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Things to Do on St Patrick's Day

By Visit Dublin

11th February 2018

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 on St Patrick’s Day. The entire city will be transformed into one huge party zone with a five-day festival March 15–19 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!

Five great days!

Ireland’s national festival, St. Patrick’s Festival, returns with a cast of thousands of talented home-grown and international musicians, dancers, storytellers and performers coming together for five days and nights of events from 15-19 March. The colourful programme of over 30 events will create a world class cultural celebration of Ireland, its people and our national holiday. The theme for the 2018 is 'Home'; the exploration of my home, your home, our home.

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. The All-Ireland Football and Hurling Senior Club Championship are on St Patricks Day and promise a great atmosphere and cracking display of GAA skills. Afterwards, 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

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, held from March 16–20, 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 are feeling particularly Irish at this time of the year 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 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 in Dublin for St Patrick's Day, 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 Ferocious Mingle Market on Thomas Street or 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.

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