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Now listen, we all love a bit of the Craic and though Sunday is not the choicest of days to enjoy the Black Stuff, there's a whole of things you can do, so Monday can póg mo thóin.
What's going down - Irish Embassy Information
Naturally our first call for information on what's happening on St Patrick's Day was to the Embassy of Ireland in Luxembourg, and they did not disappoint. They've recently sent out a newsletter (also published on Facebook, as per below) with details on lots of events, and for ease of reading we'll reprint parts of it here.
"Thursday, 14 March 2019 – Greening of Town Hall in Luxembourg City By now it has become a tradition that the Hotel de Ville on the Place Guillaume II in Luxembourg City takes part in the worldwide "Greenings" around St Patrick's Day. On this occasion we again wish to express our sincere gratitude to the Commune of Luxembourg City for their continued support.
Friday 15 March 2019 - Football match with launch of new Guinness Bar
Racing FC Union Luxembourg will play against FC Differdange 03 on 15 March at 20.00 at the Stade Achille Hammerel. On that occasion a new Guinness Bar will be launched at their premises. Kick off by H.E. Ambassador Peadar Carpenter.
Saturday 16 March 2019 - Feast of St Patrick at the St Alphonse Church
This year, the International English-Speaking Community of the Parish of Luxembourg Notre Dame will be celebrating St Patrick in 3 ways, all closely linked: a procession from the "Gëlle Fra" (the golden statue opposite the cathedral), led by a piper, to the church of St Alphonse; a Mass with Irish cultural references; then a feast celebrating both Irish and Luxembourgish products at the back of the church.
Assemble at the "Gëlle Fra" at 10:40 for the procession to the church, Saturday 16th March. Mass at 11:00 and Feast in the church, 11:45-ish.
Saturday 16 March 2019 – Céilí organised by Comhaltas
The Céilí for Kids will take place in the afternoon from 14h30 - 16h30 in the Centre Culturel in Cessange (1 Rue St Joseph L-1838 Cessange).
Céilí Mor will then take place in the evening from 20h00 on in the Centre Culturel in Cessange. There will be live music with the Kitchen Quartet and friends. This is a most enjoyable event and suitable for everyone of whatever ability as full instruction on each dance will be given
Monday 18 March 2019 - St Patrick's Screening
On Monday, 18th of March there will be a St Patrick's Screening in collaboration with the British & Irish Film Season (BIFS) which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The comedy drama "Metal Heart" is being screened at Ciné Utopia at 19:30, with tickets at €10 from www.luxembourg-ticket.lu"
The above are what the embassy noted in their news letter, but it's not quite an exhaustive list of Luxembourg's St Patrick's day celebrations! Some of the other options include:
Friday 15 - Sunday 17 March - St Patrick's Weekend at Eirelux
Most of your will likely be familiar with Eirelux already, but for those who are not it is an Irish pub, shop and bistro located in Howald. Their weekend of celebrations includes live music, DJ sets, food, and Irish dancing.
Friday 15 - Sunday 17 March - St Patrick's Weekend at The Black Stuff
Another Irish pub, The Black Stuff is located in Cents. Their weekend of celebrations will also feature live music, food, Six Nations rugby, and DJ sets. The Bogs, a Celtic-Trad-Rock band, playing everything from Thin Lizzy to Horslips to Sharon Shannon to Alan Stivell to the Pogues, will be gracing the stages of Eirelux AND The Black Stuff.
Friday 15 - Sunday 17 March - St Patrick's Weekend at The Pyg
Yet another Irish pub, located in the Grund, the Pyg will of course also offer a full weekend of St Patrick's celebrations. Their offering ranges from live music, to Six Nations, and DJ sets.
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