After Christmas and Easter, St Patrick's Day is one of our favourite holidays around the office. We’ve compiled a small guide from what’s on to transport to get you through the Bank Holiday weekend. Any other ideas? Let us know on our Facebook or Twitter page.
The first St Patrick's Day parade in Ireland was held in Waterford in 1903. The week had been declared Irish Language Week by the Gaelic League and in Waterford, they opted to have a procession on Sunday 15 March. The first official, state-sponsored St Patrick's Day parade in Dublin took place in 1931 and the first St Patricks festival happened in 1996 and has grown to now where almost 1 million people come to Ireland to celebrate.
St Patricks Day is now celebrated all over the world from Korea to Waterford so wherever you are in the world there’s bound to be a parade somewhere!
Dublin’s St Patricks Parade starts in Parnell Square on the Northside, heading all through the city centre before rounding off southside at Kevin Street. To view the parade map, you can check it out HERE.
According to the official website, the best place to see the parade is in one of the Grandstands, where you can rub shoulders with the President and other celebrities like Mark Hamil who attended the parade last year. Tickets can be purchased on their website. If that is pushing the boat out a little then you can stand most places along the parade route, just get in early to get a good spot and wrap up warm as it’s expected to be chilly.
The theme of this year’s parade is Storytelling which will reflect in all the floats and bands taking part and a full list of acts is available. The Parade Grand Marshall’s this year are comedians Deirdre O’Kane and Jason Byrne.
Dublin City centre will have many closures on the day and traffic will be heavy, so people are advised to plan their journeys accordingly and give plenty of time for disruptions. For traffic updates on the day keep an eye on the AA Roadwatch page. Trains, Trams and buses will still be running on the day but might have diversions in place.
For a full list of road closures please visit the St Patricks Day website.
There are lots around the city for the festival but here are our top picks.
Greening the City – Buildings across the city will be lighting up green which is a perfect chance to take a stroll around Dublin after dark and get some good insta photos! Venues include Arnotts, Four Courts, Guinness Storehouse and The National Concert Hall.
The Guinness Supper Club – Returning the Storehouse for another year, this is an excellent chance to take in some great Irish food with a view to match. Live music and a few sneaky samples are also on offer. Tickets are on €79.95 and are still on sale.
Festival Village - Merrion Square will be transformed into a bustling Festival Village not to be missed with fun adventures featuring a Gaeltacht area, Céilí Mór, circus and science shows, children’s readings and lots more. The best part? It’s completely free!
Just one thing – It’s Paddy, not Patty.
Enjoy the festival!