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St Patrick's Day festivities to rekindle love for our cities

Kirsty Blake Knox and Kathryn Hayes

Published 06/03/2014 | 02:30

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Performers Azaria Starfire (left) Bella A Gogo (right), pictured at the launch of the St. Patrick's festival "I Love My City" cultural programme held in the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin. Picture: Robbie Reynolds
Performers Azaria Starfire (left) Bella A Gogo (right), pictured at the launch of the St Patrick's festival "I Love My City" cultural programme held in the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin. Picture: Robbie Reynolds

SEVENTEEN intimate cultural events are to form a major part of Dublin's St Patrick's Day 'I Love My City' programme.

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The festival was launched with a flurry of sound and colour in Dublin's Iveagh Gardens yesterday but will visit a series of iconic venues around Dublin city centre in the coming weeks.

Noel Pearson's documentary about musician Luke Kelly, 'Remembering Luke', will be screened in O'Donoghue's Pub at 10am on Saturday, March 15.

A selection of portraits of Dubliners will be on display at The Library Project in Temple Bar, while a lively discussion about the nations obsession with 'banter' will take place in the Freemason's Hall on Molesworth Street at 4pm, also on Saturday.

AMBITIOUS

Susanna Langan, creative director of the St Patrick's Day Festival, believes the 2014 programme is the most ambitious to date.

"We have increased the number of venues and performers to show what's wonderful about Ireland," she said.

Meanwhile, Ireland's first national City of Culture is preparing to host its largest-ever St Patrick's Day parade.

More than 4,000 people are expected to participate in this year's parade in Limerick city. Details of the parade and an expanded St Patrick's Festival programme were unveiled yesterday, but organisers have kept the identity of this year's Grand Marshal under wraps.

Some 21 bands from Ireland, the US and Europe will compete in the 44th International Bank Parade Championships which takes place on March 16, while local landmark buildings such as King John's Castle, The Clarion Hotel and Limerick City Hall are being illuminated in green light.

Close on 70,000 spectators are expected to line the streets of Limerick city centre to watch thousands of parade participants, floats, community groups and bands.

Parade festival favourites including street theatre group Macnas, Bui Bolg Productions and Centre Stage Theatre School have been included in this year's parade line-up.

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