So you’ve decided to experience this Paddy’s Day in Dublin. Good choice. You can rest assured knowing that Ireland’s capital will be absolutely thriving this March 17th. However, as the infamous day falls on a Tuesday this year, you best believe the celebrations are starting from the weekend on!
From Saturday until Monday, you can laugh, sing and dance your way through Dublin city’s history with a ballad tour by Seán Fitzgerald! This balladeer and storyteller will bring you on a 2-hour journey through song and rhyme while you learn the true meaning of the songs that tell of Irish events.
On Monday, Colm Mac Con Iomaire will be playing in Vicar Street. For those who don’t know, Colm is a unique, Irish fiddle player whose compositions have been incredibly successful, featuring in both film and theatre!
Day Time Entertainment
Merrion Square will be transformed into a festival village with culture, shows and fun events until Tuesday. There will be a Gaeltacht area, where you can listen and speak in Irish, circus and science shows, delicious food stalls, live music, street theatre and much more!
Also, this year will be the first to include a Port to City Treasure Hunt during the St Patrick’s Day Festival! A specially designed app will give you the clues to follow to discover Dublin’s stunning and historic port and have the chance to win prizes!
This St Patrick’s Day Festival, the Airfield Estate is hosting a variety of events to help you experience traditional Irish food. From an Irish Potato Farm to Fork Experience on Saturday to Natural Treasure Trails of Irish Culinary from Friday to Monday, it really has everything covered. However, our personal favourite is the Brown Bread Making Workshop on Sunday. Starting at 10.30 am, you will get hands-on experience on how to make the dough from scratch, create the shape and bake your brown bread as well as an Irish mammy. After your masterpiece is created, you can sit down and enjoy it with homemade jams and a cup of tea or coffee in the Airfield gardens.
Avoid the tourist traps all you want, however, it will be difficult to get a seat in any pub in Dublin during these few days. If you want to enjoy a nice Irish beer without the rowdiness, the Guinness Open Gate Brewery are hosting a ‘Brewer’s Banquet’. Taste a selection of experimental brews exclusively available to The Guinness Open Gate Taproom paired with the very best of Irish produce while listening to live music!
Finally, the day of the parade. Dublin’s St Patrick’s Parade is known to be an incredibly vibrant, uplifting spectacular. Think glitter, colourful floats, costumes, cheer and dance. It really is what every tourist dreams of when they imagine an Irish ‘Paddy’s Day’. It starts at noon in Parnell Square and makes its way towards the South Side of the city, ending at Kevin Street after a trip around St Patrick’s Cathedral. We’d recommend arriving at least 2 hours before the parade actually begins to get front row views. Bring a scarf, hat, gloves and an umbrella. St Patrick’s Day doesn’t have the best weather record here. However, don’t be too disheartened if there’s grey skies the morning of the parade. In fact, make sure to bring a pair of sunnies too! We regularly get to experience four seasons of weather in one day.
If you’re planning to dress for the occasion, you can pick up St. Patricks Day costumes, accessories and much more if you stop off at a Carrolls shop (or order online).