St Patrick’s Day Dublin
In Dublin the Irish celebrate their patron saint with a four day festival chock full of traditional and modern Irishness and many events are free. If you go out at night you will see the Greening of the City, when some of the most iconic and historic buildings in the city will be turned green in honour of St Patrick.
In fact, as you walk around the city you may hear the sounds of drums or pipes and stumble across one of the many street performers who are sharing their talents in celebration of St Patrick. Over at George’s Dock is the Irish Craft Beer festival. Free to get in before 7pm, and only 5€ after that, you can sample some of the best ales from the Emerald Isle.
Or join the search for Ireland’s funniest comic at the Laughter Lounge. You will be treated to 10 live stand-up shows and you, the audience, will decide the winner. For a feast of the best traditional Irish music and dancing book a ticket to the Live Ceili gala concert at the National Concert Hall. Or join in with the dancing at the festival Ceili on St Stephen’s Green.
For some fairground fun try the Funfair at Merrion Square. From the white-knuckle roller-coasters to the calmer Ferris wheel and the sight of thousands of twinkling lights in the night, you can’t go wrong.
The highlight, of course, will be the St Patrick’s Day parade which is a glorious riot of colour and sound. Starting off in Parnell Street north of the river, the parade loudly winds its way down O’Connell Street and over the bridge. The floats will continue along Dame Street and Lord Edward Street, passing the Christchurch Cathedral, then on to finish at St Patrick’s Cathedral.
Whatever you decide to do to celebrate St Patrick in Dublin we hope you have a good craic!
View the parade route below: