Paddy’s Day event in Limerick to ‘unlock’ emphasis on alcohol

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Flying high: circus group Fidget Feet who are to perform on stilts at the Paddy's Day Unlocked event in the city. Picture: Sean Curtin
AN event moving the emphasis of St Patrick’s Day away from alcohol is to run in the Milk Market, featuring a varied line-up.

AN event moving the emphasis of St Patrick’s Day away from alcohol is to run in the Milk Market, featuring a varied line-up.

Paddy’s Day Unlocked is described as a “four hour alcohol free feast of creativity, food and dance” that will take place after the parade, curated by local musicians Owen and Moley O’Súilleabháin.

A family friendly event that is supported by City of Culture and DrinkAware.ie, Unlocked is being organised by Happenings, a group which runs pop up “socially responsible” events in parks and public spaces, making their first trip to the city.

The O’Súilleabháins have enlisted the musical talents of the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Sing Out With Strings children’s choir, Eve Vocal Group Bavad and their mother, singer Nóirín Ní Riain.

Circus group Fidget Feet will parade on stilts and African dancer RAS Mikey Courtney of the Irish World Academy will also perform, as will local DJs Leon and Emmet, in the Milk Market event, which also has the support of the Elemental festival and UL and will run from 3-7pm.

“Paddy’s Day Unlocked is a fun, family-friendly experience that will be open after the parade for those who wish to stay in the city centre but don’t necessarily want to spend the day drinking alcohol or in a pub,” said Happenings founder Peter O’Brien.

“It’s the first time its taking place and we’re delighted that the inaugural location is the Milk Market during Limerick City of Culture. It’s also the launch event for six City Of Culture pop-up Happenings events that will take place outdoors in the city throughout the summer months.”