The London Irish Community team are set to welcome a record number of participants to the St Patrick’s Party fixture against Northampton Saints on Saturday (5:30pm kick-off).

In total, the Community team are expected to welcome over 2,300 people to the fixture, a record-breaking figure!

The St Patrick’s Party Festival kicks off the day’s festivities on Saturday with 65 teams from across the country descending on Gunnersbury Park for a rugby festival for those aged between under-7 and under-10.

After the festival, the teams will make the short journey to the Gtech Community Stadium and take part in a parade around the pitch just before London Irish take on Northampton Saints in Round 21 of the Gallagher Premiership.

The London Irish Community Choir, made up of local school children, will also be getting in on the action by singing ‘Fields of Athenry’ in the build-up to the match. Over 100 children will be in the stands ready to get supporters in the mood for kick-off!

“To be welcoming a record number of community engaged participants to our St Patrick’s Party fixture on Saturday is fantastic,” said Mathew Heeks, Head of Community.

“The East Stand of the Gtech Community Stadium will be made up of hundreds of children that have taken part in the day, whether that be the festival or choir. It’s brilliant to be welcoming so many of them to the game and to hopefully inspire the next generation of rugby players!

“We can’t wait for Saturday!”

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