Here's What To Do This St. Patrick's Day


If you’ve decided to go to Dublin anytime near the shining beacon that is St Patrick’s day – March 17 – then well done because you’re in for a treat.

If you want to know all the official information you can read about it here, but all you really need to know is the whole of Dublin has a party to rival Notting Hill and Rio Carnival, except there is less rhythmic dancing and more drinking stout.

The festivities don’t just last for the one day, although the 17th is typically when most of the fun will be had. Activities stretch over three days in which you can entertain yourself with funfairs, a St Patrick’s festival parade, walking tours and an Irish craft beer and whiskey village that all pop up around the city centre. Here are some specifics:

Visit the Guinness Storehouse

Between the 17th-20th March the Guinness Storehouse will open up its doors. In store they will have visiting marching bands, music from local Dublin band Na Fianna, traditional Ceili dancers and, of course, loads of Guinness to drink. You can learn to pull the perfect pint, or have one poured for you in the Guinness academy, as well as washing down all that stout with some well earned food from their restaurant. Tickets are available here. Also, if you are called Patrick (or any variant on that name, male or female) then you get complimentary admission! 

Watch as the City ‘Goes Green'

Dublin is a beautiful city, and what better way to enjoy its most beautiful landmarks than by taking the 'Greening the City' tour? Kicking off at 6pm on the 17th, the city illuminates its most popular and spectacular architecture with green lighting to keep the city celebrating into the evening. Famous locations like the Olympia, City Hall and Trinity College will all be turned a shade of green to mark the festivities. 

Festival Céilí

If you fancy a bit of an Irish jig, then the Céilí Festival is the place for you. Taking place at Ealsfort terrace on Friday 18th, the festival is a celebration of the traditional Céilí dancing that is similar to line dancing but more vigorous. And Irish. Ceili caller Jerry O' Reilly will lead crowds through the dance moves with names such as 'Stack of Barley' and 'Shoe the Donkey', while traditional folk music plays. There will even be a guest appearance from champion Ceili dancer Dearbhla Lennon so you can see how a professional does it. 

Festival Treasure Hunt

Grab four mates and re-live you childhood by taking part in a city wide treasure hunt, starting at the City Hall at 10am on Saturday. Once given a map and your first clue, you will find yourself dipping in and out of Dublin's most famous landmarks as you solve puzzles and answer the various questions posed to your team. It's a fancy dress event, with the theme being 'Explorers’ and all the while there will be music theatre and prizes at the HQ in City Hall. There is also a smaller event for children to take part in as well. You can register your team here.

St Patrick’s Day Parade

Last but by no means least is the world famous St Patrick's day parade. Starting at Parnell Square in the city centre, the colourful procession will be heading all over Dublin with many offspring celebrations along the way. The theme for the parade this year is 'Imagine if...', which is meant to represent childlike imagination, and will be expressed by hundreds of street performers, musicians and entertainers along the way. 

St. Patrick's Day festivities last from 17 - 20 March. The parade begins near Parnell Square North – about 15 minutes walk from Generator Dublin