St. Patrick’s Day in Manchester

12th March 2020

Dust off that old green jacket and get practising your Guinness shamrock, it’s the time of year to dig out the great great (great) granny upon whom your tenuous Irishness relies and paint the town green. Yep, St Patrick’s Day in Manchester has come back around.

Irish roots run deep in Manchester. Having made up to a tenth of the city’s population according to one 1841 report, much of Manchester’s modern culture descends from migrants from the Emerald Isle. From musical greats like the Gallagher brothers, Morrissey and Johnny Marr to city treasures George Best and Caroline Aherne, Manchester’s Irish blood still runs strongly through its beating English heart.

Manchester’s industrial hive was built on the sweat of Irish and English labour alike and despite periods of tension, Ireland has, without doubt, had its say on the past, present and future look of this city.

With this in mind, of course the city of Manchester will be joining in wholeheartedly with celebrations in the run-up to St. Patrick’s Day, on Tuesday 17th of March.

Take a look at what the city has planned.

Manchester’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Sunday 15th March, 12 noon

Still set to go ahead, the annual parade will start from the Irish World Heritage Centre just off Queen’s Road, Cheetham Hill, at 12 noon and will finish at the corner of Deansgate and Liverpool Road at 2pm.

Manchester Irish Festival

Saturday 7th March – Tuesday 17th March

This year is the 25th Manchester Irish Festival. The festival will feature 10 days of festivities celebrating Irish heritage in the city, including live music events, workshops, and theatre productions. Take a look at their website and see what there is to offer!

Some of our picks are:

Keegan Academy of Irish Dancing – Irish dancing class @ Chorlton Irish Clubs

Saturday March 14, 2020 – 9:45am

St Patrick’s weekend concert with Mike Fox @ The Union Inn, Levenshulme

Saturday March 14, 2020 – 9:00pm

Exploring Little Ireland – guided walk around Little Ireland

Sunday March 15, 2020 – 11:15am


As well as the festivities, pay a visit to one of the many Irish bars in the city centre for a St Paddy’s Day pub crawl. With live music, themed nights and the perfect Irish pint across the occasion, you’re spoilt for choice.

Mulligans of Deansgate

12 Southgate, M3 2RB

As Manchester’s oldest Irish pub, Mulligans is renowned for having the best pint of Guinness in Manchester. Don’t forget the good craic, live music, and sport either. What more could you want from an Irish bar?

Waxy O’Connors, Manchester

The Printworks, M4 2BS

With live music from 4pm to 12am and free entry all day on the 17th, you can guarantee a party at one of the biggest and best Irish bars in Manchester. Spread out across 3 floors, there’s plenty of room for some Irish dancing!

O’Shea’s Irish Bar

80 Princess Street, M1 6NF

Keep your eyes peeled for the small sign signalling O’Shea’s location just off Oxford Road. Inside is decorated with green and cream, the perfect backdrop for a St Paddy’s Day pint.

O’Neill’s, Printworks

The Printworks, M4 2BS

Another Printworks Irish bar. Live music, fancy dress, Paddy’s Day merch, all the action from the Six Nations, and loads of great offers on your favourite Irish drinks from Friday 13th – Tuesday 17th March.

Kielys of Manchester

1 Watson St, M3 4EEBottom of Form

A vibrant Irish tavern with plenty of live music and sport, keeping you topped up with beer this St. Patrick’s Day.


So tighten up that dodgy accent that you’re convinced you’re nailing, grab a Guinness or two and join in the festivities for St Patrick’s Day in Manchester!

Sláinte and enjoy the craic!