Top Five Places To Visit In Dublin On St Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Dublin are legendary just like the saint really. But there is more to this festival than a pint or two of Guinness or green lager. So put on something green, get yourself a shamrock and come with us on a slightly more cultural look at Ireland’s patron saint and visit five awesome places in Dublin on St Patrick’s Day:
St Patrick’s Cathedral
Enough said. However, this stunning neo gothic building has a long history and is well worth a visit at any time. The cathedral is said to have been built close to the site of the famous well where St Patrick was said to have baptised converts. Interesting things to have a look at include the final resting place of Jonathon Swift (an author), John de Sandford (an early Archbishop of Dublin) as well as around 500 other notable figures. Also worth seeing are the stained glass windows especially if it is sunny. Also have a look at the Door of Reconciliation which is said to be the origin of the phrase “to chance your arm”.
National Concert Hall
If you are a fan of traditional Irish music then the music of Stockton’s Wing is definitely a must. This Irish band is formed from some of the most talented Irish musicians in the country, four All-Ireland champions no less. They will be playing a special gig at the National Concert Hall this St Patrick’s Day and will be performing some of their eclectic back catalogue and greatest hits.
St. Stephen’s Green
Head to St Stephens’ Green on the 15th March for St Patrick’s Day Festival Ceili; a wild evening of Irish dancing. You don’t need to be an expert as there are callers who will guide you through the steps. If you have never been to a Ceili before be prepared to dance until you drop and the mix of partners is a prime opportunity to meet some new people.
If you like the Boat Race then you will love the Gannon Cup. This is the Irish equivalent of the race between Oxford and Cambridge every year on the Thames. A team from Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin head to the River Liffey, which splits Dublin in two, to battle it out for rowing supremacy. This race has been going since 1947 and has become one of the highlights of the St Patrick’s Day Festival weekend. This long history has seen only one dead heat and Trinity College have beaten Dublin University by 35 wins to 28.
You cannot spend St Patrick’s Day in Dublin without seeing the parade. It starts on Parnell Square at noon on Sunday the 17th and winds its colourful way through the historic streets and ends up outside St Patrick’s Cathedral.