Irish eyes smiling for saint’s festival

Macmillan fundraisers urge people to go green and wear the colour to raise cash and commemorate St Patrick's Day.
Macmillan fundraisers urge people to go green and wear the colour to raise cash and commemorate St Patrick's Day.
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DEVONSHIRE Green in Sheffield will be turning greener than ever during the build up to St Patrick’s Day.

The city’s Irish community will be wishing Céad Míle Fáilte – a hundred thousand welcomes – to the fourth Sheffield Irish Festival which gets under way tonight.

The centrepiece will be the Sheffield Irish Live Lounge on Devonshire Green.

The space-age structure will be the centre of the action with regular live music and drinks promotions, as well as coverage of the Six Nations rugby union match between Ireland and England on Saturday – St Patrick’s Day – from 5pm.

At night, the giant cube will be lit-up in Ireland’s national colours – green, white and orange – to celebrate the country’s patron saint.

Kevin Meagher, Sheffield Irish Association chairman, said: “We estimate there are 50,000 Sheffielders with an Irish parent or grandparent – that’s 10 per cent of the city’s population.

“So this time of year is special as our extended community celebrates its Irish heritage.”

“This is why St Patrick’s Day is so important to the Irish. It is a day of remembrance and celebration, a chance to touch base, come together and raise a glass with friends old and new.”

National charity Macmillan Cancer Support is celebrating St Patrick’s Day with a special fundraiser.

It is asking workers, school pupils and friends to don their green thinking caps and wear the colour tomorrow, in return for a £1 donation to the charity.

The fundraiser is all part of Go Green Day, commemorating St Patrick’s Day a day early.