St Patricks Day at O’Neill’s

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by Oliver Huxtable

Celebrations are kicking off at O’Neill’s this St Patrick’s Day and promise a day of ‘ceoil agus craic’ – music and fun.

The festivities are expected to draw a huge following.

Steve Thorn, 34, the bar manager, said: “We’re expecting to be at capacity by about half four. Last year we were packed to the rafters.”

The Irish pub based on Loseby Lane is offering a variety of traditional experiences including the Irish sports hurling and the GAA and some live acoustic bands.

“We have an acoustic band at 12 and some Irish dancers we have each year at half one. They’re going to an international Irish dance competition so we’re helping raise some money. These are followed by the local band Swagger.

The event seems likely to draw the drink happy student crowd looking for some entertaining culture. He said “We’ve had a price change recently so prices are now cheaper than some student bars.”

A benefit of the celebration will be to raise some money for Rainbows, the Leicestershire children’s hospice, and charity Sue Ryder who provide hospice and neurological care.

With Leicester being the vastly multicultural city it is, St Patrick’s Day offers another chance for us to celebrate our diversity.

“I don’t think there’s much change at all really, everyone’s happy. Despite it being an Irish day we all get together to celebrate this happy occasion”.

Outside of St Patrick’s Day the pub proves to be just as enticing and regularly features live music and sports “we’re a massive rugby pub”.

To sweeten the deal the pub is also hosting a ‘Pot of Gold’ challenge where anyone who finds a gold coin hidden around the pub will wins a nice purse of £250.

Find out more about O’Neill’s St Patty’s Day celebrations and more at:

http://www.oneills.co.uk/leicester/

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