Postponement – St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade 2020

Following the decision of the Government of Spain and the Generalitat Valenciana to postpone the 2020 Fallas celebrations due to ongoing concerns about the Coronavirus (Covid-19), the Valencia Irish Cultural Association has decided to postpone the St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade 2020.

We hope to be in a position to have a cultural festival in Tinglado 2 later in the year.

Fundraising drive continues for St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade 2020

With the St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade less than a month away, we are hoping for a bigger and better event this year. The event will once again take place in Tinglado 2 in the Port area of the city on Tuesday, March 17th from 1130 to 1430. Over 500 people attended the event last year, and we are hoping for an even bigger crowd this year. This is a family friendly event with plenty of activities for both children and adults.

Although the event is being part-funded by the Ayuntamiento de Valencia, the Embassy of Ireland in Madrid and Tourism Ireland, we are relying on the generosity of the public to ensure that we can organise a great event for all friends of Ireland in Valencia.

With that in mind, we have set up a fundraising “GoFundMe” page. Please help us to ensure the success of the St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade by giving as generously as you can. Thanks!

VICA Table Quiz – Saturday February 29th

VICA Table Quiz in St. Patrick’s pub – Saturday February 29th at 20:00: We’ll be having a table quiz on February 29th in St. Patrick’s Pub (Gran Via del Marqués del Túria, 69).

Questions will be in English, but we will be translating them into Spanish as well. Maximum 4 people per table, with a €20 entry fee per table. There will also be spot prizes and a raffle, with all proceeds going to the St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade fund.

Irish Literary event – November 30th

Our next event will be an evening of Irish literature, which will take place in Mulligan’s pub on Calle Yecla on Saturday, November 30th at 1900. Titled “Irish Poems and Stories: Ancient and Modern” we will have a variety of speakers bringing to life the old tradition of Irish poetry and storytelling. The event will include readings of original work, as well as some well known pieces of Irish literature. We expect a big crowd in on the night, so get in early! Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

poems and stories

VICA AGM agrees calendar of upcoming cultural events

The 2019 Valencia Irish Cultural Association AGM took place at in Sankofa Espai Cultural last Saturday, September 21st. The following officers were elected for the upcoming year:

Chairperson: Dermot Hurley
Secretary: Fionn O´Reilly
Treasurer: Edel Byrne
Public Relations Officer: Philip Jones
Co-ordinator for traditional music sessions: Nick Skelton
Co-ordinator for dancing events: Cynthia Couriel
St. Patrick’s Day funding: Karen O’Reilly

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Irish dancer Charlene Morrison confirmed for July workshops

Hailing from Louisburgh, County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland, Charlene has been an avid Irish dancer from a young age, dancing competitively and performing throughout Europe and North America during her dance career. She performed as lead dancer on the PBS production Celtic Crossroads: World Fusion which toured USA and Canada from 2010-2013. In 2012, she starred as lead dancer with Altan during their tour of Norway and UK.

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Irish food and drink companies help ensure success of 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Valencia

Thanks to the support of a variety of Irish food and drink companies, we were able to offer a great selection of treats to the more than 500 people who came to the Valencia Irish Cultural Association’s 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Festival.

Thanks to Ray and Ros Coyle from Tayto Park for an extremely generous donation – Tayto crisps are always a hit with Irish people, but plenty of locals also enjoyed them! Tayto goodie packs were also included in our raffle prizes.

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