Having the chance to experience a St Patrick’s Day in Ireland is something special to cherish. St Patrick’s Day takes place on the 17th of March and revolves around festivals to promote everything Irish. It marks a traditional turning point in the weather calendar with the days getting longer and can be seen as the end of Winter and the arrival of Spring. St Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world from Dublin to Australia and beyond. The legend of St Patrick was that he got rid of all the snakes out of Ireland!!
The festival in Dublin is the biggest in the country and well worth visiting – it is full of colour. There are also lots of other towns and cities around Ireland with great festivals to visit if you can’t make Dublin.
If you are looking to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Ireland below is a list of –
10 of the Best St Patrick Day Festival in Ireland
1 – Dublin
Dublin’s Festival is the most well known in Ireland and is broadcast live on TV. The festival each year carries a theme and it expresses Ireland through the creative arts of people and puts on an outstanding spectacle for everyone. You will see street parades, ceilis and a great atmosphere in the pubs with everyone dressed in a sea of green. Many of the famous Dublin landmarks will turn green for the day.
2 – Cork
Cork is Ireland’s second largest city and is a great place to enjoy St Patrick’s Day in Ireland and it puts on a jammed packed festival every year. It has a number of events throughout the city with plenty of street entertainment. One of the most iconic buildings in Cork turns green – Cork City Hall. If you want a great place to view the parade & head to the South Mall area of the city where all the parade performers will be exhibiting their talents.
3 – Limerick
Limerick St Patrick’s Festival gives a great opportunity to celebrate Ireland’s National Holiday over a number of days. Some special features of the parade are Ireland’s only band championship with over 1,300 musicians taking part, with an epic fireworks display, a 40-foot panoramic wheel that gives excellent views out over the city and a museum of the moon.
4 – Killarney
Killarney is located in the picturesque county of Kerry and is one of the most visited towns in Ireland. The town offers a backdrop to Killarney National Park and the place is full of activity around St Patrick’s Day in Ireland. Killarney as a town has a long tradition of celebrating with an annual parade through the streets being a focal point and is an event that takes place over a few days. The festival has kid zones, street ceilis, themed lake cruises, treasure hunts and lots more for everyone.
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5 – Galway
2019 will be the 177th anniversary of the Galway St Patrick’s Day Festival and it promises to be a festival of all things Ireland. A great place to see the parade is the famous Eyre Square where the parade finishes with the iconic fountain in the heart of the square going green for the occasion. The parade will feature a range of community, cultural, sporting and international groups. Galway’s festival is about Diversity and is a platform to showcase local artists, community groups, the diverse range of talents in the city through the parade events.
6 – Kilkenny
Kilkenny city is full of culture, heritage and the arts – these are the platforms that they will celebrate St Patricks Day in 2019. Kilkenny showcases an annual parade with lots of community events involving, schools, businesses, community groups who participate together to bring a memorable festival to visitors in Kilkenny with its renowned hospitality. The theme of the festival in 2019 is “ Bring back the Bees” with the bees being an important part of Ireland’s food ecosystem, to protect their biodiversity.
If you are up and around Belfast around St Patrick’s weekend, it is a great city to enjoy the spectacle with friends and family with something for everyone. There will be a vibrant carnival parade and colour with the city centre being full of colour and music. See some eye-catching floats, performers and costumes.
9- Derry – Londonderry
Derry – Londonderry offers a Spring Carnival that includes a St Patrick’s Day Spring Carnival Parade. The festival will be the celebration of children and young people. The themes will explore the depictions of youth in myth and legend in the traditions of Celtic life and the many diverse cultures across the world. There will be a chance to see mystical creatures make their way through the city representing young people from fables, fairy tales to faraway lands. This is a great festival for all friends and family to enjoy and be entertained.
10 – Waterford
Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city and is well renowned for its Viking Heritage and Culture and it packs a punch too for St Patricks Day. The festival will celebrate Colour, Culture and Community. The Waterford Parade will aim to showcase the cultural influences over the years that has helped to build stronger communities. The festival will be a mix of sport, food, business, national hobbies and the arts.
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