EVERY year on March 17 the Irish at home and abroad celebrate their patron’s day as only the Irish can with Celtic dancing performances, live music, authentic Irish food and copious amounts of Guinness.
Two of the biggest bashes in Spain can be found in Benalmadena on the Costa del Sol and Benidorm on the Costa Blanca where you can find many Irish-themed pubs and entertainment.
The Benalmadena event is organised by the Irish Association of Spain, an expat foundation established in the late 1990’s to support Irish nationals who have emigrated to the area, as well as those who come here on holiday.
The St Patrick’s Day celebration kicks off with a mass at the Inmaculada Concepcion church beside the train station in Arroyo de la Miel in Benalmadena at 1.30pm. Revellers can then travel by train direct to Plaza de la Nogalera in Torremolinos for the festivities with entertainment from singers and dancers including the Shevlin Twins who hold four world titles.
Organisers say there will be bars serving ‘the best Guinness’ as well as lager for the ‘non