Look forward to almost two weeks of events celebrating Ireland
Time Out Bahrain staff
The Bahrain Irish Society Golf Classic The Bahrain Irish Society Golf Classic tees off at 12.30pm and the format as usual will be a Texas Scramble. There are some great prizes on offer such as a Mini Cooper for a hole in one and some fun prizes for longest puck with a hurley on the 13th hole and nearest to the pin on the 17th.
The big prize of the day, of course, is the Bahrain Irish Society Golf Classic trophy.
The cost for the day is BD70 which includes the green fees for the 18 hole Championship course, a golf cart to ferry you around the course and a buffet dinner afterwards during the prize giving ceremony. If you’re interested in playing contact the Irish Society on firstname.lastname@example.org. Friday, March 7. Royal Golf Club Riffa Views.
St Patrick’s Day Ball The premier Irish event of the year and always a sellout with 700 people scrambling for tickets. The evening starts with a bubbles and black stuff reception in the foyer. The entertainment kicks off with the wonderful Victoria Dance who will perform a number of Irish dances. The Irish Ambassador, Dr Niall Holohan, will be present and will relay a St Patrick’s Day message on behalf of the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins.
During dinner guests will be treated to the melodic voices of The Tinkerbelles performing at their first St Patrick’s Day Ball. The Tinkerbelles were a huge hit at the Celtic Picnic and will perform the best of Irish song. After the charity raffle for the Feed a Family Campaign, the band flown in from Ireland especially for the event, Dejaboo, will take to the stage with Niamh Collins rolling out all the classics to keep the floor rocking. DJ Ralph will see the night into the wee small hours. Thursday, March 13. The Gulf Hotel.
Paddy’s Picnic This is a day when revellers can chill out after the ball, bring picnic lunches or enjoy a barbecue and a few beverages down at the Rugby Club for an afternoon of fun and festivities. The day starts at 2pm with music an at 4pm the Arabian Celts arrive to play the finals of their internal Champions League. First up are Blue Steel versus the Obi One Naomi’s in the Plate Final followed by the Champions League Cup Final with the Blacktie’s playing the Pink Panters. There’ll also be a kids’ exhibition match.
Afterwards there’ll be a big Seisuin with guitars and other instruments for a traditional sing song. Friday, March 14. Bahrain Rugby Football Club. Dublin Club An Irish-themed weekend at the appropriately-named bar in Juffair with special offers on Irish beverages all weekend long and a three-course Irish dinner with a drink available daily at BD10. Friday, March 14, is ‘The Launch’ with entertainment by Generation and DJ Angel and ladies’ night from 9pm. Saturday, March 15 is ‘The St Patrick’s Jam’ - the weekly Jam with an Irish influence. On Sunday, March 16, it’s ‘DJ Celtic Angel’s Request Night’ - ladies night with some extra special offers on beverages and Monday, March 17, is ‘The Big Day’ - entertainment by Generation and DJ Angel all night long. Dublin Club, Juffair (17 811 688).
Bono tribute Russ Ashford has toured the world fronting the most successfull U2 tribute band but now he’s bringing his remarkable reproduction of the greatest front man of his generation to a wider audience performing a range of songs from the early years to the present day.. Tickets BD14. Friday, March 14. Upstairs Downstairs (17 713 093).
The Woodbines The Celtic rockers are flying in from Ireland for their third visit to Bahrain to mark St Patrick’s Day at the island’s favourite Irish bar. Read more about them and what to expect in this month’s Hotseat at the front of the magazine. Monday, March 17. JJ’s (39 329 083).