If you’re Irish…

The annual St Patrick’s Gala Dinner will be held this year on March 13th, in the Golf Costa Adeje. The host for the evening is the Honorary Irish Consul to Tenerife, Álvaro de la Bárcena Argany Álvaro de la Bárcena Argany, and members of the Adeje Town Hall will also present. And of course you don’t have to be born Irish to take part – isn’t everyone a little bit Irish in the days leading up to March 17th, St Patrick’s day!

As in previous years, the evening includes a glass of Cava on arrival, a sumptuous three course meal and coffee and cake (always with a special Irish touch), not to mention excellent wines throughout the meal, all for €40. Last year the organisers also held a raffle with money raised going to the local centre for individuals with special needs, the Asociación San Juan. This year the raffle will be bigger and better, with one of the top prizes on offer, courtesy of the Fundacion CLC World, being a voucher for 7 nights’ accommodation in one of their resorts in Tenerife, Malaga or Turkey.
And of course the evening wouldn’t’ be complete without some live music and dancing, with Irish musicians travelling from home as well as some based here playing tunes to keep you on your toes. The group travelling from Ireland will also be giving a few private concerts around the island, including in the San Juan centre, during the week leading up to March 17th.

If you would like tickets to this terrific event please contact Noelle Corridan, 633 39 98 27 (afternoons) or Denise Quigley in the Honorary Consulate of Ireland, 922 245 671 between 10am and 1pm, Mon-Fri. This is a seated event so tickets are limited, so book soon to avoid disappointment.

Adeje goes green for St Patrick’s weekend


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As March 17th, St Patrick’s Day, approaches, Adeje is preparing to join in the celebrations as it has done in recent years. The Irish consul and the Adeje council are organising a number of events to mark this special day for the wider Irish community.

This Saturday, March 10th, there will be gala dinner in Golf Costa Adeje, and this year a portion of the ticket money will be going to the Adeje based Asociación San Juan. A visiting group of traditional Irish musicians will also be performing in the San Juan centre during the week. Anyone interested in attending the dinner should contact the Irish consulate
(C/Villalba Hervás 9, Office 2 38002 Santa Cruz de Tenerife 922.245.671).

This year, once again, the award-winning Plaza de España in Adeje will also be part of the global ‘greening’, a movement that has seen public buildings and spaces around the world turn green in celebration of this most international of national celebrations. The plaza will be lit up from 7.30pm on Friday March 16th until Sunday March 18th.

The official mass is on March 17th, St Patrick’s Day at 12 noon in the Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Church (calle Siete Islas, Las Américas, Arona) and will be in English.

The Adeje councillor for social harmony Zebenzui Chinea Linares, “Adeje is a multicultural borough, with people from over 120 countries living side by side, and we celebrate a host of different cultural events, such as Holi, the Hindu celebration of colours, the Chinese New Year, traditional Tibetan, Muslim, Orthodox and of course Canarian events. We really do believe that respect, cultural interchange and social harmony are the keys to eradicate potential tension and emphasise the things that unite us”.


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Adeje goes green for St Patrick’s Day



The Adeje council is delighted to support the Irish Consul in a range of events taking place in the borough this week to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on March 17th.

Celebrations begin on the evening of March 16th when the Plaza de España in Adeje town will, for the third consecutive year, join the Global Greening – the wave of international buildings and iconic landmarks that are lit up in green to celebrate this most international of national festivals.  The Adeje plaza joins with the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the London Eye, the Great Wall of China, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, the One World Trade Centre in New York, Niagara Falls, the Chain Bridge in Budapest and Matsue Castle in Japan.

On Thursday there will also be a Gala dinner in Costa Adeje Golf, hosted by the Honorary Irish Consul, Álvaro de la Bárcena Argany.  (Some tickets still available through the Consulate, 922 245671, 9am – 1pm).

At 7pm on Friday March 17th, St Patrick’s Day, mass in honour of St Patrick will be celebrated in the Santa Úrsula Church in Adeje’s Calle Grande.




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Adeje’s Plaza de España goes green


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For the second year in a row the Adeje Plaza de España has joined the international Global Greening, the Green Wave which has grown in popularity over the years with over 120 international, national and regional monuments worldwide joining the wave in celebration of St Patrick’s day.

The Adeje Plaza de España will be lit up in green from the evening of March 16th until the morning of the 18th, and this year the council is also co-hosting a number of events with the Honorary Irish Consul on March 17th.

At 6pm members of Adeje council will hand over the statue of St Patrick to members of the local Irish community and then, led by a young Irish/Canarian girl from Adeje, walk to the Santa Úrsula Adeje Parish church for a mass in English and Spanish. At 7.30pm there will be a gala buffet in the CDTCA, the Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre.

In Spain the other participants in the Green Wave will be the Cibeles fountain, the Puerta de Alcalá and the Palacio de Comunicaciones in Madrid and the Torre de Hércules in A Coruña among others. Globally the Colosseum in Rome, the Sacre Coeur in Paris, Niagara Falls, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Disneyland Paris, the London Eye and the Empire State Building as well as the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro are part of this global greening.

Irish eyes smile a lot!

Irish dancers

Irish dancers

On today’s programme, English Time, I spoke to Ward Woods. Ward is the Honorary Irish Consul in Tenerife and we were talking, not too surprisingly, about being Irish abroad, and St Patrick’s Day.

Ward mentioned in passing that there are about 100 million people who claim some link to the home country, half of those living in the United States of America. That’s a lot of Irish, especially when you remember that the actualy poplulation of Ireland is about four million at the moment. And there are quite a few thousand Irish living here in Tenerife. The other thing we were discussing is why this particular festival, celebrated on March 17th, is so widely celebrated, with parades in countries as far away as Australia, China, Canada, in cities such as New York and Boston as well as, of course, Dublin. Ward suggested that one of the plusses in Ireland’s favour is that we have never been a coloniser, so in a sense we have few historical enemies, and we like to think we have a nice, cheerful and friendly nature too.

So on March 17th lots of people like to become Irish for a day, and they are welcomed into the wider Irish family. Are you planning any special St Patrick’s Day celebrations? Let us know – post a comment here on this blog and I will also give the events a mention on Thurdsay’s English Time on Radio Sur Adeje from 1 to 1.30pm.