Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Calling All Patricks, Paddys, Pats, Patricias....

Just over a month ago, Guinness Storehouse celebrated their 1 millionth visitor. An awespicious milestone for sure. So in a year already marked with this tremendous event what could the Storehouse do that would be even bigger? Well, today the announcement was made for what just might be that event!

Today, Wednesday 24th February, Guinness Storehouse announced the first details for its St. Patrick’s Day Festival celebrations, and they look huge! Not only will the Storehouse play host to live music, food and free entry for all St. Patrick's Day visitors, but for one very special day, St. Patrick’s Day, the Storehouse will be giving everyone named Patrick, or any variant of the name Patrick, with a special complimentary “VIP Pass” (Very Important Patrick Pass) into the St. Patrick’s Day Festival at the Storehouse. The special Pass will allow this select group access to all the festivities.

The initiative has been planned as a celebration of the Storehouse's 10 years since it first opened its doors to the public. So once you've the right name and a picture ID (official photo ID, e.g. passport, driver’s license or National Identity Card), you'll be in for free.

For everyone who is attending the festivities, Paddy's or not, there will be some seriously cool performers out on the day, set to thrill and entertain. You'll be greeted by fire jugglers and street performers, creating a visually sensational backdrop to the stunning seven storey Storehouse building. Inside, “Rattle and Hum” will take centre stage and perform all your favourite U2 tunes. Alongside the guys, you'll also be treated to Irish born guitarist Jimmy Smyth, and Irish groups Sliotar and The Gravel Walk. Finally DJs Peter Cosgrove and Peter McKenna will be keeping the Gravity Bar filled with funky lounge tunes, set to the stunning panoramic views of the city.

For those more interested in the mystery of a pint of Guinness, visitors will be invited to learn how to pour the perfect pint of like a true connoisseur and have the chance to take home a hand drawn caricature of themselves enjoying their perfect pint! This is really just the tip of the iceberg though, get over to the Guinness Storehouse site for the full details on everything that is happening on that most important of Irish holidays :)

A few interesting Guinness Storehouse facts:

  • Guinness Storehouse building was erected between 1902 and 1904 for use in the fermentation process
  • The building is 125 feet high, 170 feet long and 151 feet wide.
  • It would take 14.3 million pints of Guinness to fill the giant glass atrium in centre of the Guinness Storehouse building
  • Gravity Bar is the highest bar in Dublin located 46 metres off the ground

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