Bahrain Irish Society plans to celebrate Gaelic culture on the island
Time Out Bahrain staff
March 2 – Arabian Celts Champions League Final – this is the end of the season for Bahrain’s internal Gaelic football league with men’s and women’s sides giving their all after a hard-fought season – keep any on local press to find out who’ll be going head to head on the day.
The games are followed by prize-giving and player of the year ceremonies which invariably turn into a bit of a knees-up, the ideal way to start the month. Kick off 4pm at Bahrain Rugby Club.
March 9: The greens will be turning green at the Royal Golf Club for the Irish Society’s annual golfing day. Look out for ranks of golf carts bearing green-clad players and make no mistake, it might look like fun but they take it very seriously…right up until the after party that is!
March 12: Movie Night at La Fontaine showing The Guard, starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle.
An Irish black comedy, the most successful independent Irish film of all time, the film sees an unorthodox Garda (Irish policeman), joining forces with a straight-laced FBI agent to take on an international drug smuggling gang in Ireland’s Connemara Gaeltacht (Irish speaking region). A web of bribery, blackmail and killings ensues.
March 15: St Patrick’s Day Ball Gulf Hotel – there’s not much more to say about this. It’s one of the biggest nights of the year, tickets are always much in demand and people really go to town on the Irish theme (toes and fingers folks, really?)
March 16: Kids St Patrick’s Day Parade at Bahrain Rugby Club from 4pm. Look out for lots of leprechauns and colleens and there’s bound to be a bit of River Dancing thrown in. Band Deja Boo, from Ireland, will be over to join in the fun.
March 16: Seven Leisure welcomes The Woodbines to JJ’s with Ragus and River Dance performers Joey Comerford and Lori Haul.
March 17: The Woodbines back at JJ’s blending traditional Irish music with pop, rock, Cajun and folk to create a blistering live show that’s made them one of the most popular acts on the Irish and international circuit. Support comes from the very busy Deja Boo.
March 28: To round the month off there’s the regular Trad Seisuin in Jim’s Restaurant, at which musicians, Irish and otherwise, get together to play traditional and modern Celtic music, sing along and generally just enjoy the craic. Running from 8pm-11pm.
As they say down at the Irish Society ‘Go raibh mile maith agat’.
Getting in on the act
It’s not just the Irish Society that’ll be wearing the green, others are joining in too.
March 17: Put on your leprechaun hat and enjoy green pints and other drinks, traditional Irish pub songs and silly green décor. Dress code green and silly. Shift 7, Elite Resort & Spa (33 889 821).
March 15-17: Special events all weekend long with a special St Patrick’s Day menu on the 17th and an unlimited drinks package available. Dublin Club, Ramee Palace Hotel (17 811 688).
St Patrick’s Day Rumble
We all know the Irish are great golfers, just look at Padraig Harrington and Rory McElroy, so it’s no surprise The Royal Golf Club is also putting on a special St Patrick’s Day four-person team event.
There’ll be Paddy-themed side contests such as Poc Fada hurling shot at the third hold, nearest the Irish flag at the fifth hole and inside the shamrock at the 16th hole.
There’ll also be a prize for the most appropriately dressed player…the imagination could really go to town on this, we’re seeing leprechauns running across the greens. There’ll be a two-tee start from 7.30am and registration is on www.theroyalgolfclub.com or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.