All things Irish take centre stage during St Patrick’s weekend in York.

The York Irish Association proudly presents its fifth annual St Patrick’s Weekend Festival on 16-17 March.

The activities are all about celebrating Irish tradition and culture and broadening understanding and partnerships in York.


Chair of the York Irish Association Brendan Tannam said:

  • With Irish dancing performances, live music, and ceilidhs, there should be something for everyone to enjoy.

    It should be a great atmosphere in the marquee and we look forward to giving the famous Irish welcome to the crowds again this year.

What’s on

Throughout the weekend there will be music performances from the likes of singer songwriter Paula Ryan, harpist Catriona Cannon and duo 2 Bob.

St Patrick’s Weekend Festival
  • Sat 16 Mar @ 11.30am-10.30pm
    Sun 17 Mar @ 11.30am-5pm
  • St Sampson’s Square, York
  • Free
  • More details

The entertainment on both days will finish with ceilidhs with Fiddlers Wreck and the New Fox Band.

There will also be Irish dancing performances from the O’Connor Academy of Irish Dance, Field Academy of Irish Dance and St Aelred’s Irish Dance School.


Youth folk group Folkestra will kick off the Festival on the Saturday morning.

There will also be a history of the Irish in York display, Gaelic football demonstrations and traditional Irish food and drink.

The whole event is free to attend, there will be children’s facepainting and a raffle with great prizes.