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Essential Guide to St Patrick's Events in Dublin

Posted on: Friday, March 3, 2017

St Patricks Festival Dublin

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About the St Patricks Festival 2017

In true Irish fashion what was once a parade one day of the year has now turned into a four day festival. From March 17th to 20th Dublin City will become a centre for St. Patrick's celebrations with loads of events taking place around the city.

There is an overwhelming list of events taking place in Dublin, so we at thekeycollection want to help you plan your St Patrick’s Weekend by highlighting some of the events we recommend that you go to this St Patricks Festival.


What to Expect in Dublin

The city will be a busy hive of activity. It’s possibly the busiest 4 days in the city but also 4 of the most exciting & colourful days. This festival is as much about us locals as it is about visitors. March 17th is a national holiday so most people are off work and the schools are closed.

The Weather over St. Patricks Weekend

It's Ireland so who knows! It might be raining, it might be sunny, it might be hot or it might be cold. In all likelihood it will be all of those things in one day - so be prepared for all weather.


What to do in Dublin over St. Patricks Weekend

One thing we can guarantee is that there won’t be a shortage of things to do for everybody. From families, couples, groups, young and old, the festival itinerary is packed. Below we have highlighted what we consider to be some of the best events on during the St Patrick’s Festival.


When: 12:00 PM, Friday 17th March 2017

Where: City Centre, starting at Parnell Square.

If you are visiting the city you really can’t miss this. It’s an institution for locals and we can all remember being brought into the city to see the parade. It has changed a lot over recent years and is now an elaborate array of choreographed performers, colourful costumes and immense props and floats. Get to the route before 11am, at the latest, if you want to get a good vantage point


When 17th-19th March 2017
Where: Merrion Square, D2 & Custom House Quay, D1
Cost: Admission Varied
Great fun for all ages. City at Play funfairs are situated in the heart of the city and runs for the duration of the St Patricks Festival in Dublin. It’s a great way to spend a few hours with attractions from walzters to carousels. For the more daring you can be suspended upside down, turned over or whisked through the air and get some great and unusual views of the city on the more exhilarating attractions


Irish Craft Beer & Whiskey Village 

When: 16th -19th March 2017
Where: Hall 1, Main Hall, RDS, Dublin 4 (main RDS entrance)
Cost: €10 entry, includes live music, silent disco & loads of fun!
2017 will be the 6th year this event will run over the St Patrick’s Festival weekend. It seems to just get bigger and better with over 12,000 people attending last year. Most people know the famous Irish drinks such as Guinness & Whiskeys. The village is a great place to visit to taste new craft beers and the growing number of craft whiskeys (our favourite at the moment is Greenore Single Grain). This is an indoor event so forget about the weather and if you aren’t interested in beer, cider or whiskey there is a large number of artisan food stands there as well and there is loads of entertainment.


Festival Céilí

When: Thursday 16th Mar 2017
Where: Ardán an Iarla, Baile Átha Cliath 2 / Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
Be the guest of honour at the Festival Céile & enjoy all of the classics. They will lead you through the dances with demonstrations. Bound to be a fun filled event!


Festival Treasure Hunt 

When: @10:00 AM, Sat 18th March 2017
Where: City Hall (TBC)
Cost: Free event
An active & competitive choice - this is a super way to explore and discover Dublin as you solve a series of clues left around the city. Teams of up to 4 can participate and registration is between 10am-1pm. You can also register online. It will take about 90 minutes. Oh and as this the St Patrick’s Festival you can go fancy dress as well.


Music for 18 Machines

When: @8.00pm Saturday 18th March 2017
Where: St Patrick’s Cathedral
Cost: €18.00
St Patricks Cathedral will set the scene for this amazing performance of Music for 18 machines.
Simply put- it employs synthesisters in the place of musicians to voice the original work. Reich’s work is a blueprint of the minimalist movement. It is an expressive & emotive performance from 18 electrical instruments being played by one computer.


Ushers Island

When: @8.00pm Sunday 19th March 2017
Where: Vicar Street
Cost: €30.00
Ushers Island brings together 5 of the most influential names in traditional music: Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny, Paddy Glackin, Mike McGoldrick & John Doyle. Each talented member come together and offer a blend of old & young / vocal & instrumental music.

Take a look here for even more St Patrick's Celebrations taking place!

Sporting Events over St. Patricks Weekend:

As a national holiday there are two major sporting events that take place in the city on St. Patrick’s day. Although not part of the St. Patricks Day Festival in Dublin, they are a local institution and St Patrick’s Day in Dublin wouldn’t be the same without them.

17th March 2017 - AIB GAA All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship Final
17th March 2017 - AIB GAA All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship Final

Croke Park hosts both the hurling and Gaelic football All Ireland club finals. These competitions are known as “the toughest of them all”. You’ll see the two best Hurling and Gaelic football clubs face each other (2 matches for the price of 1). This is a great opportunity to see the very best of our native sports. Two important things to remember these players are all amateur and they are playing with their local clubs. You’ll be amazed at the skill, pace and passion of these sports.

 Ireland Vs England on Saturday 18th March 2017 in the Aviva Stadium as part of the RBS six nations tournament.

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