Sham­rock and shenani­gans

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

Dust off your sham­rocks and shil­le­laghs – it’s time for the St Pa­trick’s Day fes­ti­val again. The an­nual five-day shindig kicks off to­day, and there’ll be var­i­ous mu­si­cal events hap­pen­ing in Dublin from now un­til Wed­nes­day.

Eleanor Shan­ley will play a spe­cial gig at Sand­ford Parish Church in Ranelagh on Mon­day evening; 1990s trib­ute act Smash Hits will tear up the Su­gar Club on Tues­day; on the same day, there’s the an­nual free-for-all céilí at St Stephen’s Green from 4pm-7pm.

On St Pa­trick’s Day, folk mu­si­cian Donal Lunny leads “A Cel­e­bra­tion of Ir­ish Voices” at the NCH, and Kíla take the stage of the Olympia at 8pm. Brian Ho­gan of Kíla told The Ticket that it was an “hon­our” to play the venue on the big day. “It’s good to be in an Ir­ish band on Paddy’s Day, be­cause you’ll al­ways be work­ing,” he joked. “I sup­pose it’s carte blanche for over-in­dul­gence in liq­uid form, but it’s all a bit of fun.”

Ir­ish voice: Donal Lunny

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