50 Shades of Green in Marbella

Post by: Gerarda on 18 Mar 2013

Who needs 50 shades of grey when you can have 50 shades of the most magnificent color from the Emerald Isle? St. Patrick´s Day in Marbella was celebrated in a sea of green that would give 50 shades a run for its money.

From Irish dancing and singing to Irish food and drink from Aidan’s Bar & Grill, The Orange Tree, Beckitt’s Restaurant and The Playwright restaurant there was no excuse for anyone going home hungry or thirsty. Irish stew flowed from The Hogan Stand and the main entrance was awash with Guinness from The Claddagh.

Finola Sloyan of Event Planner, pulled off a miracle in getting a change of location for the festivities, for the Irish Club Marbella, since looming rain meant a last minute change of venue was going to be needed. Where do you find a site large enough for an event of this magnitude and at the same time have it available at a moment´s notice? It is not as if you can postpone such an important day in the Irish calendar.

It proves that leprechauns are not only found at the bottom of a Guinness glass but are found in scores of places and in countless forms. The Ayuntamiento de Marbella proved to be the leprechauns of the day at this year´s St. Patrick´s Day Festival, as they provided the Palacio de Congresos, a place where everyone could be warm and dry and have all the facilities one requires for a large group of people.

To the MC, Percy O´Rowland, from Toastmasters Marbella (TMI) who was an Irishman-for-a-day, well-done you. For all those who attended who were Irish or Irish-at-heart, it looked like a good time was had.

Due to rainy weather being forecast for Sunday, March 17th, the Marbella Town Hall has changed the location for the St. Patrick’s Day Festival. It will now be held upstairs in the Palacio de Congresos, Marbella. The entrance is opposite El Corte Ingles, before you get to the Copper Tower (Piruli), on the right-hand side if you are coming from Puerto Banus.  If you are driving, you can park next door, beside the Senator Hotel (free).

All of the original participants are still involved and the festivities will commence at 12 noon with the dance troop, the Aloha College Irish Dancers. All afternoon there will be oodles of entertainment with food and drink being served.

Come for Sunday lunch at the St. Patrick´s Day Festival, enjoy the music and dancing and experience the Irish talent on the Costa del Sol.

St. Patrick´s Day in Marbella

Post by: Gerarda on 04 Mar 2013

All over the world whether at home or abroad the Irish will be celebrating St. Patrick´s Day. March 17th is a day to make merry especially if you are Irish and a good excuse if you are not.

Marbella will be the home of this year´s St. Patrick´s Day Festival on the Costa del Sol and the Terraces of the Marbella Marina will be decked out in the familiar colors of green, orange and white. At noon Gemma Cannon, along with her dance troop, Aloha College Irish Dancers will grace the festival stage with traditional Irish dancing and throughout the afternoon the Aloha College Celtic Singers, Sean Murray, singer/songwriter from Skerries, Dublin will serenade us and guitarists Alec Mac and Liam Kenneally will play classic Irish music. Marbella’s Tourism Department has arranged for a Spanish Flamenco Show and the Belly Dancing group Al-Kamra will be performing as part of their ongoing support for DEBRA Spain.

Irish businesses will be out in full-force during the St. Patrick´s Day Festival with food and drink being served all afternoon. From Gourmet Tapas to Clonakilty Black Pudding and many other specialties including desserts, there will be no fear of you going hungry.  And to wash it all down there will be Guinness and more Guinness, a Champagne bar, Spanish wines and of course the nectar of the gods, Irish Whiskey.

For those energetic souls there will be Gaelic football on the beach for both children and adults, organized by the Costa Gael GAA Football Club. And for the little ones there will be a Bouncy Castle and Face Painting provided by Tina of Tina Kids.

Come and celebrate your Irish heritage or rediscover it.

For more information check out the Irish Club Marbella

The Irish Club Marbella

St. Patrick´s Day Festival Marbella


Festival Location: Marbella Marina Terrace

Sunday, March 17th

Time: 12.00 – 18.00


Participating Restaurants & Bars

The Hogan Stand/ Oscars

Aidan’s Bar & Grill

The Orange Tree


Mels Champagne Bar

The Claddagh Bar

The Playwright