Painting the town green for St Patrick's Day

Irish rovers enjoy all-day St Patrick's party in the centre of Torremolinos.
Irish rovers enjoy all-day St Patrick's party in the centre of Torremolinos. / T. Bryant
  • Hundreds of revellers in Benalmádena and Torremolinos enjoyed traditional folk dancing, Celtic music and Irish cuisine

Irish communities along the Costa del Sol came out in force last weekend to celebrate the feast day in honour of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Huge street parties were held in the coastal towns, where armies of green floppy hats enjoyed live music and entertainment washed down with a copious supply of Guinness.

Hundreds of revellers packed the Plaza de la Mezquita in Arroyo de la Miel, and also the Plaza La Nogalera in Torremolinos, for an afternoon of traditional Irish folk dancing, music and the typical gastronomy of the Emerald Isle.

Torremolinos' event lasted two days and included a performance by Euphoria, a U2 tribute band.

Both parties were organised by the Irish Association Spain and the respective town halls.

Dozens of Irish bars also joined in with the fun, especially in Montemar (known locally as little Ireland), where the Irish community comes together to celebrate the craic in style.

As with numerous cities and towns around the world that illuminate monuments and buildings to mark St Patrick's Day, Malaga's town hall building was given a green glow, as was the iconic Arco de Marbella.

President of the Irish Association, Terry McKinley, told SUR in English, "We are very happy with this year's turnout. The parties in Torremolinos and Benalmádena are absolutely packed. It is nice to see so many Irish citizens enjoying the fun and the glorious weather."