St Paddy’s Day is fast approaching and the only place to be is Emperors Palace for the Irish Festival that is luckier than a four-leafed shamrock. The Luck of the Irish Festival will be a feast of food, laughter, song and dance, to keep lads, ladies and leprechauns partying well into the night.

In keeping with the traditions of the Emerald Isle, authentic Irish entertainment has been lined up for the entire festival – with a South African twist in the form of everyone’s favourite cousin, Barry Hilton. Barry will be hosting the festival on Sunday the 16th of March, and his unique brand of cheeky comedy will keep crowds roaring with laughter. Another hilarious comedian and MC who will be getting everyone giggling is Tony D King, a veteran comedian who has performed across South Africa. Another lekker local personality, Jonathan of Radio Raps social media fame, will be hosting the day on Saturday the 15th.

No Irish Festival would be complete without music, and festival goers will be able to enjoy Irish Folk Music by the Danny Boys, all the way from Belfast in Ireland. The lead singer and guitarist is Bud Frazer and he will be joined on stage by Banjo George McCollough.


BLARNEY BROTHERS  picture from left, Tony Fisher, Damien McIlroy, Paul McIlroy

BLARNEY BROTHERS picture from left, Tony Fisher, Damien McIlroy, Paul McIlroy

They will play the old Irish favourites as well as some of their own recordings, and the music will range from toe-tapping tunes to dance to, to the nostalgic ballads of Ireland. Also expect catchy pub songs, popular ‘newies’ and the occasional Irish jig from South Africa’s much loved Durban-based Irish group, the Blarney Brothers. Celebrating 40 years on the SA music scene, the three band members are all Irish-born and have a dedicated fan following. They agree that they are up for a party and look forward to getting the crowds on their feet.

Other highlights at the Festival include the fabulous River Dancers, Irish Dancers with infectious dance moves; screenings of the Super Rugby games on the big screen on Saturday the 15th of March; and competitions for the best dressed – so entrants need to bring their biggest and brightest green gear to win some fabulous prizes. The three day Luck of the Irish Festival will be a whirl of Irish escapades and Celtic fun, and is definitely the place to be between the 14th and 16th of March 2014. Tickets are R100 (including a free beer) presale, or R100 on the day, and are available online, at, where there are discounts for Winner’s Circle members or block bookings of four people or more. The full entertainment schedule and more information about the Festival are also available on the website. The Festival’s Facebook page has plenty of info and some exciting giveaways as well, so get to for everything from great costume ideas, to what you can expect during the festival, to chances to win.  It’s time to celebrate in true Irish style, and St Paddy would be proud!