This Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day and where better to celebrate than in Dublin? More than 100,000 visitors, as well as many locals, will hit the streets and pubs of The Republic of Ireland’s lively capital for the biggest party the country will see all year. Join the celebrations with our ultimate guide to Dublin’s St. Patrick’s day 2018…
Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. He was born in Roman Britain in the fifth century and brought to Ireland as a slave at the mere age of 16. He escaped from captivity but later returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people. A famous legend of Saint Patrick is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), using the three leaves of a native Irish clover – the shamrock. Held annually on 7th March, St. Patrick’s day commemorates the anniversary of his death. It has been a religious holiday for the Irish for over 1,000 years.
In Dublin, the city comes alive with the St. Patrick’s Festival during the period. Running from 15th – 19th March, the festival sets out to reflect the talents and achievements of Irish people on many stages across the country and the rest of the world. The creative energy of the festival every year is indescribable. There are a variety of different exhibitions and events to go and see or get involved with. The star of the show is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, beginning in Parnell Square in the city centre and weaving through the streets. This year, Ireland’s leading street theatre and pageant companies have responded to the theme Home is Where the Heart is with magnificent creations and exciting performances. Bands from across the country will deliver astonishing musical performances through the streets of Dublin in a cheerful procession. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to the parade to watch and the atmosphere is captivating.
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The next day, Sunday 18th, is the Festival Big Day Out in Merrion Square. The runs from 12pm – 6pm and is completely free. The square transforms into a mosaic of colour and performances, with a huge street carnival. Street theatre, music, aerial performances, workshops, Irish language classes and colourful art installations. There will be food and loads of activities for children, such as reading workshops and life-sized jigsaw puzzle activities. Also taking place on Sunday is St. Patrick’s Festival 5K Road Race. It starts at 11.55am from St. Stephens Green and takes you through the heart of beautiful Georgian Dublin. The run is suitable for anyone – avid runners, fun runners and families are all welcome. The atmosphere is fantastic every year, with street performers, face painters and lots of fancy dress.
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