What is the St Patrick's Family Fun Day?
The St Patrick's Family Fun Day is an annual event hosted by the Melbourne Irish Festival. The not-for-profit event is open to all, and brings people together to celebrate Irish culture and heritage.
The festival is an opportunity to come together, reflect on the true nature of a modern and diverse Irish community, and its contribution to the fabric of Australian society today.
Photos from our 2022 Festival thanks to the amazing Adam Purcell
Fundraising tickets are the primary source of revenue for the Melbourne Irish Festival Committee, your support makes it happen, thank you!
UPDATE 27/3/23: Raffle is now complete.
The lucky winners are:
Prize Ticket Number
1st Prize - 2 Return tickets to Ireland
2 Return Tickets to Ireland Proudly sponsored by emeraldtravel.com.au
Maximum value of prize is $5000. (terms and conditions apply).
2nd Prize- National Celtic Festival at Portalington Experience
Exclusive package trip for 2 to the National Celtic Festival.
3rd Prize - A Taste Ireland Hamper
Valued at $250
Plus many more prizes!
When: Sunday 26th March, 12-5pm
Where: Edinburgh Gardens, North Fitzroy
Maggie Carty &
Maggie and Máirtín will be performing at the St Patrick's Family Fun Day in 2023. A Boyle native, Maggie comes from a long line of musicians. She is a talented banjo player and singer. Máirtín will join her playing the Flute and Vocals. You can expect a mix of traditional Irish folk music with harmonies and jazz undertones!
Mick is a singer-songwriter and folk balladeer from Baile Átha Cliath that played the open mic scene in Dublin alongside acts like Damien Dempsey, Damien Rice, and Guggenheim Grotto. He'll be at the festival to perform Irish ballads, which you'll be keen to sing along. From traditional ballads and crowd favourites like Spancil Hill, Raglan Road, The Green Fields of France and more. Who is up for a sing-a-long???
Rhythm Kitchen are a musical duo performing Irish, Celtic Rock and Classic Covers [60's - 90's]. Front man Ronnie Tedford from Co. Armagh in the North of Ireland has been performing in various line ups for 30 years in The Melbourne Pubs & Irish Venues Scene.
There will be some excellent Melbourne Irish Dance Schools attending and performing at the Festival. The schools performing include:
O'Connor School of Irish Dancing
Cosgriff Irish Dancing School
Christine Ayres School of Irish Dancing
Thank you to our sponsors and donors
The Melbourne Irish Festival Committee would like to thank the following organisations for their support and generous donations, without which the festival could not happen.
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By Car: Edinburgh Gardens is situated in suburban North Fitzroy, Mel Ref 44 B1. The Gardens are bordered by Brunswick street and this is perhaps the most convenient street to access the Gardens. There is parking around the Gardens but you will more than likely have to pay. Please pay attention to the parking instructions provided to avoid any fines. To plan your trip we suggest using the Google Maps link provided.
By Tram: Trams 11 and 112, the Fitzroy Bowls Club/Brunswick St stop.
For more details click on the Yarra Trams website.
By Train: Rushall is the nearest train station to Edinburgh Gardens. See the map to the right for more detail. On exiting Rushall station head southwest on Falconer Street until you reach Edinburgh Gardens.
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