Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s a very unusual St. Paddy’s this year no parades, no pubs and a bit of self-isolation. I’ve cleaned the house twice over with Zaflora, have watched two St. Patrick’s Day films; The Quiet Man and Darby O’ Gill, have made a big pot of soup, the stews next and have even set up a little space so I can work at home (if needed). Then I thought what else can I do and here I am…

So I know my skills are very limited at this time, I don’t work on the frontline and I take my hat off to anyone who does (they deserve a big raise when all this is over) but my mission statement in life is to be able to bring joy and entertain people. While the hospitality and arts sector are suffering I thought the best thing I could do this is to curate a list of things to entertain at home and hopefully help in some very small way. If you find this list even a little useful I hope you could pay it forward by buying a gift voucher or donating to a restaurant,bar, theatre, cinema etc.

We may not be able to go to the theatre or go to a big gig but that’s not stopping these guys, the show must go on:

• Tonight at 11pm the Dropkick Murphy’s are Live streaming their famous St.Patricks Day LIVE from Boston. You will be able to watch it on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook. Just follow their channels, give the, a like here.
• The amazing pop-punk singer Yungblud live streamed an hour long show from LA last night you can watch it here.
Christine and the Queens has been staging nightly shows from the Fernet recording studio in Paris on her Instagram channel. Follow and watch here.
Gavin James is live streaming a gig from this Thursday 19 March at 8pm! Find out more here.
John Legend is live streaming tonight from his Instagram page. Follow here.
• Chris Martin and Keith Urban have all already done Instagram live streams so keep an eye on their platforms for a repeat performance 👍

**Just announced Gary Lightbody will be going live on the Snowpatrol instagram account Thursday 19 March at 7pm.

**Hoizer will broadcast 20th March at 7pm

**Also keep an eye out for Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lin Manuel’s riff-off posts!

I’ll update this list when I get more information on live streams. If none of those tickle your fancy here’s are a few other TV, Film and arts picks which may come in useful:

• The show must go on, Theatre land may have been advised to close but as these guys where already dressed and on stage here’s a treat; The Showstoppers broadcast live on Facebook from the Lyric yesterday, give the guys a like and watch here. You can also watch The Wind in the Willows Live from the West End here.
• Local theatre company Big Telly are working on bringing their Worst Café in the World Tour to a channel near you, watch this space and I’ll update you when it’s live.

• Fancy a box set? I have just finished CHEER in Netflix its full of heart and attitude perfect escapism and motivation to get your butt on the mat! Talking about mats I’ve seen a few yoga and Pilate studios are setting up live streams so if you feel like getting your stretch on give them a follow!
• Staying on Netflix how about a laugh? If you haven’t watched the Derry Girls yet where have been perfect NI nostalgia to make you smile or how about one of my favourite shows to discover last year, Schitts Creek! All four seasons are available on Netflix now and the final season is due to be launched in May.
• Have you watched Love is Blind? You will cringe, you will scream you may even cry but give it a watch, you have time to kill after all.
• Need a good film how about the origin story of one of the X-men? Wolverine is on Film 4 on Wednesday 18 March at 9pm.
• How about something to keep the kids quiet for an hour or two. The original 1982 Hunchback of Notre Dame film by Michael Turner is on Sony Classic on Thursday 19 March at 6.55pm.
• The theatre tour of The Wedding Singer maybe cancelled but the 1998 version with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore is on 5 star Thursday 19 March at 8pm.
• And finally as I feel we need a superhero or two at this point. Marvel Avengers Assemble will hit our screens on Friday 20 March BBC 10.35pm.
• Want to switch of the screen and get crafting then follow these two pages are perfect! Grainne from Inspired by Astrid has been posting some fabulous colouring in here.The very creative Nicky Harley has launched The Virtual Gallery with a daily theme. Follow here.

If you think this is useful and you have any projects/streams you would like to add to this list please get in touch. Otherwise please look after each other.

Emer D xx