The Hibernian Society Presents

2014 St. Patrick's Day Celebrations:

- Poetry Night ... March 1

- Parade and Siamsa ... March 15

- Mass in Honor of St. Patrick ... Mar. 16 

- Sessions with visiting Irish musicians all week!

"Gift of the Gaels ... A Legacy of Legend and Myth"

Is the theme for this year’s observance of the annual festivities celebrating the Feast of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint.  Expect banshee, leprechaun, pookas and changelings to invade downtown Salt Lake City, together with great figures of Irish legend including Fionn MacCumhaill, The Fianna and Cuchulain. 

The Parade is March 15

at 10 a.m., and the route will be the same as last year, through the Gateway Center. All families, particularly those with Irish surnames, are asked to please submit an entry form. The Grand Marshal is John Welsh, Hibernian Society founder, the society's first president and one of the Four Fathers of Salt Lake City's modern St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Take TRAX to the Parade and Siamsa to avoid parking hassles.

 2007_St_Pats_parade_horse_webThe SIAMSA is right after the Parade

at the GATEWAY GRAND HALL. The name comes from the Irish language, meaning "celebration." Plan on attending this unique event, and join us for a 'warm one' or perhaps even a 'cool one.' Featuring Irish food, Irish beverages and three stages of uniquely Irish entertainment such as songfests, traditional music from local musicians and the best Irish dancing from Utah's award winning Irish dance schools. Doors for the Siamsa open at 10:45 a.m. Entertainment continues until 4 p.m.

Visiting musicians from IrelandJimOtheMillSingers_closeupweb

will join our celebrations all week.  Seven young traditional musicians will visit from the famous traditional music venue Jim O' The Mills located in Salt Lake City's sister city of Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland. They will perofm at the Siamsa as well as at a March 16 concert.  Local musicians will have the chance to play with the visiting musicians at music sessions to be held throughout the week following St. Patrick's Day.

Night with the Irish Poets is March 1

in downtown Salt Lake City at St. Mark's Cathedral, 231 East 100 South.  Doors for the evening of Irish poetry and song open at 6:30 pm with the program beginning at 7 pm.  This year's Poetry Night will feature the work of Nobel prize winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney (may God be good to him) who passed away in 2013, along with the work of some other Irish Nobel Laureates, with selections from Heaney, as well as Yeats, Samuel Beckett, and some lesser known Irish prize winners.  Some call it the highlight of Utah's St. Patrick's Day celebrations.  Be sure to bring a can of food for St. Mark's food pantry.  You can read more about this year's poetry night here.

The Mass in Honor of St. Patrick

will be on Mar. 16 at 5 pm at St. Joseph the Worker, 7405 Redwood Rd. A corned beef and cabbage dinner, and an evening of singing and music follows at the parish hall.  Traditional Irish music helps to make this mass a beautiful celebration.

Looking for a parade entry form?2010_parade_kidsmarching_web

Entry forms for participants in the 2014 St. Patrick's Day parade are available for download from the "Parade Entry" link at right. The page also includes information on the 2014 parade theme, fee schedule, and instructions for filling out and returning the entry form.