Fran and Cyril Lankin

St Patrick’s Day celebrations are happening all throughout the city today (March 17, 2023).

Old Market Square is where the festivities begin, starting at 11:30am and running till 4:30pm.

The event has been running for around 20 years, but was cancelled in 2020 & 2021 due to Covid-19 and was also impacted in 2018 by the weather. Residents are still stepping out in full support of the event.

“it’s a great celebration of ireland and our family history”
– Sean O’Keefe, Nottingham Resident

The event will include performances on the stage in Old Market Square from Stanley school of Irish dancing, Louie Walsh Band, Comholtas Ceoltoiri Nottingham, Glendarragh Academy, Nottingham Irish Set Dancers, McManus school of Irish dance and Kelly’s Heroes.

Stalls have been set up by various local businesses, including The Golden Shamrock Club.

The Club was founded in 2005 for Irish seniors to be able to socialise. The club is based at Nottingham’s Irish centre.

Fran Lakin, the secretary for the club said, “Our eldest member is 98 next week! we go on holidays and days out and just have plenty of fun.”

The club meets every Tuesday between 11am and 3pm.

David Murphy who sells Mick Mulligan’s famous Irish stew, made by Mick who is the chef and owner of the company, has been taking part in the event since it began.

David said, “We’ve been doing the parade since Day 1. We sell Irish stew, Soda bread and we now even have vegan Irish stew!”

Other stall holders include face painting, merchandise, a tombola, cakes and sweets.

Many residents are in full spirits, dressed up or decorated in Irish accessories.

Sean O’Keefe, comes from Irish Heritage. He and his wife Julia celebrate every year.

“My father came from just outside Waterford in Ireland. It’s a great celebration of Ireland and the family history.

“We have travelled all around Ireland and still have family there.

“Every year we come here, we love the groups and we’re really looking forward to the music today,” he said.

The Louie Walsh Band

The celebrations don’t end there. Many events are taking place tonight as people continue their celebrations of St Patrick’s Day.