What's On For St. Patrick's Day
The wearing of the green is imminent, as the day for celebrating our Patron Saint approaches. Saint Patrick’s Feast Day on the 17th of March is marked annually with parades and shindigs all over Ireland - and the world! Get ready to party in a variety of ways this month!
SAINT PATRICK’S DAY PARADES
Parades are a big part of every Saint Patrick’s Day celebration. These days, many city parades are carnival like in their size and theme.
A variety of brightly coloured and highly decorated floats, marching bands and theatrical groups parade through Ireland’s city centres, to the delight of young and old. Check out our blog on Saint Patrick’s Day Parades Across the County to find where and what time the parades in Ireland’s main cities are starting on March 17th.
Small market towns and villages in rural Ireland also have their own parades. This is a big part of living in a tight knit community and celebrating the Saint’s Day together. Local activity and special interest groups and members from the GAA club and other sports associations all come together.
Participants from local national and secondary schools also gather to parade through their town or village and share their pride in being Irish on this special day. Call in to your local library or watch the newspaper for information on time and locations for rural parades.
Dublin’s Saint Patrick’s Day Festival stretches over four days in the capital. Fantastic events, from a historical session on Easter 1916 at the GPO, to a Saint Patrick’s Walking Tour, Greening the City, Open Air Cinema, Pop-up Gaelic, Irish Leprechaun Legend talk, Festival Ceili and traditional storytelling in various locations. The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will have a very special Grand Marshal in the form of Annalise Murphy, Rio 2016 Olympic Silver Medallist for her outstanding sailing achievements. Annalise will lead this famous parade in the capital, which kicks off at noon on March 17th.
Cork’s Saint Patrick’s Festival from 17-19th March includes the colourful parade on the 17th March, Pop-Up Saint Patrick’s Day food market in the city centre on Saturday and Sunday and the Saint Patrick’s Ball Run on Sunday 19th March – which promises to be fun! A load of colourful balls will be let loose to run down the legendary St. Patrick’s Hill, which heads into the city centre over Patrick’s Bridge. A great fundraiser for Cork Lions Club Defibrillator Project. Balls cost €2.00 each and you can buy online on the Cork Lions Club website. Tours of galleries and museums also available during the weekend.
GREEN IS THE COLOUR, PATRICK IS THE NAME!
Not only do we celebrate our Patron Saint here in Ireland, but the rest of the world tends to join in on this unique day in the calendar. The millions of Irish diaspora across the globe have brought their traditions with them and made the saint a hero for lots of nations.
Patrick is loved all over this planet! Read our blog here to find out which famous buildings and landmarks outside Ireland will be ‘going green’ for Patrick’s Day, as part of Tourism Ireland’s ‘Global Greening’ initiative for 2017. Don’t forget to grab your camera on the day if you are in any of the locations in the world where Patrick is being celebrated on March 17th. You can share your snaps with our Good Food Ireland community across social media by tagging your photos @GoodFoodIreland or #GFIPaddysDay and we'll share them!
In Cork City, celebrate in luxury at Hayfield Manor Hotel. A fabulous two night break is just within strolling distance from Cork city centre. Your stay includes the opportunity to take in the famous Saint Patrick’s Parade through the city centre on March 17th, before enjoying the hospitality of the local hostelries in the Rebel City. Click the link here for more details.
Specially for the Saint Patrick’s Festival in Dublin, enjoy our Culinary Cultural Saint Patrick’s Weekend Break. Three nights accommodation is at Brook’s Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Dublin City, a great location for taking in all the events of the weekend and the magnificent parade on March 17th. There will be fun and games at The Merry Ploughboy Pub also included in your itinerary. Find out more details and how to book here.