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Why You Should Travel to Ireland for St. Patrick's Day

Arguably Ireland’s most famous national holiday, St. Patrick’s Day is held annually on March 17 and is commemorated across Ireland and much of the rest of the world.

Synonymous with the colour green, Irish mythology, and the Shamrock, St. Patrick’s Day is a global celebration of Irish culture and religion. As a Travel Management Company based in the heart of Northern Ireland, here’s a guide on what you can get up to this St. Patrick’s weekend whether you are travelling to Ireland for business or leisure...

History

St Patrick is one of the patron saints of Ireland and is believed to have died on March 17 around the year 493. Many of the stories traditionally associated with St. Patrick, including the famous account of his banishing all the snakes from Ireland, are false, the products of hundreds of years of exaggerated storytelling (History). Many symbols associated with St. Patrick’s Day include the Shamrock (said to represent the Holy Trinity), the Harp (an Irish musical instrument), and a leprechaun with a pot of gold (a mythological Irish creature that represents good luck). Whilst many other countries with Irish roots also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, there is no better place to travel to for the celebrations than the country it originated in. So whether you are travelling to the North or South of Ireland to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day, there’s plenty of festivities to partake in to celebrate all things Irish…

Dublin

The festival of St. Patrick is a 5-day event in Ireland with special events held on March 17. It is one of the most popular days in the year to travel to Dublin, so make sure to plan ahead and leave early on your day of departure.

Things to do:

  • Attend the St. Patrick’s Day Festival Parade in the City Centre, the largest and most extravagant parade outside New York, where people celebrate Irish culture in the streets alongside floats, pageants and music
  • Visit the Guinness Storehouse or Jameson Distillery for a true Irish alcohol experience
  • Visit the Temple Bar Area, one of Dublin’s most famous and popular areas for a drink
  • Take a stroll through the city at night to see the ‘Greening of the City’, with many iconic buildings lit up in the colour green
  • Listen to some Irish music: from special musical events to street performers and folk music in pubs, you are sure to hear Irish music whilst celebrating the holiday
  • Visit the funfair at Custom House Quay where there is sure to be an attraction for everyone
  • Take part in a St. Patrick’s walking tour of Dublin to learn more about the history of St. Patrick and visit some ancient sites
  • Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland and one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Ireland, where you can attend a service or explore the church
  • Visit Festival Village at Merrion Square, where there will be food stalls, a circus, children’s readings and discos, live music, street theatre and much more…

For more information, visit St. Patrick’s Festival 2019

Belfast

Belfast primarily celebrates St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, and whilst it is not as large a commemoration as in Dublin, there are still plenty of festivities happening across the city this year.

Things to do:

  • Attend the Carnival Parade in the City Centre on St. Patrick’s Day featuring floats, performers, magnificent costumes and music
  • Attend the free open-air concert at Custom House Square with music from the Whistlin’ Donkeys and The Vengaboys as well as Irish Dancers ‘Fusion Fighters’
  • Visit St. George’s Market for a ‘taste of Ireland’ as well as live traditional music, toe-tapping Irish dancing and workshops
  • Check out the Féile An Erraigh Spring Festival which has events running from 1-18 March 2019 including live music, talks, theatre and family fun
  • If you fancy something a bit more active, then you can take part in the 5th Annual SPAR Craic 10k run around Belfast city centre
  • Watch an Irish Dancing Show – ‘Athenry: Dance of the Celts’ at the Cabaret Supper Club
  • Live music events are also happening across Belfast on St. Patrick’s Day, from Ska to traditional Irish music

For more information, see Visit Belfast

Top Tips

  1. Pack something green to wear
  2. Arrive early to the parades and events
  3. Book accommodation (in advance) in Belfast/Dublin city centre
  4. And finally, make sure to drink a green beer in order to have that true St. Patrick’s experience

With plenty to see and do across Ireland during the St. Patrick’s holiday, this is a unique experience not to be missed.

Don't forget to head over to our Facebook page to enter our St. Patrick's competition, where you could be in with a chance of winning a Family Pass* to Ireland's famous Tayto Park! Competition closes 12pm Tuesday 19th March 2019.


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