Monastery Goes Green for St Patrick's themed Charity Ball

The award winning Gorton Monastery in Manchester will be turned 'Green' for a special St Patrick's themed Charity ball on Saturday 12th March in aid of the Good Life Orphanage Charity. The Manchester based charity set up by Mary Maguire and her husband Kevin looks after orphans in Kenya, Africa. The Orphanage opened in 2008 and now care for over 50 orphaned children. The charity is quite unique in that every single penny raised goes directly to the orphanage (no administration travel or accommodation costs are taken by anyone involved in the charity, who all self fund their costs).

This Black Tie Event is one of the highlights of the 2016 Manchester Irish Festival and is a major fundraising event for the charity. The event includes a Champagne reception, plus a three course meal and entertainment by D.J and Compere Scott Welsby, aka 'Garth Brooks' and top traditional Irish music by Manchester Fiddle player extraordinaire - Richard Sanderson & the Commotion Band, plus a whole host of Irish entertainment to celebrate our Patron Saint.

It takes places in the newly refurbished Gorton Monastery which has one countless awards for its unique setting, the Monastery which was originally designed by Pugin and has had a multi-million pound renovation to turn it into one of the UK's premier events venue, it has been used by countless blue chip companies to host their dinners and many of you will remember the sold out Young, Gifted and Green show that was staged at the same venue.

When asked about why they were staging the event at the venue one of the organisers Catherine O'Gara replied "We wanted to stage a St Patrick's Dinner this year to celebrate Ireland's Centenary and to raise funds for 'GLO' its a fantastic charity which relies on events like this to keep it going. The Monastery has a unique atmosphere and the event promises to be a fantastic was to celebrate our patron Saint and the last hundred years, I just hope it won't be another hundred years before we do it again."

Tony Hennigan the press officer for the Manchester Irish Festival website added "I love Gorton Monastery we staged the sell out Young, Gifted & Green show there and the Irish community loved the connection to its history and the iconic building, it is rated as one of the top ten buildings in the world and once you step inside it, you can see why. Lots of major companies like the BBC have staged their events there the acoustics are fantastic and it makes a great backdrop for an event like this."

'The Monastery Goes Green For The GLO Event' will take place on Saturday 12th March 2016 at The Monastery Manchester, Gorton Lane, Manchester, M12 5WF.

It will be a Black Tie Event, Champagne reception, 3 course meal. Entertainment by D.J & Compere Scott Welsby, AKA 'Garth Brooks' and music by Richard Sanderson & Commotion, plus other guest artists and a few surprises too!

There will be a fundraising auction & raffle with some fantastic prizes.

Tables for 10 people @ £650.00 or £65.00 pp

All enquiries regarding Table bookings: Please contact:

For more information about the orphanage visit their website