Tourism Ireland has announced that it "will bring a taste of Ireland right into the homes of people everywhere around the world" on St. Patrick's Day with a virtual pub night.
The online "St. Patrick's Day at Home with Tourism Ireland" event will be a 90 minute broadcast on the evening of Wednesday March 17 from three of the island of Ireland's most well-known pubs - Johnnie Fox's pub in the Dublin Mountains, Dick Mack's in Dingle and The Duke of York in Belfast.
The event will be livestreamed on Tourism Ireland's YouTube and Facebook accounts, and will feature traditional and modern Irish music and dance.
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The event will begin at Johnnie Fox's with a performance by drumming ensemble, the Celtic Drummers, before a master brewer from the Guinness Storehouse shows viewers how to pour a perfect pint from a can. Then, the spotlight will shift to The Duke of York in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter, where the Shamrock Tenors, a new Northern Ireland-based five-piece harmony and multi-instrument group, will combine their traditional Celtic melodies with modern day vocals. This will be followed by a performance by singer and songwriter Róisín O at Dick Mack's in Dingle, after which viewers will join Denise Chaila and Sharon Shannon at the Cliffs of Moher for a fusion of traditional Irish music and dance with modern day Irish rap. The event will also feature a demonstration of some steps from the iconic Riverdance show by two of the show's members.
The aim of the event is to give the Irish diaspora and friends of Ireland around the world the chance to celebrate St. Patrick's Day from the comfort of their own homes.
The event will be hosted by TV presenter Bláithnaid Ní Chofaigh and will be broadcast on Wednesday March 17 in Great Britain and mainland Europe from 19:00 until 20:30, and in North America from 21:30 until 23:00.
Tourism Ireland Chief Executive Statement
Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons stated, "This St. Patrick's Day, we're bringing the celebrations into the homes of the Irish community and friends of Ireland around the globe. Our message is that we can't wait to roll out the green carpet and welcome our overseas visitors back to Ireland, as soon as the time is right."
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