It’s almost that time of year, when everyone claims to have an Irish ancestry and develops a taste for the black stuff! In 2018, celebrations take place 11th March in Birmingham, traditionally the Sunday before the patron saint’s day on 17th. However, in true spirit of the emerald isle, The Old Crown will be celebrating all-week long with the pub being lit up green to mark the festivities.

It all kicks off with the parade on Sunday (11/03). This year’s theme will be the influential women of Ireland and Birmingham, marking 100 years of the women’s vote and Mother’s Day, which falls on the same day! A party will take places with live music aplenty, names include: viral stars Frost Bit Boy and Ire-Ish, Lampa, Hooley,James Reidy and Mr Spacey.

Monday 12th March – Local historian Professor Carl Chinn MBE will host a one-off Peaky Blinders event, that will dig deep into the Irish connections of the now, world-famous crime gang.

Tuesday 13th March – The Mockingbird Cinema join in, they will be treating guests to a showing of ‘The Commitments’ – a classic film set in Ireland and based around a music fanatic who wants to form his own soul band of the same name.

Wednesday 14th March – sees a literary night. Budding Irish poets will lay their work bare as attendees enjoy traditional fare.

Thursday 15th March – a must for Villa fans, Paul McGrath will spend an evening with an audience discussing his legendary footballing career.

Friday 16th March – will see the crown on tour, putting on a coach trip to Cheltenham for Gold Cup Day. Punters who can’t make the journey can enjoy all the live action with bets and music continuing throughout the day.

Saturday 17th March – the week long celebrations will come to a close on top form. England V Ireland rugby followed by a special fund-raising event from The Holy Show Band and Lampa.

The Old Crown are pulling out all the stops in celebrating true Irish culture. It promises to be a great week full of heritage, sport and entertainment, that those harbouring a special love for our neighbour will want to enjoy. Pop along to at least one of these exciting events in honour of St Paddy!

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