Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in DublinMarch 16, 2015 5:01 pm
St Patrick’s Day is undoubtedly the biggest and best event of the year. Every year tries to out-do the last, and every year it succeeds, blowing all out of the water each time! If you’re lucky enough to be in Dublin for the celebrations, which started at the weekend and come to a climax today, Tuesday 17th then you’ll leave with some great memories, that’s for sure!
Here’s a list of what’s on, and some things to do around the city to celebrate Ireland’s patron saint. Just make sure you’ve packed something green to wear and you’ll fit right in…
Join in the fun at Dublin’s St Patrick’s parade which will take to the streets from 12pm, kicking off at Parnell Square and winding its way through Dublin City Centre for the rest of the afternoon. It’ll be a lively and vibrant wash of colours, sounds and celebrations – so make sure you take your camera and an extra reserve of energy. If you need a break (or another pint of Guinness) you can catch the parade at various points – click here to see a route of the parade.
At Merrion Square and Custom House Quay there’s a great funfair which will entertain both you and the kids. Think Ferris wheels, dodgems and all manner of fun – complete with popcorn and candy floss! They are both open from 11am and run until 9pm and 8pm respectively, so you can even head down after the parade.
Beer & Whiskey
When you think of St Patrick’s Day you think of booze – it’s inevitable. And while it’s no secret that the Irish can drink, visitors always think it’s a good idea to join in too. The Beer & Whiskey Festival is back another year celebrating everything beer, cider, whiskey, food and entertainment related. Set amongst the stalls of the RDS Dublin, a spectacular events hall, you can drink til your heart’s content from 12.30pm – 12.30am. A real 12 hour shift to celebrate St Paddy’s Day!
This year the Guinness Storehouse is running its own festival and it’s guaranteed to be a great one. With the best dark stuff on tap, a visit to the Guinness Storehouse is a must on any visitor to Dublin’s agenda – and you can’t beat combining it with St Patrick’s Day! Here you can sample some true Irish cuisine, see an exclusive exhibition of photographs called ‘Guinness in the City’ and if your name is Patrick, or any variant of, you’ll even get free entry to this fun festival! Make sure you bring your ID to prove it if that’s the case…
St Patrick Walking Tour
Start your day off with a historic walking tour, departing at 11am, and see the iconic churches St Patrick’s Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral on this two hour tour. Lead by a historian, you’ll discover more of these fascinating historic buildings and learn about the significance of Ireland’s patron saint through the ages – going back as far as the pre-Viking years!
Dublin goes green!
Make sure you hang around til after dark, when you’ll see the city lit up in green to pay homage to the iconic, national colour of St Patrick. Some of the buildings participating are Christ Church Cathedral, Trinity College Dublin, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Castle, National Museums of Ireland and many more… Keep your eyes peeled when the sun goes down and Dublin’s bathed in a green glow…
For more information visit: http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/