They say the grass is greener on the Irish side, but we are feeling positively Gae-lic in the city. From harbourside marches to Irish comedy shows, and (of course) a Guinness-fuelled bar crawl, there is no shortage of St Patrick's Day celebrations to choose from. Come on Hong Kong, it's time to rock the green clobber ...
Football: Jim Stynes Trophy and St. Patrick's Cup
Watch the Hong Kong Gaelic Dragons come head to head with the Hong Kong Australian Dragons in the annual Jim Stynes Trophy match in honour of the late Irish-born Australian footballer, Jim Stynes. The Australian boys have fire in their bellies this year, following a run of unsuccessful matches against the Irish team. Will this be the year they claim the Jim Stynes Trophy? As the only title in Asian Football which has escaped the clutches of the Australians thus far, you will be on the edge of your seats as they battle it out in Happy Valley. The fun does not stop there either, with a ladies game featuring players from HKGFC and Shenzhen Celts GAA scheduled for the evening. With tonnes of fun and games for the kids, this St Paddy's match is the perfect way to keep the whole family entertained.
March 12, (2pm)
HKFC Main Pitch, Hong Kong Football Club, 3 Sports Road, Happy Valley
for more information
St Patrick's Society Annual Ball
A bonanza of Irish entertainment awaits, with traditional dancing and music from five-piece band DARGLE - and that is just the start of it! Tuck into a delicious gourmet four-course dinner, and enjoy free-flow wine and Guinness - well, it is St Patrick's Day after all!
Dig out your fanciest frocks and black-tie suits, and dance the night away in celebration of this wonderful country. All proceeds from the charity silent auction will go towards the Child Development Centre, so you know you are feasting for a good cause.
March 12, (7pm - 1am)
Grand Hyatt, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
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St Patrick's Day Parade
Don your greenest outfit, dig out a leprachaun-like beard, and join the St Patrick's Day Parade. Following on from the huge popularity of last year's event, the harbourside march is back for round two - promising to be bigger, better, and greener than ever. Enthusiastic marchers in patriotic attire will be congregating at RED Bar in the IFC from 12.30pm for an Irish tipple before heading to the Observation Wheel for the traditional lighting of the dragon and lion's eyes. Immerse yourself in the rich culture of the Emerald Isle, and march along the harbour to Tamar Park in the company of a whole range of Irish societies and groups - from school children and Gaelic football squads, to Irish dancers and traditional folk musicians. Everyone is welcome to join - Irish descent is not a necessity, nor is membership at the Irish Chamber.
March 13, (parade - 2pm; entertainment - 2pm-5pm)
Observation Wheel, Central; Tamar Park, Admiralty
for more information
St Patrick's Day Session
All that marching is making us hungry - so what better way to celebrate the big day than with an authentic Irish feast? Rúla Búla is putting on a delicious Gaelic spread, whilst Ciaran Murphy and his friends fill the air with traditional Irish folk music. Tuck into cheese burgers lathered with Ireland's favourite Ballymaloe relish, Tayto cheese and onion crisps, and Irish cheese and crackers. All washed down with a pint or two of Guinness of course. Well, at just $55, it would be rude not to ...
March 17, (1pm)
Rúla Búla, G/F, 58-62 D'Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central
Free entry, $55 Guinness and $50 Glendalough Whiskey
Check out the Facebook event page
All Irish Punchline Comedy Club Show
Laugh yourself senseless with three of Ireland's finest stand up comedians, as the hugely popular All Irish Punchline Comedy Club Show returns for another round. This annual celebration of Irish wit and humour has become something of a highlight in the city's comedy calendar, and with this line-up, it looks set to be the funniest year yet. Quick witted comic Andrew Stanley
is sure to have you in stitches. Audience participation is the order of the day, so be prepared for an interactive evening! Next to take to the stage is the king of hilarious anecdotes, John Lynn
. Deemed "the rising star of Irish comedy" by the Sunday Times, there is no doubt he has a knack for making people laugh. Last, but not least, it is RTÉ award winner Karl Spain
. Don't miss out on the pre-show Indian buffet, where you can treat yourself to a happy hour drink or two.
March 17, (8pm); March 18 - 19, (9pm)
Tamarind, 2/F Sun Hung Kai Centre, 30 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
$350 ($150 for the pre-show buffet)
to buy your tickets
Operation Leprechaun II
The big day may have passed, but the celebrations have definitely not ended. We hope you are feeling full of energy, because Operation Leprechaun is back, and on a mission to beat last year's total of $15,000 for charity. Get yourself down to Kinsale
in Kennedy Town, and join hundreds of spritely leprechauns as they take advantage of the first discount bundle of the day - delicious Irish stew and a pint of Guinness for just $100! Enjoy $50 Guinness and Whiskey at Solas
from 3pm, and round off the day with a selection of half-price drinks at Rúla Búla
, while live folk music fills the air. Leprechaun outfits will be on sale at all three participating bars for $200, with all proceeds going to LauraLynn
children's hospice in Dublin, and Hong Kong's Love 21 Foundation
. If that's not enough to persuade you to avoid the chaos of Pottinger Street, then an extra free drink should do the trick. See you there fellow leprechauns!
March 19, (Kinsale, 3pm; Solas, 6pm; Rúla Búla, 7.30pm - 9pm)
Kinsale, Shop 2, New Fortune House, Kennedy Town; Solas, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central; Rúla Búla, G/F, 58-62 D'Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central
$200 (includes a suit and a drink)
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