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Things to Do on St Patrick's Day

By Visit Dublin

10th February 2019

St Patrick eliminated snakes from Ireland but he didn't banish the sense of Irish fun! Kit yourself out in green and go nuts in Dublin in honour of St Patrick’s Day. Every year the entire city is transformed into one huge party zone with a days-long festival that will ignite your sense of Irish pride – even if you are not Irish at all! Your problem will be packing everything in. Here are some tips to help you get your party started!

People on parade

Don the green jersey on March 17 and join the good-humoured crowds lining the streets for the famous St Patrick’s Day Parade, a show-stopping pageant the likes of which you’ve never seen before. Think Rio, only cooler, with giant, colourful puppets, fantastic street entertainers and marching bands.

Get crafty with beer

Yes, yes, Ireland is famous for Guinness, and the Guinness Storehouse is indeed the top visited attraction, but not only that! To top it all off they also throw their very own party around St Patrick’s Day. Feel the beat with toe-tapping live music, marching bands, dancers, stilt walkers and face painters!  And if you know a Patrick, Patricia or Patryk then get them along for free! Combine this with unrivalled views across the city from the Gravity Bar... what more could you ask for!?

Score at Croke Park

Don’t leave Dublin without a visit to Croke Park, the hallowed ground for Irish Gaelic games. Get your adrenaline pumping on a Skyline Tour which will see you walking on the roof of Croker –17 storeys high! Come down to earth afterwards with a visit to the GAA Museum.

Walk in the footsteps of St Patrick

During the festival, you can discover the fascinating truth behind the legend of Saint Patrick with a special walking tour led by renowned Dublin author and historian, Pat Liddy. This guided walk will take you to places that most tourists – and many Dubliners – miss! There is no shortage of other themed walks to enjoy in Dublin, whether it's culture, art, architecture, gardens, ghosts, pub trails or science safaris.

Get rooted in Dublin

If you feel a particular affinity for Ireland, it is probably because you are! Dig deep into those Irish roots and research your family tree while in Dublin. The National Archives of Ireland on Bishop Street has a rich store of invaluable records and also provides a free genealogy service to help you trace your ancestors. The National Library of Ireland also has a genealogy advisor, while the Glasnevin Museum at Glasnevin cemetery is a must-see for those delving into their ancestral past.

Have a green pint

Have a pint and toast Ireland's patron saint whilst you are in Dublin! The capital has more than 1,000 pubs to choose from so you won’t go thirsty. Choose from some of the city’s oldest heritage pubs, all oozing with character, including the Stag’s Head, The Palace Bar, Mulligans, or Ryans of Parkgate Street. If you fancy sipping a pint while listening to great music try Whelan’s or O’Donoghues. Or for an alternative pub experience check find a great craft beer pub. Sláinte!

Shop for shamrocks

If you're a tourist in Dublin, you have to deck yourself out in the most glaring St Patrick’s paraphernalia you can find! Think giant green hats, gross curly wigs and massive shamrocks. Carroll’s Gifts & Souvenirs is a great spot to stock up. You can also pick up quirky and curious items in Dublin’s back streets. Check out craft and design at Cow’s Lane Designer Mart in Temple Bar, and vintage clothes and vinyl records at the Ha'penny Flea at the Grand Social on Lower Liffey Street. Happy shopping!

Enjoy the greening of the city

It won’t be just pints of beer that will be turning green! Dublin’s iconic buildings will be also going green to celebrate our national holiday. See some famous landmarks like you have never seen them before including The Mansion House, the Guinness Store House, the Convention Centre, the Custom House and many more.

Explore neighbouring towns

Venture outside the city and you'll find plenty more festival buzz on offer. St. Patrick’s Festival is collaborating with local groups as part of the town of Swords' own parade on March 17. The pageant will feature local mythology and traditions, such as the Legend of St. Patrick and Ériu the Goddess of Ireland. Skerries town is also hosting a parade on the big day, followed by a concert that features renowned musicians and a fireworks display, amongst other family-fun led highlights.

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