Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2011!

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:

Siobhan Kilalea School of Irish Dance performing at the Bonnington - the home of St. Patrick's Day in Dubai!

Siobhan Kilalea School of Irish Dance perfomring at the Bonnington - the home of all things Irish in Dubai!

Siobhan Kilalea School of Irish Dance performing at the Bonnington in Dubai - the home of the Irish and St. Patrick's Day

Here’s a little video, too:

Check out “Bonnington TV” – the Bonnington’s YouTube Channel for many more videos of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day!

More St. Patrick’s Day Happenings in Dubai!

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.

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:

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: