When Irish eyes are smiling and the ‘black stuff’ is flowing on St. Patrick’s Day there is no better place to be than Dublin. 17 March commemorates the day St. Patrick died. A Roman boy enslaved by the Irish, Patrick helped to bring Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century. Patrick was said to have used a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to a pagan King – which is still the symbol of Ireland today.
Everyone is a wee bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day and this colourful event attracts revellers from all over the world who come to join in the parade, which stretches over 2 miles. St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin is the type of event where lifelong memories are created.
St Patrick’s Day Parade
On 17 March, the St.Patrick’s Day Parade sets off at 10.30am and is full of green-clad party goers wearing crazy outfits and giant hats. Festive face paint, huge puppets and colourful floats feature in the parade. Once the main parade ends, the fun really starts. Live bands perform on outdoor stages and lively Irish music will get your feet tapping at the very least. Temple Bar is the place to be if you want to enjoy a St.Patrick’s pub crawl in the heart of the city.
Guinness is still the kings of beers in Ireland and is closely associated with any festivals, carnivals or celebrations which rock the streets of Dublin. Arthur Guinness began brewing the stout in 1759 and the Guinness Storehouse still occupies several city properties along the banks of the River Liffey.
A huge beer glass fills the central atrium and soars up to the Gravity Bar where you can enjoy stunning 360 degree views of Dublin.
A few pints of Guinness is simply not the same without some good local music. Known as ‘Trad’ traditional music involves lots of fiddles, flutes, banjos and pipes to keep the crowds entertained. The atmosphere in an Irish pub is one you won’t find elsewhere, so enjoy the craic!
Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The day is also celebrated in more countries than any other festival, including the USA, Argentina, Australia, the UK, Canada and New Zealand.
St. Patrick’s Saturday & Sunday
If you are planning to spend a few days in Dublin, Saturday 18 March is a day packed with activities. Enjoy the festival funfairs, walking in the footsteps of St. Patrick’s and open air cinemas.
On Sunday 19 March, the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival, the Festival 5k Road Race and the Festival Big Day Out are held in the city centre.
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