Irish Embassy in London plans impressive virtual St Brigid's Day celebration
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Irish Embassy in London plans impressive virtual St Brigid's Day celebration

THE IRISH Embassy in London is gearing up for their annual St Brigid's Day celebrations despite the difficulties arising from the pandemic.

Each year, the Irish Embassy celebrates creative and talented Irish women in honour of St Brigid, who is one of Ireland's most prolific Saints.

The event is eagerly anticipated and hugely enjoyed each year, and will go ahead this weekend in a virtual manner-- which means it is accessible to anyone, from anywhere in the world , for the first time.

Last year the Irish Embassy secured a number of incredible Irish women for the event, including comedian Aisling Bea and actress Siobhán McSweeney, and this year the lineup is as impressive as ever, with musicians, poets, professors and media personalities set to make an appearance.

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Irish-Bengali musician Joy Crookes is set to perform as part of this year's St Brigid's Day celebrations (Credit: Katie Silvester)

With virtual events beaming in from the Irish Consulate in Edinburgh, Luton Irish Forum, Liverpool Irish Festival, the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith, Irish Film London and the London Irish Centre, part of the three-day online event will be streamed to people across the world on Facebook and Youtube at 6pm Sunday.

Here's what to expect for Lá Fhéile Bríde 2021.

Saturday, 30th January:

The St. Brigid’s Day celebrations are kicked off with a Zoom event from Luton Irish Forum, with an optional online afternoon tea.

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Sunday 31st January:

The Irish Embassy will livestream their St. Brigid’s Day Event on Facebook and Youtube from 6pm, featuring:

  • Poetry by London-based Irish poet Martina Evans and musician and spoken word artist Sinead O’Brien.
  • A conversation between Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor Oxford University and ITN’s Julie Etchingham on Women in Education
  • Musical performances from Joy Crookes, Aislinn Logan and FEARS (Constance Keane).

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Monday 1st February – St Brigid's Day-- an all-day St. Brigid’s Day Festival featuring Irish cultural centres across the UK:

  • 11am – Edinburgh Consulate
  • 5pm – Liverpool Irish Festival
  • 6pm – Irish Cultural Centre
  • 7pm – Irish Film London
  • 8pm – London Irish Centre
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You can catch Sunday's virtual event on the Irish Embassy London page here.