St Patricks Day in Dublin

17th March 2018 | Dublin, Ireland

About St. Patrick’s Day


St Patrick’s Day, which takes place on the anniversary of the death of Ireland’s patron saint, has been celebrated with parades and festivities since the 17th century. These days, it ranks as the most widely celebrated national festivals of them all. For the past 22 years, Dublin has celebrated with the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, with the party starting on 16th and carrying on throughout the weekend until 19th. There will be a Festival Céilí, a city-wide treasure hunt and a carnival in Merrion Square. The highlight of the weekend will be the St. Patrick’s Day Parade which sees a colourful procession of floats, theatrical displays and music making its way through the heart of the city. However you decide to celebrate Ireland’s national day, make sure you wear something green and indulge in some Guinness!


Helpful information about St. Patrick’s Day


The St. Patrick’s Festival takes place from 16th to 19th March 2017 when there will be plenty of song, dance and merriment in pubs around the capital. The first official event is the Céilí which takes place from 4.30pm on 16th March with some traditional singing and dancing. The Parade takes place on the 17th and starts at Parnell Square in the city centre. General admission to watch the parade is free but you can buy grandstand tickets for €65 if you’d like to make sure you get the very best view of the event. The treasure hunt takes place around Dublin from 10am on Saturday 18th March. Head to the official festival website for more details.


Making the most of St. Patrick’s Day

The festival incorporates a great programme of music this year. An exciting new venture is a special St. Patrick’s Festival performance of ‘Music for 18 Machines’ which is a reinterpretation of Steve Reich’s minimalist classic work ‘Music for 18 Musicians’ with synthesizers replacing the 18 parts designed for human musicians. The performance takes place in St. Patrick’s Cathedral - buy your tickets from the Festival website.

Where to stay in Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day

If you’re planning a trip to Dublin for Ireland’s biggest party, book the perfect place to stay with Eventful Stays. You can choose to stay in any type of rental accommodation in the capital, from city centre apartments to bed and breakfasts and from studios and spare rooms to smart townhouses - all within easy reach of the festivities via public transport or on foot. 

Things to do near St. Patrick’s Day

There are plenty of sights to see and places to visit during your stay in Dublin, including the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin Castle and Lusk Round Tower.

More information about St. Patrick’s Day

To find out more information about St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, please head to the official website where you’ll be able to view the full programme of events for 2017, book tickets and see photos and videos from the 2016 event.

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