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The Irish Post kicks off St Patrick’s Day festivities in Birmingham, Glasgow and London

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Saint Patrick, aka Len Cole, with host Birmingham breakfast Maria Cleary-Naughton and Caroline Savage from the Irish Embassy Pictures: Malcolm McNally

THE IRISH POST kick-started St Patrick’s Day festivities this week hosting a roadshow of special events across Britain.

Sponsored by Gaughan Building Services, Irish people in London, Glasgow and Birmingham gathered to mark the start of the St Pat’s season.

First up was Breakfast in the City, where 100 special guests were flying high at London’s iconic Walkie Talkie building.

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Robert Kenny from Lloyds Bank and Charles O’Brien from Finsbury

The morning provided an opportunity to both network and take in the spectacular views over the English capital.

Guest speaker was Irish economist David McWilliams, who gave his views on the upcoming Brexit referendum.

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Irish economist David McWilliams, guest speaker at Breakfast in the City

Now in its third, The Irish Post Glasgow St Patrick’s Breakfast took place in City Chambers, hosted by the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Cllr Sadie Docherty.

Guests included those from organisations such as the Irish Heritage Foundation, Comhaltas, Tourism Ireland and Conradh na Gaeilge.

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Lord Provost of Glasgow, Cllr Sadie Docherty

The fun continued in Birmingham where 160 people gathered at the McDonald Burlington Hotel for the annual Midlands Irish Post Breakfast.

Hosted by former Rose Maria Cleary-Naughton, stepping in for regular MC and BBC broadcaster Bob Brolly who was filming abroad, guests enjoyed a full Irish and a performance of Irish dancing from the McCarron School of Irish Dance.

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Birmingham’s Lord Mayor with Irish dancers Cayleigh Brueton, 5 and Euan Hadley, age 6.

The morning event was attended by the city’s Lord Mayor of Birmingham – Councillor Raymond Hassall as well as representatives from groups and charities including Sifa Fireside, Birmingham Irish and Warwickshire GAA.

Music was provided by traditional musicians John and Carmel Burke.

The Irish Post St Patrick’s Day Breakfasts 2016 are proudly sponsored by Gaughan Building Services 

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