Young, Gifted & Green kick-starts Manchester Irish Festival celebrations

Young, Gifted & Green kick-starts Manchester Irish Festival celebrations

A SHOW featuring over 100 Irish dancers, musicians and singers from the Young, Gifted & Green at St Bede’s College kicked off this years’ Manchester Irish Festival.

Last Saturday's sold out show by the College and Prep School in Alexandra Park also showcased a whole host of Irish dance groups and special guests.

Joe Casserley from the Full Irish Radio show hosted the event -sponsored by the Irish Post - which saw performances from this years’ BBC show The Voice contestant Joe Keegan.

Other guests included Irish Harpist Kate Brett, Flutist and Clog dancer Adele Graham, and Irish Soprano Georgina Murray.

Director of Young, Gifted & Green and Head of Technology at the College Tony Hennigan said: "It was a fantastic celebration of the immense Irish talent that we have in the Prep, College and around Manchester.

“The show was staged in the splendour of the Academic Hall which was once the Manchester Aquarium and for one night only become a ‘Riverdance’ of Irish talent.

St Bede's College Prep Choir St Bede's College Prep Choir

“The evening featured performances from students as young as six and we are indebted to all the special guests who gave up their time to join in the celebration which pre-launched this years’ 2014 Manchester Irish Festival.”

Guest Irish Dance groups at the event included the Keegan Academy of Irish Dance, the Lally School of Irish Dance, the Justine Ward Mallinson School of Irish Dancing and professional Irish Dance group The Reel Deal.

Tara O’Carolan CCE Traditional Irish Music group who were one of the original performers at YGG’s first show in 1995 were the house band for the performance.

The Young, Gifted & Green is a recipient of the Royal Variety Club of Great Britain ‘Pride of Eireann’ and has appeared on numerous national TV shows including Blue Peter.

The 11 day Irish Festival officially starts this Friday (March 7) and runs until St Patrick’s Day on Monday 17 March.