Welcome to the Auckland St Patrick’s Festival Website
Message from Our Patron Rodney HC Walshe
In the fast fading memory of my dim and distant youth, I surprisingly can still recall the words of a once popular song, which went…
”Give me five minutes more, Only five minutes more, Give me five minutes more of your time”.
A certain event in Dublin on Sunday 23rd November 2013 brought this song back to mind with revamped wording…
“Give me two minutes less, Only two minutes less, Give me two minutes less ‘till full time”
So near and yet so far! It was an historic occasion and while the result was not what I wished for and what I believe had been earned, the occasion will still go down in history.
There is another mighty occasion I am preparing for. Not as dramatic or potentially historic, but one nonetheless worthy of your attendance. It is of course the 20th St Patrick’s Festival Emerald Ball, scheduled for Saturday 15 March 2014 at the Pullman Hotel commencing at 6.45pm.
I’ll be there with my green bow-tie, but without my green shamrock flag for the waving, and my voice all tuned for the singing of the “Fields…’ It is sure to be, as ever, a wonderful event to attend, and of great import… the ticket price has been reduced this year to $185pp thanks to some bright and sharp thinking by the Festival Trustees.
So, mark your diaries please, plan to be there and I might be able to tell you how two minutes can appear to be ten, and can change the perspective of an entire visit to Dublin!!
To purchase tickets please Contact kaiya Irvine at Kaiya@crackerjackpromotions.co.nz, 09 377 6192
Beatha agus sláinte
Rodney HC Walshe ONZM
Honorary Consul General of Ireland
The 2014 calendar of Events
Sunday 9th March, Auckland Irish Society St Patrick’s Fair Day, 11am to 5.00pm Fowlds Park, Rocky Nook Ave, Sandringham, Auckland
Saturday 15th March, The Emerald Ball, 6.45pm to 1.00am, The Pullman, Cnr Princes St and Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland City
Sunday 16th March, Hugh Green Group St Patrick’s Parade, 12.00pm to 1.00pm Queen Street, (from Mayoral Drive to Quay Street) Auckland
Sunday 16th March, Hugh Green Group St Patrick’s Fleadh, 1.00pm to 3.00pm, Market Square, Viaduct Harbour (outside O’Hagans Irish Pub)
Monday 17th March, St Patrick’s Day
To deliver to the Greater Auckland Community a world class festival that is professionally organised and presented that promotes and fosters Irish culture and traditions and also reflects the true nature of a progressive, diverse and modern Irish community.
The St Patrick’s Festival is proudly organised by Crackerjack Promotions Limited and wouldn’t be possible without the invaluable support of our Sponsors and Volunteers.