WHAT'S ON: St Patrick's Party 2019

18 March 2019

London Irish are back in action on Saturday for the 18th instalment of the iconic St Patrick's Party, when Doncaster Knights make the trip to the Madejski Stadium. The biggest game of the Exiles’ calendar, the St Patrick’s Party has gained a reputation for being the party of the season with non-stop music, entertainment and great craic.

TICKETS

Tickets are on general sale at the advanced price and are availabe to purchase online by clicking here, or by calling the Ticket Office on 0118 968 1016. The West Stand and the South Stand of the stadium will be open and all seating will be reserved.

Please note that all ticket prices will increase by £3 on match day, so be sure to book in advance.

ST PATRICK'S PARTY VILLAGE

The St Patrick's Party Village will be open from 12pm to 2.30pm, and 4.45pm to 7pm. The village will be in the Blue Car Park, in front of the Megastore.

  • Stage:
    - 12:30 to 13:00 Paul Bowen
    - 13:15 to 14:15 BibleCode Sunday
    - 16:45 to 17:30 The Reels
    - 17:30 Man of the Match presentation
    - 17:45 to 18:30 The Reels
  • Tourism Ireland Food & Drink Festival
    - Goodfilla's Irish breakfasts
    - Sweet Dreams Pick n Mix
    - This Is Seaweed - Taste of the Irish Shores
    - Made for Drink Bar Snacks
    - Fines Master Gin
    - Paddy Irish Whiskey
    - O'Hara's Craft Beer
  • Guinness
  • London Irish merchandise unit with exclusive St Patrick's Party t-shirts, new cotton rugby shirts and more!
  • Bar (Heineken and Good Old Boy)
  • Food outlets (fish & chips, burgers and hog roast)
  • DoubleTapp
  • Glitter & Sparkles face painting

NORTH STAND CONCOURSE

The North Stand concourse will be home to the Kids Zone, with the following activities for children:

  • Bouncy Castle
  • Rodeo Rugby Ball
  • Pole Joust
  • Giant Connect 4
  • Colouring

A kiosk will be open selling soft drinks and hot drinks. The toilets will be open in the North Stand concourse.

MEGASTORE

The Megastore will be open as usual from 10am to 6pm. The limited edition St Patrick's Party shirt will be on sale, with regular home and away replica kit at 50% off, and official training gear up to 25% off. The merchandise unit in the village will be open from 12pm to 6pm.

We have created a range of St Patrick's Party 2019 t-shirts will which be sold exclusively at the game, along with new cotton rugby jersey's, the new shamrock cap, and even green feather boa's!

CHARITY

We are delighted to be supporting the First Days Children's Charity who will be bucket collecting at the game to help provide everyday essentials to families who are living in poverty across Berkshire.

ST PATRICK'S PARTY COMMUNITY FESTIVAL

The London Irish communtiy team are running a festival for U7 - U10 on Saturday morning at the local Reddam House School. All participants will then travel to the Madejski Stadium to watch the game, with a few lucky teams taking part in the Guard of Honour.

ST PATRICK'S PARTY COMMUNITY CHOIR

Over 350 children from local schools will be taking to the pitch before the game to perform Fields of Athenry as part of the annual community choir performance.

DOUBLETAPP

We're excited to be teaming up with DoubleTapp for the St Patrick’s Party, offering supporters the chance to win a prize simply by posting about the game on Instagram. There are loads of prizes up for grabs! Find out more here.

B.E.A.T The Street

London Irish players have donated £350 cash this month towards our Homeless Project, with the donation going towards purchasing flasks for the homeless via the “Just a helping hand charity”. The donation will be presented on the pitch before kick-off.

BIG SCREEN

If you would like a message to be shown on the big screen during half-time, please email your message to [email protected] before midnight on Wednesday 20 March.

HALF-TIME

At half-time we will be treated to a performance from the Viv O'Gara Academy of Irish Dance. There will also be the Bord Bia Giant Ball Challenge, with the prize of an Irish food hamper, and we'll have our Patron prize draw.

PROGRAMME

There will be a special larger than normal match day programme, featuring an interview with Topsy Ojo to commemorate reaching 300 appearances for London Irish.

TRAVEL

BY CAR:

Parking is £10 at the stadium subject to availability. You can pre-book car parking through the ticket office by calling 0118 968 1016 or online at ticketing.londonirish.net up to 3pm on Wednesday 20 March. Parking will be available to purchase on the day on a first come first served basis.

The Madejski Stadium can be approached from the A33 Reading Relief Road which links to the M4 Motorway. Exit the M4 at Junction 11 heading for Reading on the A33. At the first roundabout, take the 2nd left onto the Reading Relief Road, passing the Stadium on your left. At the next roundabout (past McDonalds) take the first left onto Northern Way and follow signs to car parks. Click here for a map.

BY RAIL:

Reading Buses operate a frequent R1 service between the Southwest Interchange bus station by Reading Station and the Madejski Stadium on match days.

Buses depart from the Southwest Interchange up to 3 hours before kick-off and work as a frequent service until roughly 20 minutes before kick-off. 

Returning from the Madejski, services depart from Northern Way after full-time and operate for around two and a half hours until 7.15pm.

Please note that you will need to pay in cash - £3.50 for an adult return and £2 for an under 19 return ticket. Click  here for more information.

SECURITY

Please be aware that stewards will be carrying out bag checks on entry to the stadium. We encourage you to only bring a bag if necessary and to leave extra time to enter the stadium. Please note that alcohol is not permitted to be brought into the stadium.

If you aren't able to make it to the game, you can follow the action on Twitter by following @LiRFC .

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