and YouTube channels, with the event also including footage of the landmarks around the globe (including across Great Britain) that are turning green for St Patrick’s Day. Tune in here from 7pm.
Culture Ireland - SEODA
Over 100 artists will be featured in Culture Ireland’s SEODA, an online festival and global celebration of Irish culture that runs from 17-21 March. SEODA (Irish for ‘jewels’) celebrates Irish arts worldwide at a time when Irish artists would normally be supported by Culture Ireland to travel the globe. The 5-day festival will offer audiences more than two dozen events to enjoy. All events are available free to audiences around the world through Culture Ireland’s YouTube channel here.
St Patrick’s Festival Ireland
From 12th – 17th March, Ireland’s St. Patrick’s Festival will host Seoda: Celtic Connections, a celebration of traditional music and cultural connections through performances from leading artists across three locations. Representing Ireland, Scotland, and Wales in 2021, it provides a platform to showcase contemporary work from three nations deeply rooted in folk and traditional music while exploring the many wonderful connections our nations hold.
Hosted by the BBC’s Huw Stephens, the celebration will feature stellar performances from leading artists across Ireland, Scotland, and Wales:
• The Breath (Ireland)
• Brìghde Chaimbeul (Scotland)
• Super Furry Animals’ frontman, Gruff Rhys (Wales)
Find out more about Seoda: Celtic Connections here.
The Late Late Show St. Patrick’s Day Special
Join Ryan Tubridy at 9.35pm, for the first Late Late Show ever broadcast on a Wednesday. It is hoped the event will become a “global hub”, attracting hundreds of thousands from around the world to celebrate “the joy, beauty and passion of being Irish”. The Late Late will stream around the world on the RTÉ Player www.rte.ie/latelate
We hope you can all join us in marking St. Patrick’s Day 2021. Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh go léir