Watch an Irish play, go to a gala ball or see Bob Geldof in Dubai
With St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday March 17 fast-approaching, Chanelle Tourish rounds up the Irish-themed events serving up entertainment and jars of the black stuff, all the way from the Emerald Isle.
Get ready to rock your finest green shirt and throw on a silly leprechaun hat in celebration of Ireland’s patron saint on Tuesday March 17. Whether you want to move like Michael Flatley in Riverdance with Dubai’s best Irish dancers or just hang out in a traditional pub, there are plenty of celebrations taking place throughout the month to get you into the spirit in the run-up to the big day.
Watch an Irish play
The Irish-run Danú Theatre group will stage a production of Academy and Tony Award-winning playwright Martin McDonagh’s comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan. The play is set on the remote island of Inishmaan, off the west coast of Ireland, in 1934. When the quiet island folk hear that an American film crew is visiting the neighbouring island of Inishmore, Cripple Billy is determined to audition and have the chance to go to Hollywood. But this bittersweet comedy has a devastating end… Dhs55-85. March 4-7, 7.30pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha www.ductac.org (04 341 4777).
The Irish legend will be making his annual St. Patrick’s Day visit to Dubai and will kick off celebrations at The Irish Village on Friday March 13 by performing a selection of his solo and Boomtown Rats classic hits. Dhs100 in advance, Dhs120 on the door. March 13, 9pm. The Irish Village, Garhoud. www.timeouttickets.com
Learn to speak Gaeilge If you fancy learning Ireland’s native language or want a refresher course, the fortnightly Club Gaeilge takes place in Al Barsha Park. The informal hour-long class allows people of all ages to learn the language from scratch or refresh their skills. With a different theme each fortnight there’s always something new to learn or discuss and plenty of activities to keep younger members entertained. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and to register. Dhs20. March 1, 15 and 29. 4.30pm. Al Barsha Park.
Go to a gala ball
Join the Dubai Irish Society’s annual St. Patrick’s Day gala ball on Friday March 13 at the Grand Hyatt Dubai. The black tie dinner will feature entertainment from Irish dancers, fiddle players and music by traditional Irish band Boxty. Entry is priced at Dhs600 for members and Dhs700 for non-members. Other activities in the run-up to the event include the Irish Society lunch on Tuesday March 3 at The Ivy Dubai in Boulevard, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, at 12.30pm. Both events will give people the chance to mingle and make new Irish connections. Lunch packages include a two-course menu for Dhs130 or a three-course offering for Dhs150. For further details on all events and to register email email@example.com.
Head to The Irish Village The annual St. Patrick’s Day family day at The Irish Village takes place on Saturday March 14. The event is free for all and Irish band The Logues will be flown in from Dublin to play alongside residents The Maplejacks and DJ Marky Mark as well as traditional Irish dancers. The Irish Village, Garhoud(04 282 4750).
Celebrate at Barasti
Enjoy traditional music with Paddyman featuring Kevin Morris on Irish accordion from 9.30pm to 2am on Friday March 13 and a special performance by Irish dancers from Dubai-based group Jigfit. Saturday March 14 will see live music performances and dancing hosted by Paddyman and traditional Irish music group Boxty. Paddyman will be dressed as a leprechaun and riding a camel on the beach at around 2pm. Don’t miss the photo opportunity. The Siobhan Kilalea School of Dance and Jigfit will perform traditional Irish dancing around 6pm. March 13-14. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road (04 318 1313).
Feast at Fibber Magees The weekly ‘Monday Madness’ event continues at Fibber Magees on March 16, where for Dhs190 you can eat and drink as much as you like from 8pm until 11.20pm. Expect music by an Irish singing duo from 10pm onwards. On St Patrick’s Day, Tuesday March 17, Boxty will be playing from 7.30pm until 11pm with drinks for Dhs25. March 16. Fibber Magees, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 2400).
Dine at The Dubliner’s Indulge in specialties such as traditional Irish stew, pies and fresh oysters while listening to Irish band After Hours. Packages on offer include Dhs99 for a main course with two selected beverages from noon until 11.30pm, with live music from 7.30pm. March 17, noon-2am. The Dubliner’s, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 702 2455).
Party at McGettigan’s One of Ireland’s top bands, Keywest, will fly in from Dublin to perform alongside chart-topping Irish singer Paddy Casey, who will return to the desert once again to rock the house at both McGettigan’s JLT and DWTC venues. Visitors can watch performances from a troupe of traditional Irish dancers. March 17-20. Bonnington, JLT and next to Dubai World Trade Centre Arena, www.mcgettigans.com.