NEWS — 12 March 2014

Leech at a St Pat’s Breakfast, St Kentigern’s Fallowfield

By staff reporter

South Manchester-based MP John Leech, Tourism spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats on the coalition government, has shown his support for the upcoming Manchester Irish Festival.

He said: “From the Manchester Ship canal, built thanks largely to Irish ‘navvies’ in the 19th century, to the thousands of Irish fans who throng to Manchester at the weekends to watch Premier League games, the cultural, economic and sporting contribution of the Irish to the city has been immense. From McAlpine’s Fuesiliers to the Busby Babes, the Gallagher brothers and the GAA, the Irish have helped make Manchester the city it is today.

“This 11 day event stands as one of Europe’s largest Irish festivals. With over 200 events, most taking place in south Manchester, this really is a time for Manchester to celebrate its connections with the Emerald Isle.”

The Festival is one of many cultural events Manchester has all year round and one of Manchester’s key strengths is its rich diversity. Manchester Councillors Victor Chamberlain and James Hennigan are hoping to build on this by pushing for Manchester to be nominated as Europe’s Capital of Culture for 2023.

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