St Patrick’s Day festival in Marbella 2015

This year´s St Patrick’s Day weekend in Marbella took place on 14/15 March on the Puerto Deportivo terraces. The terraces above Marbella´s Puerto Deportivo (Marina) were once again transformed into a little bit of the emerald isle from midday to 7.00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. And the party undoubtedly continued well into the night in the many sponsor bars and restaurants throughout Marbella.

This is the third year in a row that Marbella´s Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) has provided an opportunity to celebrate St Patrick´s Day with the support of the council´s Foreigners and Tourism offices. This annual event is always a weekend to remember.

This year, the Irish Club of Marbella produced a jam packed Schedule of entertainment with many of last year’s acts returning with a number of new ones. There was music and dance spanning years of Irish and Spanish traditions.

Last year’s big favourite was the “Aloha College Irish Dancers” sponsored be Spence Clarke Accountants and they were there again on Saturday. There were also some of the best of Irish contemporary music including modern hits from Westlife, U2 and more. There was also plenty of traditional songs from yesteryear. Local musicians included Mark Connor, Ron Howells, Sean Murray, Ben Murphy, Alan Hamiltion, the TucA Jazz band, Mandy Lovett and more.

As usual, there was plenty of food and drink encompassing Ireland’s most famous exports, with globally renowned drink brands and the best of food all the way from Ireland. These were expertly prepared and presented by The Hogan Stand, Casa TuaThe Orange Tree, Route 66, the Claddagh and more. Other sponsors included Beckitt’s and The Playwright.

It is of course a family event. The children were entertained by the resident clown, face painters and there were bouncy castles. And for the older children, there was the bucking leprechaun. In addition, Costa Gaels were present throughout both days to display their Gaelic Football and Hurling skills on the terraces and on the beach with games daily. Everybody was encouraged to take part and test their abilities.

A good time was had by all!

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