As Rome's Irish community and friends of Ireland prepare to don clumps of Shamrock in celebration of St Patrick's Day, a number of Irish cultural events take place in the capital in the lead-up to 17 March.

Andy Irvine, pioneer of Irish bouzouki music and founder of folk music band Planxty, plays a solo concert at the Jailbreak club in Tiburtina on 8 March. The opening act is traditional Irish music group The Shire, from Rome.

Award-winning Irish author John Banville, fresh from co-writing the movie

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Address To reserve Celtic Ball tickets, costing €85, email irishclubofrome@gmail.com, tel. 3335729081, www.irishclubofrome.com.

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St Patrick’s Day in Rome

To reserve Celtic Ball tickets, costing €85, email irishclubofrome@gmail.com, tel. 3335729081, www.irishclubofrome.com.