Shane Geraghty was so keen to get this year’s London Irish St Patrick’s Party off with a bang, he’s arranged for his wedding band to entertain fans with a post-match performance.
The annual St Patrick’s Party is a favourite among Exiles fans with this year’s celebrations due to take place a week on Saturday when the Madejski Stadium plays host to Newcastle Falcons in Aviva Premiership Rugby.
Falcons are yet to experience the annual event and Irish will be hoping to give them a fierce introduction to the occasion with a bumper crowd at the Madejski.
More than 20,000 fans will have the opportunity to listen to live music, which begins at 11am in The Village, and take part in various competitions hosted by the club’s resident DJ – DJ Minty.
And on Geraghty’s request, BibleCode Sundays – who have also appeared at Glastonbury Festival and Celtic Park in recent years – will kick-off the post-match celebrations.
The band sprung into Geraghty’s mind when preparations for the party first began and the Exiles fly-half admitted he couldn’t resist asking them to come along to take part in what is shaping up to be a memorable occasion.
“It’s just such a brilliant day for the team and the supporters,” said the 28-year-old. “It’s just such an amazing feeling to run out in front of a crowd like that.
“I’ve played in this fixture quite a few times now and there’s nothing like it – there’s just a special feel to the place and everyone’s ready to celebrate. Hopefully the result will go our way and then we can really enjoy ourselves.
“There’s a lot of stuff going on in the car park and when I heard that a couple of bands would be playing I immediately thought of the band that played at my wedding.
“I suggested that they’d be great to have down here so we got it organised and now my wife’s very happy because she loves them.
“My dad loves them as well, he’s Irish and he always enjoys these London Irish St Patrick’s Day celebrations so he’ll be especially pleased.”
The London Irish St Patrick's Party takes place on Saturday 28th March at Madejski Stadium. The day starts at 11am with fun for all the family, followed by London Irish vs. Newcastle Falcons in the Aviva Premiership. For tickets call 0118 968 1016 or visit www.London-irish.com