22 February 2018
The London Irish St Patricks Festival has become a tradition that kick starts the St Patricks Party. Before the Supporters' Village opens at midday, the rugby festival for U7, U8, U9 & U10 will take place at the nearby Palmers Park Stadium, Reading.
This year, the London Irish Community Team have broken the record for the number of teams attending. With the previous record of 60 teams being surpassed, the St Patricks Festival promises to be a brilliant event!
“We can’t wait to host the biggest London Irish Festival ever. The variety of clubs from all over the country is great to see and a good opportunity for the children to test themselves against new opposition” said Ali Lawrance, community manager.
This year’s festival will host coffee vans, food stalls and a photography unit to make the experience that bit more special.
After the festival, the teams will head over to the stadium to be part of the guard of honour.
Teams are coming from all over the country to be part of the biggest day of the season and there is still time to get involved, with a very limited amount of spaces left. If you are interested in booking your club into our St Patricks Festival, please email [email protected].
On the same day another record will be broken by the London Irish Community Team! As well as reaching a record attendance for the St Patricks Festival, the number of participants for the London Irish Community Choir on the same day has also reached its highest figure ever, beating last year’s record of 299 singers.
The London Irish Community Team will oversee more than 400 children in the choir who will lead the traditional rendition of ‘Fields of Athenry’ on the pitch just before London Irish v Gloucester Rugby kicks off.
“The choir was a real highlight of the day last year, so to get a larger number of singers will make it even better. Make sure you don’t miss it!” said Andy Keast, head of community.
It’s sure to be a very busy day for the community team, but their efforts will undoubtedly contribute to a brilliant day.
“It’s been great to see the enthusiasm from all the schools involved. We have had lots of new schools joining us this year, along with a good number of returning schools.” said Bill Pulling, community marketing and event’s organiser.
“We are looking forward to seeing over 400 passionate children sing ‘Fields of Athenry’ and get the crowd going just before kick-off!”
Make sure that you bring your best singing voices to join in with the choir!
The St Patrick's Party will take place on Saturday 24 March at the Madejski Stadium with non-stop entertainment from noon until 7.30pm and London Irish v Gloucester Rugby in the Aviva Premiership. You can be there from £4 for under 13s and £26 for adults by calling 0118 968 1016 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to noon) or booking online at www.lidirect.co.uk.