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Irish in Uganda toast to St. Patrick

Ambassador William Carlos (L) attempts to dance.

Last Friday evening was a happy day for the Irish living in Uganda because they got to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, an event that was cancelled in Ireland and other major towns around the world due to the corona virus outbreak.

The celebrations took place at Otter’s Bar, which is owned by an Irish national, so the revellers felt at home.

Everything that happened during the evening — from dances, music to raffle draws — were all done the Irish way.

Revellers at the bar were in high spirits at the green-themed event as they were treated to a night filled with lots of fun and exciting activities such as Irish music by Bachram, an Irish Band, Irish foods, Irish dances and of course their biggest export, Guinness, which was going at a discount.

The Ireland ambassador to Uganda, William Carlos, who was among the partiers, was seen abandoning his seat and joining the dance floor as he took part in some Irish dance moves known as Lord of the dance.

“Uganda is probably among the very few countries around the world that are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. It is special to us and we are grateful to have been able to celebrate it with friends and family,” the ambassador said.

The highlight of the night, however, was when Irish dancers, Ronan Kelly, a five-time Irish dancing world champion and Gemma Holmes took over the stage to show off their famous Irish moves that attracted thunderous cheers and applause from the already merry crowd. They even invited revellers to join the dance floor as they took them through the moves.

Traditionally celebrated on March 17, Saint Patrick’s Day is a celebration that runs for more than five days every year.

According to the former President of the Irish Society in Uganda, Adam Sweetman, this year’s proceeds collected from the festivities will go to chosen charities, with Hoima Justice and Peace Commission; African Soup and Hospice Africa Uganda being key beneficiaries.

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