Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians also attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption
It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world, especially in Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival.
- 16th of March, Festival Céilí, You are the guest of honour at the Festival Céilí! Enjoy céilí classics and be lead through the dances demonstrated by sean-nós and step-dancing stars. Join us for a céilí to remember!
- 17th, St. Patrick’s Festival Parade, starting at Parnell Square at 12 pm
- 18th, Festival treasure hunt, plus 2 live concerts
- 19th, Festival Big Day Out, Merrion Square will be transformed for this exciting day-long carnival, bursting with energy, colour and whimsical antics. Be wowed by sensational theatrics, mind-boggling workshops, fantastical magic shows and rousing music.With an incredible array of family activities, there really is no other way to spend your Sunday