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Just five days left! Many groups and artists come together to make St. Patrick’s Day 2021 bright

DUBLIN: Various groups and organizations across Ireland are seeking to bring more colour to this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, even during the COVID lockdown.

On Ireland’s National Day, they call on the Irish people around the world to forget the dark days of restrictions and embrace the bright days ahead. Dúisigh Éire! Awaken Ireland! is the theme of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival.

Many online cultural programs are organized with the participation of hundreds of artists. Musicians, performers, makers, creators, arts and live events workers and community organisations across Ireland are gathering to celebrate.

The St. Patrick’s Festival begins on TV today. The online global TV channel is planned to run over six virtual days and nights. Viewers can tune in to the celebrations via RTÉ Culture.

From 12-17 March, the SPF TV will present more than 100 programs. It will feature Irish music, drama, art, performance, poetry, storytelling, traditional arts, virtual tours, food, culture and more.

Comedians Foil, Arms & Hog and Michael Fry, legendary poet Pat Ingoldsby, writers and broadcasters Marian Richardson, Brendan Balfe and Manchán Magan and Chef Tadgh Byrnea will also add more colours to the festival.

For the young (and young at heart), the fabulous Fanzini Brothers and Tumble Circus can be enjoyed to the fullest. And with Bressie, Michael Ryan, and other guests, you can be part of events that bring peace, wellness and mindfulness.

Pillow Queens, New Jackson, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Mary Coughlan, Myles O’Reilly, Gemma Dunleavy, Sorca McGrath, Gareth Quinn Redmond, Matthew Nolan, Lisa Hannigan, Adrian Crowley, Fontaines D.C.’s Grian Chatten, Matthew Campbell of The Shamrock Tenors, soprano Mary McCabe, The Breath, Moxie, Kíla and Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn of Ye Vagabonds will line up for a great concert.

Many traditional performers and storytellers will be the special attraction of the event, including Eddie Lenihan Donnacha Dwyer, Sin A Deir Sí, Ceiliúradh ó Chorca Dhuibhne, Shandrum Céilí Band, Caoimhe O Flaherty, Ronan O’Flagherty, Naoise Mac Cathmhaoil, Nuala Hayes, Jerry O’Reilly, Dermot Bolger, Annemarie Ní Churreáin and Nell Ní Chrónín – international guests include Welsh legend Gruff Rhys and Scotland’s Brìdghe Chaimbeul and Aidan O’Rourke.

In addition, RTE is hosting a virtual St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 17. It aims to bring people around the world together online.

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