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Wednesday 28 June 2017

St Patrick's Festival 'is our opportunity to show off to world'

Artastic Pageant characters Rachel Lalley (left) and Piyanuch Chanphet at the Festival launch
Artastic Pageant characters Rachel Lalley (left) and Piyanuch Chanphet at the Festival launch

The St Patrick's Festival offers a "unique opportunity" to showcase Dublin on the world stage, Lord Mayor Brendan Carr has said.

Mr Carr said the annual event "should not be taken for granted" and offers a huge boost to the city.

"Our aim is for the festival to be bigger and better each year. Every festival takes 18 months of difficult work and brings in €75m in tourism," he said at the launch of the festival.

"In celebration of Ireland's national holiday, Dublin is set for four really great days and nights from March 16 to 19.

"There truly is something for everyone to experience and enjoy."

Musicians

The festival will host 3,000 artists, musicians, dancers, poets and performers in a programme of more than 30 events over the four days.

Dublin poet Stephen James Smith has been commissioned to write a new poem entitled My Ireland, in response to this year's theme, Ireland You Are.

The poem is available online with an accompanying video made in collaboration with director Myles O'Reilly, folk musician Conor O'Brien and other Irish artists including Loah and Saint Sister.

The festival is expected to attract more than 100,000 foreign visitors, and tourists can expect a "broad programme of events", said festival chief executive Susan Kirby.

"We have Niall O'Connor and Simon Cullen's electronic project Music for 18 Machines, spoken-word gigs and a panel discussion called the Revolution Will Not Be Televised among the many events at this year's festival," she said.

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