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:
Are you looking for a more quiet and gourmet way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Dubai?
The Cavendish Restaurant at the Bonnington Hotel in Jumeirah Lakes Towers may be just the place for you then! Chef Thomas has created a special St. Patrick’s Day gourmet menu, which is on offer for only AED 119/person for two courses in the evening of St. Patrick’s Day:
Fans of traditional Irish music may want to check out the trad band playing at McGettigan’s throughout the week. Here they are during a sound check yesterday:
Don’t miss the live performances by dancers from the Dubai-based Siobhan Kilalea School of Irish Dance at McGettigan’s and the Bonnington!
You can catch the dancers on St. Patrick’s Day at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the beer garden at McGettigan’s Irish Pub, and at 9 p.m. in the hotel lobby at the Bonnington.
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:
Don’t drink and drive! During the upcoming Paddy’s Days in Dubai, you won’t have to, anyway, because the Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers has special overnight packages for St. Paddy’s Day revellers in Dubai.
All through St. Patrick’s week, get a double or single room for only AED 750 per room, inclusive of tax & service charge and three drinks at McGettigan’s Irish Pub!
Don’t delay, book your festival room today in the heart of new Dubai, within easy walking distance of Jumeirah Lakes Towers metro station.
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.
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.