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Robert Burns Night 2021 goes virtual



Robert Burns Night 2021 – organisers Noel Flannery and Michael Potter pictured above

Robert Burns Night 2021 goes virtual

By I Love Limerick correspondent Mary Caroline McCarthy

Robert Burns Night 2021 will be going virtual this year on Monday, January 25 due to the continuing pandemic.


Limerick’s Scottish residents have marked Robert Burns Night in celebration of the life and work of Scottish wordsmith Robert Burns for seventeen years now, with the first fifteen years being held in Bobby Byrne’s Bar, before a January 2020 switch to Dolans due to crowds getting bigger each year.

The organisers of the Robert Burns Night 2021 event are Michael Paul Potter and Noel Flannery, with Noel Flannery being a teacher and huge fan of Robert Burns’s poetry.

RTÉ Television has attended the Limerick event twice, the event traditionally serves Haggis from Pat O’Doherty’s Butchers in Enniskillen.

Robert Burns Night always guarantees a ‘night of tipsy dance and jollity’. Anyone who wishes to contribute to and perform a piece of literature is more than welcome to do so.

The night will consist of an address from The Mayor, songs from singers such as Phila Grace, and Shane Byrnes, a beautiful Scottish Medley on the fiddle by Mary Donoghue, and many more poems and interesting history about Burns.

Robert Burns Night celebrations have been held since 1801, five years after the death of the ‘Scottish Bard’. Burns Night continues to be celebrated across the globe and is a date not to be missed in Limerick.

The celebrations initially took place on January 29, this date was revised to January 25 after it was discovered this was in fact, the date of Burns’ birth.

The event begins at 8 pm and will finish at 9 pm. Any donations would be most welcome from the event organisers. The event itself is free so all donations and sponsors will be in support of the event. As this year’s event is online, any donations will be used to offset costs associated with hosting and running the event.

The event will be available free to view from their website HERE and from their YouTube Channel.

Speaking on the virtual event the organisers have said, “Completing the Scottish feel of the night, the organisers usually have Walker’s and Patterson’s Scottish shortbreads, Tunnock’s teacakes, Scots Clan sweets, and Scottish Whiskey as spot prizes. For 2021, considering current restrictions, the team behind this annual event is determined to keep the (virtual) haggis and tartan flowing, so join us online for Monday, January 25.”


To donate to the event or become a sponsor, go HERE

For more stories on Robert Burns Night, go HERE

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.