Celebrate Scottish culture at Limerick's Bobby Byrne's

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Celebrate Scottish culture at Limerick's Bobby Byrne's

A NIGHT of “feast and revelry” and “tipsy dance and jollity” will be held later this month at Bobby Byrne’s pub to mark Robert Burns night.

From  8.30pm on Monday, January 25, the O’Connell Avenue pub will play host to a typically Scottish meal to mark the night celebrating Scotland’s national poet.

Organised for the last 11 years by Michael Potter and Noel Flannery, this year’s celebration will feature Mr Potter in the role of compere – and he will no doubt roll out a few of Robbie Burns’s classic poems.

The night will also include haggis and sandwiches, neeps and tatties, alongside pipe and violin music.

There will be poems and songs – and those who wish to throw in a piece of literature are more than welcome to do so, the Clarina man said.

There will be bagpipe playing from Capt Michael Egan and a violin piece from Mary O’Donoghue, while Gordon Lessels, a Scotsman living in Limerick, will perform Robbie Burns’s signature poem the Tam O Shanter.

The meat for the haggis has been supplied by Pat O’Doherty’s butchers, in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.

This butcher is famous for suplying the G8 conference when it was held in Northern Ireland previously, as well as Harrods department store in London.

And for the first time, there will be a raffle with all proceeds going towards helping with the cost of organising the annual Burns night celebration, with Michael saying he will also welcome further donations on the night.

Now a common occurrence throughout the world – and a fixture on Limerick’s social calendar – Burns Night celebrations have been held since 1801, five years after the death of the ‘Scottish Bard’.

Initially held on January 29, this date was revised to January 25 after it was discovered this was in fact the date of Burns’ birth.

Burns night gets under way at 8pm in Bobby Byrne’s pub. All welcome. Call 061-316949 for more information.