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McGettigan’s Pub, which was one of the main St. Patrick’s Day entertainment venues in Dubai, asked party goers to donate whatever cash they could to the Red Crescent (Red Cross), the International aid charity. In addition, the Managing Director of McGettigan’s and the Bonnington Hotel, Mr. Dennis McGettigan, offered to match all donations to double the total and promised that the entire takings between 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. in McGettigan’s on St. Patrick’s Day would also be added to the total sum.
Dennis McGettigan said, “I am pleased to say that within a very short space of time, we managed to raise AED 30,000, which has now been donated to the Red Crescent to support their aid mission in Japan. I would like to thank everybody who has contributed to this amazing total!”
In response to the devastation caused by an 8.9-magnitude earthquake off the east coast of Japan on Friday 11 March and the resulting tsunami, the Red Crescent Society has deployed 62 response teams over the past 24 hours.
These medical relief teams – made up of about 400 doctors, nurses and support staff – are already providing assistance in affected areas through mobile medical clinics, as well as assessing the damage and needs of the communities affected.
So, the big day has finally arrived! Happy St. Patrick’s Day everybody! Lá Fhéile Pádraig! Sláinte!
The Bonnington Hotel and McGettigan’s Irish Pub in Jumeirah Lakes Towers have kicked off the day’s celebration’s with a live performance of dancers from the Siobhan Kilalea School of Irish Dance in the Bonnington’s Hotel lobby.
Already a big hit with Bonnington guests and visitors last year, the dancers drew big crowds again this afternoon. There are two more performances planned for today, one at 6 p.m. in the beergarden just outside Mcgettigan’s and one at 9 p.m. again in the lobby of the Bonnington, where the Cavendish restaurant also offers a specially created St. Patrick’s Day menu.
Here are some pictures of the dance performance earlier today:
St. Patrick’s Week (now until 19th March) is a time to celebrate all things Irish for St. Patrick’s Day – but while the Irish and others celebrate in Dubai thousands of people have had their lives destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
McGettigan’s Irish Pub at the Bonnington Towers Hotel is getting ready to open for the busiest week of the year and all during this week of celebrations, donation points will be available for party goers to donate whatever cash they can to the Red Crescent (Red Cross), the International aid charity.
There will be buckets available to collect donations in McGettigan’s Pub and at the end of the week whatever money is raised will be matched by the owners of McGettigan’s to double the total.
On top of all that on 17th March – St Patrick’s Day, between 6pm and 7pm the bar takings for that full hour will be donated to the aid mission in Japan.
Managing Director of the Bonnington Hotel and McGettigan’s Irish Pub, Dennis McGettigan said:
“I genuinely have been horrified by the events that are unfolding in Japan. We have a pub here that will be very busy for the week leading up to St Patrick’s Day so it is a perfect opportunity to show what a big heart the expat community in Dubai has. We hope there will be lots of money raised this week to help with the aid mission in Japan.”
In response to the devastation caused by an 8.9-magnitude earthquake off the east coast of Japan on Friday 11 March and the resulting tsunami, the Red Crescent Society has deployed 62 response teams over the past 24 hours. These medical relief teams – made up of about 400 doctors, nurses and support staff – are already providing assistance in affected areas through mobile medical clinics, as well as assessing the damage and needs of the communities affected.
Eight days to go until the 17th March! Don’t forget, however, that St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Dubai kick off on the 13th at McGettigan’s Irish Pub down in Jumeirah Lakes Towers!
Talking about McGettigan’s – we just received news of their latest Irish music concert, which is scheduled for Friday, 1st April 2011.
McGettigan’s is bringing the legendary Wolfe Tones to Dubai!
The Wolfe Tones are Ireland’s number one folk and ballad group. Currently celebrating 48 legendary years on the road, the group continue to sell out venues across the world.
The Wolfe Tones were first formed in the heart of Dublin in 1963 and have since become one of the most famous Irish groups of all time, incorporating traditional Irish music and history in to all of their songs. Brian Warfield, Noel Nagle & Tommy Byrne will lift the roof of McGettigan’s Irish Pub on Friday 1st of April with tickets priced at just AED150. Tickets will be on sale very soon at McGettigan’s Irish Pub. For further info, see their Facebook events listing here.
Declan Pierce, the Entertainment & Events Manager at the Bonnington Hotel which McGettigan’s is part of, said, “The Pub, which played host to Paddy Casey on 4th of March in a sell out performance is now set to welcome The Wolfe Tones on 1st of April and Mundy on the 29th of April. There are over 7,000 Irish people living and working in Dubai and for the first time they will get to see some of the best Irish music acts on their new, sunny, doorstep! We’re delighted to be welcoming so many top names in Irish music to McGettigan’s. The Irish really know how to party here so we’re looking forward to a great few weeks!”
The Managing Director of the Hotel, Dennis McGettigan said, “We’ve lined up some great entertainment this year at the Hotel. Declan is working hard to provide a really strong entertainment schedule, that will be the envy of all other hotels in Dubai!”
Here are two videos of the Wolfe Tones in action in Belfast and Glasgow in 2008:
Welcome to the home of St. Patrick's Day in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates!
Every year on 17th March, Dubai residents and visitors, whether Irish or not, flock to the city's entertainment venues to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. We thought it was time to provide St. Patrick with an "online" home in Dubai!
As you can see from the countdown clock on the right, there are only 39 days left until the 2011 St. Patrick's Day in Dubai.
On March 17th, everybody is a bit Irish, and to get you ready for the big day, we suggest you visit Dubai's premier Irish Pub, McGettigan's at the Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers, for some pre-St. Patrick's Day training beverages.
Make a note in your diaries now! The 2011 St. Patrick's Day Ball, organised by the Dubai Irish Society, takes place on Friday, 11th March 2011. The venue and ticket prices are currently being finalised, so make sure you keep an eye on the Dubai Irish Society's website for updates!
Lovers of Irish music do not have to wait until St. Patrick's Day to enjoy Irish songs, food, and drinks, because Paddy Casey is coming to town on Friday 4th March 2011. For one night only, Paddy Casey will perform all his hits live at McGettigan's: