SEOUL — Forget “Be the Reds!” Seoul residents will get a chance to “Be Green!” with the weeklong 2003 Guinness Irish Festival beginning this weekend, organizers announced.
The events, organized by the Irish Association of Korea, begin Saturday and end March 17 and feature music, athletic contests, poetry, theater, a parade, a charity ball and a pub crawl.
The schedule of events is:
• Saturday: Gaelic Athletic Day — Gaelic Rules Football & Hurling at Dongguk University from 2 to 5 p.m. The free tournament, the first of its kind in South Korea, will feature the Asian Gaelic Football Champions. Both women’s and men’s teams will play.• Saturday: Irish Festival Charity Hoolie featuring traditional-style pub music with balladeers Fee and Andrea and rock and rollers Otto’s Jacket at O’Kim’s in the Westin Chosun Hotel from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are 50,000 won ($42.60) but 10,000 won ($8.50) will go to charity, including the Korean Special Olympics team.• Sunday: “A One-Act Drama by W.B. Yeats” begins at 6 p.m. at Murphy’s Irish Pub near Jonggak Station’s Exit No. 4. Features “Cathleen Ni Houlihan.”• Tuesday: Irish Beverage and Poetry Evening at the Seoul Club from 8 to 10 p.m.• Thursday and Friday, March 14: “Cathleen Ni Houlihan” to be performed at 10 p.m. at O’Kim’s.• Thursday: Irish Whiskey Tasting at the Seoul Hilton Hotel on March 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are 25,000 won ($21.30) for a light buffet and whiskey samples.• March 15: “Cathleen Ni Houlihan” performed at the Oak Room in the Hilton Hotel at 6:30 p.m.• March 15: St. Patrick’s Charity Ball begins at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel. The black-tie event features music and dancing; tickets are 130,000 won ($110.90). Proceeds go the charity.• March 16: O’Kim’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 1 p.m. in Itaewon. Organizers expect up to 5,000 people. There also will be a bar crawl in Itaewon and other Irish bars around town.
Parties also will be held March 17, Saint Patrick’s Day. For more details, organizers suggest checking http://www.seoulshamrock.co.kr/Index_eng.htm