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St Patrick's Day 2012 PDF Print E-mail

Image Saturday March 17th 2012 Nottingham City will again be even greener! The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will make its way from the Forest to the Market Square. This year the parade will be led by the County of Westmeath with Mary Greaney as Chief Marshall. The Chairman of Westmeath County Council, Cllr Mark Cooney, will also be present at the celebrations on March 17th.

There will be a free open air concert throughout the afternoon showcasing the best of Irish traditional music, song and dance.

We offer an open invitation to other cultural groups in the city community to come and parade with us. 

The official presentation of the Shamrock to the Lord Mayor of Nottingham was carried out on the evening of 7th March in the Council House Nottingham. This marks the beginning of a busy St Patrick's week in the city and the Shamrock was presented by members of the St Barnabas GAA Football Club. They are photographed here with the Lord Mayor of Nottingham - Councillor Michael Wildgust - Emer Gunning,  Damien Melvin,  Dave O'Regan,  Oonagh Meade and Jennifer Calvert.

Westmeath Lead the 2012 Parade PDF Print E-mail
Image This year our festival 'twin' is the County of Westmeath which is located in the Province of Leinster in the North Central region of Ireland. This county was created from the ancient kingdom of Mide. The word Mide means middle which is where the kingdom was located within Ireland. This County is made up of many towns that include Athlone, Mullingar, Delvin, Glassan, Kilbeggan, Finnea, and Horseleap. Tourists visit the County of Westmeath to enjoy the many lakes and waterways in the area. Some of the most popular tourist attractions in Westmeath include Fore Abbey which is an ancient monastery and also the Belvedere House. Besides the great ruins and museums you will find gardens and parks throughout the area. Westmeath also has wonderful fairs and festivals throughout the year.
2012 Parade Timetable PDF Print E-mail


  • Assemble at 11.00am at Forest Recreation Ground (Google map).
  • Parade starts at 12.00 noon and procedes along the route: Mansfield Road → Lower Milton Street → Parliament Street → Queens Street and into the Square (map of parade route).
  • Parade arrives in Market Square in time for afternoon open air concert at 1pm.


Anyone wishing to join the parade please park your car at the Forest Recreation Ground Park & Ride off Gregory Boulevard.

Alternative parking

Park & Ride Car Parks: Phoenix • Queens Drive
Broadmarsh Shopping Centre • Fletcher Gate • Victoria Shopping Centre

Access by public transport


Market Square Entertainment PDF Print E-mail

Image11.30 to 12.30 Lively opening by Na Fiánna as the parade prepares and leaves The Forest

12.30 to 13.00 Civic greetings

13.00 to 13.20 McManus Dancers 

13.20 to 13.35 Trinity Showband - from the Band Stand on the Fountain area

13.35 to 13.55 Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann (Nottingham Branch)

13.55 to 14.05 St. Barnabas Gaelic Athletic Association: Cups, speech and rally

Image14.05 to 14.25 Nottingham Set Dancers

14.25 to 14.45 Glendarragh Dancers

14.45 to 15.00 Tartanaires Showband from the Band Stand

15.00 to 16.30 Na Fiánna

Gerry Molumby MC


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Diary of Events in 2012 PDF Print E-mail

March 8th – Michael Collins: ‘The Big Fellow’. Historical talk by Pat Murphy 7.30-9pm, Nottingham Irish Centre. NISG Event.

March 9th –  Eavan Boland’s Famine Poems. Reading and discussion 2-3pm, Angel Row Library. Free. NISG Event.

March 10thThe Dubliners are at The Royal Concert Hall

March 10th –  Jimmy Cricket Laughter Show: Irish 'music hall' and 'vaudeville' entertainer suitable for all the family + Irish Dancers. The Jokers Club, Annesley Lane, Selston. NG16 6AG. Tickets £3 (only in advance - Book early!) Box Office 01773813068.

March 15th – St Patrick: The man, the myth, the marches. Talk by Deirdre O’Byrne, 7.30-9pm, Nottingham Irish Centre. NISG Event.

March 15th – Noel Cassidy on tour from Ireland. Hear this fantastic singer at Keoghs Irish Bar.

March 16th – Official opening of the 'Forty Shades of Green' art exhibition in the City Gallery 14a Long Row (opposite Nottingham City Tourist information bureau) at 7.00pm. (Doors open at 6pm.) This event is for invited guests only – please contact us if you would like an invitation. The exhibition is open to the public until Saturday 31st March 2012.

March 16th – DJ Ged Dowling Playing Irish music at Keoghs Irish Bar to get you warmed up for Paddy's Day.

March 16thNottingham Irish Golf Society: St Patrick's Day Golf tournament- visitors welcome. Tee off 11am at Ruddington Grange Golf Club.

March 17th – St Patrick's Day Celebrations

March 17th Irish Storytelling for children. Children get pictures to take away and colour. 1.30- 2pm, and 3 – 3.30pm, at ‘Forty Shades of Green', 14a Smithy Row, Nottingham NG1 2DH. Free. All welcome. NISG Event.

March 17th – 'Have a Go @ Gaeilge'. Learn 'cúpla focal' (a few words) or polish up your rusty ones at an informal taster session at the Irish Centre, 4-5pm. All welcome. NISG Event.

March 17thDurty Linen at the Irish Centre in Wilford Street.

March 17thGreyfriars Club St. Patrick's Day Dance. Music from Eamon McCann. Tickets are £10 in advance (now on sale). Smart dress, no admission after 10.00 p.m., doors open 8.00 p.m.

March 17th – 'Na Fianna' live and direct from Ireland at The Manor Club, Manners Road, Ilkeston, DE7 8AT. Concert, hot buffet & late bar - Tickets £15 in advance (0115 9305027) or on the door.

March 17thAn evening of celtic music at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham – Seven Little Sisters, Band From County Hell, Greenman Rising & Quiet Loner. Tickets are available from the venue or from the online box office. Live music must finish by 9.50pm so doors are open at 6pm with Quiet Loner taking to the stage at 6.20pm.

March 17th – Rugby: England v Ireland at Twickenham Stadium, London. Kick-off 17:00. TV viewing at many venues around Nottingham.

March 17thThe Lion Inn will be showing the rugby at 5pm with free irish stew at half time. Shamus O'Blivion and the Megadeath Morrismen will be playing live from 9pm. Guinness £2.75 All day. Free entry. The Lion Inn is opposite the Shipstone Street tram stop.

March 17th – Irish crime comedy The Guard is showing at the Broadway Cinema.

March 17th – DJ Ged Dowling playing Irish music 1pm till close. The Bell Inn, Old Market Square, Nottingham.

March 17thKeogh's Irish Bar: Traditional Irish music all day with Anthony Docherty & Theresa Coleman and Friends. Irish Rugby Shown on the Big screen plus drinks offers and give a-ways.

March 18th – Finish off the weekend with Live Irish Music with Anthony Docherty, Theresa Coleman, Declan Greaney & Eddie O'Donnell. Keogh's Irish Bar.

March 19thTommy Fleming is at The Royal Concert Hall

If you have any St. Patrick's related events, please let us know and we will list them here.