St Patrick’s day revellers at celebrations in Marbella last year. :: A. B.
St Patrick’s Day in the Costa del Sol is set to be a big party once again. Every year the Costa del Sol celebrates the patron saint of Ireland with a day of festivity and frivolity. This year a number of events will be happening along the Costa.
The Irish community on the Costa del Sol has always been a strong one and this is the day it really can come out in force. Alongside various smaller celebrations in Irish pubs around the region there will also be bigger parades, parties and of course religious masses.
Running for the past 18 years, the Benalmádena Party in the Park will, once again be in full swing this Monday 17th March.
After a mass held at 12.15pm in the Virgen del Carmen Church in Bonanza Square, the festivities begin on the fairground near La Paloma Park.
With exciting attractions such as dancers, singers and real Irish food and drink (Guinness of course) this year promises to be another “massive party” as it has been in years gone by as described by Terry Mckinley, President of the Irish Association of Spain.
They are looking forward to welcoming celebrated Irish dancers Niamh and Gavin Shevlin who will be performing for the second year at the event.
The party is organised by the Irish Association of Spain whose aim is to “provide information and support to Irish citizens an all aspects of daily life”.
Fuengirola shopping fun
The Irish influence is clear to see all round, as the Miramar Shopping Centre in Fuengirola is putting on a ‘shamrocked’ spree of fun, food and music on Saturday 15th March.
With live performances from bands such as The Stolen Gnomes, children’s workshops and not to mention Guinness tasting there will be a little bit of Ireland for all those who attend.
Mijas in the mix
Mijas too are not missing out on celebrating St Patrick’s Day. In typical Costa del Sol fashion La Cala Resort are holding a St Paddy themed golf tournament which will be held on Sunday 16th March.
Open to all ages and levels. There will only be one category with a better ball format and the top five teams and best costume will get a prize. Alongside this lunch will be served and everyone will get a chance to enter into the Irish spirit.