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St. Patrick's Day Celebrations in Bratislava

While in Bratislava during St. Patrick's Day there will be a few spots that you can celebrate the holiday in and where you will be able to hear bagpipes and traditional Irish music.

#1. The Dubliner - This is our Irish Pub in Bratislava, near the Main Square (Hlavne Namestie). They are sure to have some weekend entertainment as well as a few impromptu bagpipe concerts given by earnest customers coming by for a pint.

#2. On the Street - The lonely medieval streets of Bratislava at dusk just call for someone to echo a droning set of pipes to be played through them. And her visitors oblige, especially around St. Patrick's Day. Follow your ears to impromptu concerts.

#3. Churches – After all, St. Patrick was a man of God. Maly Kostol Church in Bratislava will, for the second year in a row, be hosting a St. Patrick's Day service on Sunday, March 20 complete with bagpipes.
#4. Hlava 22 - Hlava 22 will be having an Irish themed party on the night of St. Patrick's Day.
#5. The Irish Embassy - Of course, when in doubt, always ask the Irish Embassy. Here's the full programme (subject to change, as always) fresh from the Irish Embassy:
St Patrick's Day Events - 16th – 20th March 2011
Provisional Programme from the Irish Embassay
*Photo Exhibition - Wednesday, March 16 – Sunday, March 20, 2011
An exhibition of Irish photos, from the Czech and Slovak Photo Club in Ireland, will be exhibited in Eurovea Galleria's Main Square, at Pribinova 8 in Bratislava from Wednesday 16th to Sunday 20th March.
*Traditional Irish Music - Thursday, March 17 – Friday, March 18, 2011
The Curragour Piper & Drummers Band will walk a set route in Bratislava Old Town Thursday and Friday night from approx 8.30 p.m. on Thursday and 6.00 p.m. on Friday for approx one hour.
Jack Carey's Traditional Irish Bands will perform at Hostinec Pri Schodoch, Zamocke schody 2, 811 02 Bratislava, from approximately 9.00 p.m. Thursday night, and Cois Siúire will play Friday night from approximately 9.00 p.m.
*Music and Dance - Saturday, March 19, 2011
Music and dance will be performed at Eurovea Galleria's Main Square at Pribinova 8 in Bratislava according to the following schedule:
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Mixed Programme (Dancers, Pipers & Traditional Bands)
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Pipers Leave Main Square in old Town and arrive Eurovea at 1:00 p.m. and play on Stage for 15 Minutes
1:15 – 2:00 p.m. Jack Carey & Traditional Irish Band
2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Stomp Irish Dancing
3:00 - 9:15 p.m. Official Programme
3:00 – 4.45 p.m. Cois Siúire Traditional Irish Band
5:00 – 5.45 p.m. Stomp/Avalon- Slovak Irish Dance Group
6:00 – 7:15 p.m. Jack Carey & Traditional Irish Band
7:30 – 9:15 p.m. Headline Band - Frank & Walters
3:00 – 7:30 p.m. Curragour Piper & Drummers Band will perform during intervals in the progamme mentioned above.
A tent will be set up next to the Main Stage where from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. there will be kids activities such as face painting, balloons, and games. Irish food, Irish stew, Guinness and much more will be served as well.
If that isn't enough to keep you busy through the St. Patrick's Day celebration and to leave you feeling a little Irish and maybe even a little tired of bagpipes, then send us a note. We care about our readers so much that we might just cook you some corned beef and cabbage to make the holiday feel more special.