Friday 21 July 2017

St Patrick's Festival could be major boost pre-Brexit

Piyanuch Chanphet and Rachel Lalley, of the Artastic Pageant Company, helped launch the St Patrick’s Festival 2017 in Dublin. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Piyanuch Chanphet and Rachel Lalley, of the Artastic Pageant Company, helped launch the St Patrick’s Festival 2017 in Dublin. Photo: Colin O’Riordan

Gavin White

St Patrick's Festival "should not be taken for granted" with the looming threat of Brexit and other global challenges, the Lord Mayor of Dublin has warned.

Lord Mayor Brendan Carr said the festival was a "unique opportunity to showcase the very best of Dublin city and Ireland on the world stage".

"Every festival takes 18 months of difficult work and brings in €75m in tourism," he said. "In celebration of Ireland's national holiday, Dublin is set for four really great days and nights from the March 16 to 19."

Susan Kirby, CEO of the festival, unveiled an "authentic picture of contemporary Ireland" to be showcased.

The festival will attract more than 100,000 foreign visitors. Dublin poet Stephen James Smith has been commissioned by the festival to write a new poem entitled 'My Ireland'.

Irish Independent

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