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Good Times & Good Cause at St Patrick's Day Party


Good Times & Good Cause at Biggest St Patrick's Day Party

Australasia's largest St Patrick's Day celebration promises to be even bigger and better than ever with festivities being held over two days to celebrate all that is good about being Irish.

The Muddy Farmer Irish Street Festival is taking place on St Patrick's Day weekend (March 17 & 18) both inside the Irish pub and outside its premises on Wyndham Street between Hobson and Nelson Streets.

St Patrick's Day is a source of pride for ex-pat Irish and people of Irish ancestry. Celebrations and festivals are held all over the world, many of which long outlast the day itself.

"In Ireland itself there is a traditional celebration called a fleadh which mixes good food, good beer and good music; with this our first weekend festival The Muddy Farmer is bringing this tradition to New Zealand," said Cadell Bus, Director of The Muddy Farmer Irish Pub.

On both Saturday and Sunday the celebrations will start at 9am with cooked Irish breakfasts which revelers need to pre-book. From mid-morning until late evening there will be non-stop entertainment including Auckland's favourite Irish musicians Roisin Nua.

As well as a love of a good Craic (good time), the Irish are well known for their passionate support of the underdog. Patrons who join the Sunday celebrations will be asked to lend their support to the global "Drop the Debt" campaign which is championed by world leaders and entertainers including U2's Bono.

A special U2 tribute band has been especially flown in to perform "Rattle and Hum - the Ultimate U2 experience.

Bono is a key supporter of the global campaign to reduce poverty in the poorest countries through the cancellation of unpayable third world debt. To focus New Zealander's attention on the "Drop the Debt" campaign, The Muddy Farmer will make a contribution to the New Zealand office and will be encouraging people to sign special postcards in support of the campaign.

The Muddy Farmer Irish Street Festival first began in 1999 and has grown from a one-day event which last year attracted 18,000 people to this year's two-day festival.

Organiser Cadell Buss is committed to developing cultural festivals such as these to add vibrancy to the Auckland social calendar. He is also the organiser of the very successful Playhouse Pub Oktoberfest which was held in Aotea Square last year.

ENDS

For more information contact Cadell Buss (09) 979 2470 or (021) 703 882 Shannon Huse (09) 979 2011 or (029) 289 8944

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