5 Things To Do At The St Patrick’s Festival
St. Patrick’s Day is when everyone in the world wants to be Irish. After all, we are a country bursting with creative energy, ideas and enthusiasm. These traits will be on display during this year’s St Patrick’s Festival, taking place in Dublin between March 14 – 18. Packed with terrific events, here is our pick of the highlights.
In the Footsteps of St Patrick with Pat Liddy
Enjoy very special walks in celebration of Ireland’s national patron saint, in the company of professional guides led by the renowned Dublin historian and Travel Ireland Magazine’s own Pat Liddy. Did you know that much of the pre-Viking development of Dublin owes its origins to the legacy of St. Patrick? Starting at the Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street, these captivating two-hour tours will take in ancient sites including those around the two great medieval cathedrals of Dublin: Christ Church and St. Patrick.
Dates: Mar 14 – 16 – 10.30am & 2.15pm; Mar 17 – 2:15pm only; Mar 18 – 10.30am & 2.15pm
Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair
There is no better way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day weekend than by sampling some of our country’s finest beers, listening to live music acts and tasting delicious local food offerings. Ireland’s largest craft brew gathering returns to Dublin’s Convention Centre, with more than 300 delicious samples available from both well-established and up-and-coming domestic breweries and distilleries.
Dates: Mar 14 – 15 – 5pm – 11pm; Mar 16 – 12 noon – 11pm
Céilí Mór is a free large-scale outdoor, bilingual, participative event which celebrates traditional Irish dance, language and music. Hosted by former Riverdancer and champion Irish step-dancer Dearbhla Lennon, with world-class accompaniment from the Matt Cunningham Band, learn the steps, enjoy the live performances and soak up the atmosphere. Taking place in Merrion Square, it is suitable for beginners and enthusiasts alike.
Date: Mar 16 – 1pm – 3pm
St Patrick’s Festival Parade
The St Patrick’s Day Festival Parade is a monumental occasion for Ireland and boasts an unforgettable atmosphere that cannot be missed. Starting at Parnell Square, see the procession’s magnificent creations as they travel through Dublin City’s streets as the capital turns green.
Date: Mar 17 – 12 noon
The Words That Bind Us Poetry Trail
An international artistic collaboration of St. Patrick’s Festival with the Scottish Government, the British Council and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, The Words That Bind Us is a project that brings together poets from Ireland and Scotland to collaborate with a new generation of young writers through a series of workshops and performances. On March 18, they close off the project with a curated spoken word poetry trail around Dublin. Beginning at The Gutter Bookshop in Cow Lane, the event will celebrate the breadth and diversity of the city’s living poets.
Date: Mar 18 – 1pm
Be sure to check out the St. Patrick’s Festival website for the full line-up of events and more details at www.stpatricksfestival.ie.