Been pretty disappointed with Galway every Paddy's Day to be honest. There's usually a plethora of crap bands on, playing music nothing to do with the theme of the day and it tends to just be a generic piss up rather than a celebration of Irish culture (don't say it).
That's everywhere OP! Same in Dublin when I was up there. I think the day should be renamed St. Buckfast's Day by the looks of things!
London and Glasgow both have several Irish bands and events on the 17th
There should be news on http://stpatricksgalway.com soon
The March 17th Parade starts at 11:30 am at Dominic street and will head towards Shop street and Eyre square before finishing around Prospect Hill at lunchtime.
What would you like to see?
What sort of music would you like to see bands playing that represents aspects of Irish culture? (your average Irish musician is NOT keen to play Field of Athenry ever again, as far as I can see!)
Every time I've been to church here on St Patrick's day (meaning of the day and all), either everything or a fair bit of it has been in Irish.
I've been to three parades in Galway, and one in a small town in Mayo.
The Galway ones were bigger and more colourful, with larger numbers of national school kids murdering Peg Ryans, the Newmarket and Britches Full of Stitches. Granted there were various other cultural groups sharing aspects of their culture too, usually wrapped in green. But there were ads in the paper a few weeks back, looking for organisations to get involved in the parade - do you know anyone who took the offer up?
Well that is the only Irish folk song after all
That's a nice touch. Cult gatherings aren't really my scene though.
Not really bothered about the parade. Just want a few tunes really. Was just pretty disappointed most years when all the bands booked for pubs were Keywest variants.
For any rugby fans the Glynn Cup between Galweigans and Corinthians will be on all day at Crowley Park in Glenina
Is that Galwegian's grounds?
So its bands in pubs that you want? You said its just a piss up of a day though which to me sounded like you didnt want to be involved in that aspect of it? You also said it should be more about the meaning of the day, which if im not mistaken is our patron saint which is religious, but you dont do religion? Confused much!!!!
Occupy Galway are going to have a huge party in Eyre Square, with Cllrs Padraig Conneely and Ollie Crowe as MCs and stand-up comedians.
Bring your pyjamas for a sleepover, with Cllr Terry O'Flaherty doing a decade of the rosary at midnight. And there might be an Occupation of Supermac's if people are pished enough
Well i've learned something! Thanks Ben!
Just in case anyone wants to prepare there's a flash mob céili in Eyre Square at 2pm today.
I'm going in with my 4 year old daughter. Any 'best' spots to stand at to get best view of the parade?