From Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th March Islanders young and old are invited to celebrate the best of Irish culture in the heart of town at St Helier’s St Patrick’s Festival.
The events will focus around a large marquee in Parade Gardens but will also include Gaelic football, a screening of the Ireland Six Nations match, Irish dancing, and Irish food and drink, plus a parade through the streets of St Helier with dancers, plenty of green, and much, much more.
The event is aimed at all the family with something for everyone over the four days, and it’s hoped that it will provide some much-needed relief as Coronavirus restrictions continue to ease.
Further details will be announced closer to the date.
St Helier Constable, Simon Crowcroft, said: The Parish of Saint Helier recognises the enormous contribution that has been made to the Irish community in Jersey by the Jersey Irish Society, which has supported the community of Irish people living and working in Jersey and those Islanders who have Irish ancestry by organising a mass on Saint Patrick’s Day every year, followed by a celebration in the Town Hall.
This year the Parish is delighted to be complementing the work done by the Jersey Irish Society by holding a festival in Parade Gardens. This location is where the Irish festival used to take place many years ago and, as Constable, I am delighted that this annual tradition is being restarted.
We are looking forward to seeing many events taking place in and around the Parish, particularly the start of a parade through town involving Irish dancers and musicians. While this may not rival the procession that takes place in cities such as New York, it’s good that we are going to see the beginning of a Saint Patrick’s Day parade in St Helier this year.
St Helier Town Centre and Events Manager, Connor Burgher, said: “I’m delighted to be able to put on the Parish’s first major free event of 2022 and am incredibly grateful to the many members of the Jersey Irish community, the Jersey Irish Society, the Cannon O’Rafferty School of Dancing, and the many others who have helped us form our plans for this St Patrick’s Festival 2022. This is the first of a jam-packed summer of events in St Helier, and it’s great to be kicking off with a brand new one.”For more information and interview requests, please contact Town Centre & Events Manager, Connor Burgher, at email@example.com or 811835.