By staff reporter
On Monday 17 March, Shayne Ward the X Factor winner and Dancing on Ice star popped into Levenshulme village in South Manchester to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in the heart of Manchester’s Irish Community.
The area turns ‘Green’ for the festival every year and even had a Leprechaun installed to welcome visitors to the village the media call ‘Little Ireland’.
The singer, who has Irish roots, was just one of hundreds of people who headed for the areas Irish bars to enjoy a glass or two of the black stuff and party the night away until the cows came home. Shayne is pictured here with members of the Justine Ward Mallinson School of Irish Dancing.
The Levenshulme-based troupe mesmerised the crowds with their ‘Riverdance’ displays when they performed at m19 bar and The Fiddlers Green. The chart topping singer has sold over 3 milion records worldwide and has had number one albums and singles in nine different countries.
The Horseshoe staged a special collection for The Christie’s Cancer Hospital which raised £400 for the charity. Declan Mulhern, the landlord said “We are very grateful to everybody who helped turn Levenshulme Green for the festival. The fact that they were all so generous for a worthwhile cause is greatly appreciated.”
The director of the Levenshulme Pub Company Lawerence Hennigan whose organisation was celebrating 25 years in promoting Irish Culture in the area added “It has been another great year for the area, we are delighted to see so many of our friends return to celebrate the festival.”
Levenshulme is home to the one of the biggest Irish community outside of London and is one of the main festival hubs for the 11 Day Manchester Irish Festival. The annual celebration of all things Irish had over 200 events making it one of the biggest Irish Festivals in Europe and this year was visited by the Irish Prime Minister (an Taoiseach), Enda Kenny TD.
A series of All-day St Patrick’s Day parties were staged on Monday 17 March with live Irish Music and traditional Irish dancing displays taking place in the Union Inn, Hennigans Sports Bar, The Fiddlers Green, the Horseshoe and m19 bar.
For more see www.manchesteririshfestival.co.uk.