St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin

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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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The Where We Live: Made in Dublin exhibition is on every day of the festival and it explores the theme of home. The exhibition is by Eamonn Doyle, Niall Sweeney and David Donohoe and is an installation of sound and vision that plays out a series of infinitely unfolding events around the movement of people caught up in time and place – Dublin. It’s a panorama of the city: its fabric, populations and light, made up of Doyle’s Dublin photography, designs by Sweeney, and sound by Donohoe. Another great exhibit is the Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger, that also covers every day of the festival. It showcases the world’s largest collection of Famine-related art never before exhibited on Irish soil from museums abroad. The collection constitutes an incomparable direct link to the past of almost 6.5 million Irish and 40 million Irish-American people. The exhibition documents the scale of Famine and the horrific impact it had on the land and politics of Ireland. Both the Where We Live, and the Coming Home, exhibitions are completely free.
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In honour of the Irish culture and the national holiday, many important buildings across the city will be illuminated green for the festival. Take a night walk and check out the iconic buildings lit up proudly in green. For a guided walk of Dublin, join the Herstory: Suffragette Walking Tour, starting from the City Hall. It only costs €7 and highlights some of the key figures and events undertaken by courageous women in their efforts to gain equality. Alternatively, the In the Footsteps of St. Patrick with Pat Liddy is another exciting tour through Dublin. The tour costs €16 and is led by the renowned historian Pat Liddy. It explores ancient sites like the two medieval cathedrals and reveals the fascinating history of Dublin and the legends of St. Patrick. There are many more tours, exhibits and theatre performances across the period, offering something for everyone to enjoy the national holiday.

 
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Photo by Giuseppe Milo (www.pixael.com)
Of course, what St. Patrick’s day is often most recognised for globally is the partying. The streets and pubs are flooded with shamrock-painted, leprechaun-hat-wearing, Guinness-glugging visitors and locals. Although many locals stay clear of the famous Temple Bar on St. Patrick’s Day because of the crowds and higher prices, it’s still worth a visit if you’ve never seen it before. The atmosphere will be unforgettable even if you stay for one drink and then move on to somewhere less packed. Many of the clubs in Dublin put on special events, so if you can keep up with the Irish in their all-day drinking festivities then check out what’s on after-dark.

How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? Let us know in the comments below.