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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! We’re already planning ahead, though!

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 legendary Wolfe Tones are coming 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.

The legendary Wolfe Tones only at Mcgettigan's!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:

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Ticket’s for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Ball are now on sale! The event will take place on 11th March at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and tickets are priced at AED 495 each, which includes fantastic entertainment, a host of give-away prizes, drinks reception, 3 course gourmet meal with house beverages and dancing ’til the wee hours.

Additionally, everyone who purchases a ticket will receive a complimentary AED 100 voucher for the Thai Privilege Spa on Al Wasl Road and an AED 100 voucher for a Pink Pepper Studio photography session in the Dubai Mall.

Tickets are selling fast, so check out the Dubai Irish Society’s website for full details of all locations where you can them. Don’t miss out on this on this fantastic event!

This coming Friday will see Irish voters cast their votes in Ireland’s 2011 general election. Election results broadcasts are always good fun and this one should be no exception.

RTE will start their election results cover at 3 p.m. Dubai time on Saturday, 26th February, and you can catch it live at McGettigan’s Irish Pub followed by some quality live sports!

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DDF Gulf Gaelic Games 2011

Here’s another pre-St. Patrick’s Day 2011 event in Dubai, which promises sporting action and fun for all the family.

Dubai Duty Free, together with the Dubai Celts, brings you the 2011 Gulf Gaelic Games!

Taking place on the 4th & 5th March at the Emirates Sports Complex just outside Dubai, the event will feature competitions in Men’s Football, Ladies Football, Hurling, Camogie, Schools and Underage.

Thanks to the success of the previous Dubai Duty Free Gulf Gaelic Games, this year’s event promises to be the biggest yet. Last year, teams came from the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Ireland to take part in the competitions and it proved to be a fantastic weekend of Gaelic Games.

Teams will battle it out over two days in the different sections of the competition and the strongest teams will be rewarded at the end of day two after what promise to be closely contested finals.

You can find out more about the event on the Dubai Celts’ website, and also don’t forget to check out our sponsors website, Dubai Duty Free, without whom the Gulf Gaelic Games could not happen.

The event, of course, conveniently coincides with Paddy Casey’s concert at McGettigan’s Irish Pub at the Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers. A short 30 minutes taxi ride will take you straight from the Emirates Sports Complex to McGettigan’s!

Concerts at McGettigan's

Declan O’Sullivan – Pure Irish Craic in Dubai

Declan O'Sullivan - Pure Irish Craic at McGettigan's Irish Pub every Wednesday Night!For some pre-St. Patrick’s Day 2011 craic, why not catch Declan O’Sullivan live in Dubai, every Wednesday evening at McGettigan’s Irish Pub in Jumeirah Lakes Towers?

McGettigan’s is fast turning JLT into somewhat of an Irish village and Wednesday evenings from 9 p.m. onwards are made even more special by Declan’s live performances.

Declan, who’s originally from Monasterevin in Co. Kildare (up the Lilly Whites!), has been living in Dubai for the last 5 years or so.

Music is his pass-time and it has helped him make many great friends at home and while working in France, Italy, and Canada over the last few years.

He says: “It’s a great feeling to get a pub full of strangers all singing together at the start of the weekend.”

He now has to regular weekly gigs in Dubai, McGettigan’s on Wednesdays, and Fibber Magees on Thursdays. Do check him out!

Here’s a video of Declan in action:

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St. Patrick’s Day 2011 is still 38 days away, so here’s a couple of suggestions for what you could do while waiting for the big day to arrive…

Mid-February sees Valentine’s Day celebrations taking place all over the world, and Dubai is no exception. At the Bonnington in Jumeirah Lakes Towers, both lovers and haters of Valentine’s Day are suitably catered for!

Those of you, who despise Valentine’s Day, may want to pop down to Healey’s Bar & Terrace at the Bonnington for “Heartless Valentine’s – The Celebrity Anti-Valentine’s Party” on Sunday, 13th February.

14th February has been declared a ‘dry day’ by the authorities in the UAE, so here’s your chance to party it down before the bars and clubs close for an evening:

Fans of Valentine’s Day, on the other hand, might enjoy a romantic dinner for two on the Bonnington’s Leisure Deck, high above the Jumeirah Lakes:

Last, but not least, tickets have just gone on sale for Paddy Casey’s Dubai concert on 4th March 2011 – get yours before they sell out!

Tickets are only available at Dubai’s premier Irish Pub, McGettigan’s at the Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers!

Welcome to St. Patrick’s Day in Dubai!

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:

Paddy Casey will be performing live at McGettigan's

Tickets will go on sale soon, so keep an eye on the McGettigan's website or Facebook page for updates.