St. Patrick's Day, Irish rugby, community golf and more themed events
Time Out Bahrain staff
March 1: The Bahrain Irish Society Golfing Day at the Royal Golf Club will see teams of four playing a Texas Scramble format with the coveted Bahrain Irish Society Golf Cup as the main prize and lots of other prizes on the day which include winning a Mini cooper car for a hole in one, golf vouchers for nearest to the pin and longest drive with a hurley (don’t ask). Always a great day out and the perfect way to start the month of March to kick off the celebrations around St Patrick’s Day.
March 14: St Patrick’s Day Ball at the Gulf hotel. The evening kicks off at 7.30pm with a drinks reception and some music from local Irish musicians here on the island. At 8.30pm guests will be treated to the best of Irish dancing with a Middle East twist from the Victoria Dance school of dancers. Entertainment on the night will be from Irish band The Woodbines, who’ve been flown in from Ireland specially for the occasion. There’ll also be a raffle with proceeds going to local Bahraini charities.
March 14-17: Fiddler’s Green Irish bar at the Diplomat will be staging it’s own celebration with every two pints of the black stuff you get a free pie made with, you guessed it, more of the black stuff!
March 15: Celebrations move on to Bahrain Rugby Football Club. There’ll be a special St Patrick’s Seisuin (the monthly get together at which musicians meet up to jam Irish tunes with some playing traditional instruments) from 4 pm featuring Paddy Behan and The Tinkermen and Friends.There’ll also be a mini Irish Idol for the kids with lots of prizes for the talent on show.
Out on the pitch there’ll be a fun Gaelic football competition with the Arabian Celts hosting the annual Railway Cup match – this is a competition made up of teams selected from the four provinces in Ireland – Leinster, Munster, Connacht and Ulster.
Not Irish but want to get in on the action? Don’t worry non-Irish players are selected based on any connections they may have with any of the four provinces. For example, if your granny came from Donegal than you would play for Ulster, if you’ve a parent from Cork you would play for Munster, if you owned a Westlife CD you would play for Connacht or if you ever drank a pint of the black stuff you would play for Leinster and so on.
The Teams will be mixed both male and female and the games start at 3pm.
March 16: It’s the final of the RBS Rugby Six Nations, here’s hoping we’ll be seeing the boys in green.
March 16: St Patrick’s Day special at the Royal Golf Club, 7.30am, two tee start, all welcome for a contest played in the fourball betterball format.
March 17: St Patrick’s Day will see the Woodbines back on stage, this time at JJ’s celebrating the big day in style with plenty of Irish flair.
March 27: Movie night at La Fontaine with a screening of The Snapper as part of the Barrytown trilogy by Irish writer Roddy Doyle. Over the next three months the Irish Society will show all three starting with The Snapper followed by The Van and finishing with the international hit The Commitments.
What do you get when you put together five of Ireland’s finest traditional and rock musicians? The answer is the sheer power, energy and live storm that is Celtic rock band, The Woodbines.
Formed in April 2007, the band is fast becoming one of the most sought-after acts on the Irish and European live music scene.
Blending traditional Irish music with pop, rock, Cajun and folk songs to create a blistering live show, The Woodbines are said to brew up a storm wherever they perform.
And, with influences sited as the likes of AC/DC, Madness and The Horslips, it could be an interesting weekend.
The band’s made up of: Joe Flynn: Acoustic guitar and vocals Jason Rabbitte: bass and vocals John Jackson: drums and vocals Ger Gallagher: fiddle, mandolin and electric guitar John Brady: Accordion, flute, whistles, bodhran and vocals.