St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Ireland

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Celebrated the world over, the 17th of March marks St. Patrick’s Day which honours the Patron Saint of Ireland. And with that comes a host of events throughout the “Emerald Isle.”

The pubs are packed to the seams, people dress up in leprechaun outfits or don big green wigs and hats, and Guinness is consumed by the gallon!

Since this is a national holiday, it’s also a time for the people of Ireland to get together and celebrate. From local parades to big carnivals with street theatre, live music and dancing, there is something for the whole family to enjoy.

Dublin, Ireland St. Patrick's Parade

Here are some of the activities you can enjoy place throughout Ireland to make the most of your  St. Patrick’s Day:

North West

Each year, the festival in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal continues to grow! Join the fun on the 17th of March as the city enjoys #greeningdonegal and you can join in on the music, dance and festivities.

Dublin

Experience the marvel of Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival for ‘Five Great Days’ It promises a city that is flourishing in stunning colour and flair. The chance to revel in the spectacular procession along O’Connell Street and through the centre of Ireland is not to be missed.

Midlands & East Coast

In Tullamore in Co. Offaly you can learn all about the Irish language with a celebration called Seachtain na Gaeilge. Discover Irish history and heritage while also having fun. You will also find vibrant parades in Bray in Co. Wicklow, Wicklow Town, and Longford Town.

Cork & Kerry

Cork, Ireland’s second largest city, holds one of the country’s grandest events! The carnival held here brings together whimsical theatrics to capture your imagination, the sounds of marching bands, dancers and local community carnival groups waiting to get you up on your feet to join in with the fun and dancing.

If you’re looking for the ‘most colourful’ parade in Ireland, look no further than the Co. Kerry town of Killarney. The festival continues the tradition of offering music, dance, and celebrations filled with wondrous emerald green colours!

Shannon Region

Not far from Shannon, you will find the city of Limerick which hosts both the Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival and Limerick International Band Festival. It’s your chance to experience the lively tones and celebrate the National holiday.

Ireland West

Go wild with another week filled with festival entertainment in the town of Kiltimagh in Co. Mayo. Enjoy concerts, fishing competitions, table quizzes, and more all centered around the long-standing St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Northern Ireland

Unforgettable memories are born from Northern Ireland’s many festivals. Lively musical score with their uplifting rhythms, entertaining street theatre, rousing traditional dance, and (of course) Irish culinary delights guarantee non-stop family fun.

Belfast, Northern Ireland’s major city, has a St. Patrick’s Day Parade which travels through the city centre featuring live music and a concert in Custom House Square. Or you can enjoy Derry’s,  Northern Ireland’s second city,  spectacular St Patrick’s Day Parade which winds its way throughout the walled city along with a concert in Guildhall Square.

Downpatrick is the place to be for live music, dance and family games. While Armagh is home to a week-long festival honouring Ireland’s patron saint.

Ireland landscape

Questions about visiting Ireland?

Join our Members-only HomeExchangers Ireland Facebook Group where you can add your listing to help with your search for an Exchange on the Green Isle, ask advice and get recommendations from fellow exchangers.

HomeExchange makes it possible to exchange anywhere and as many times as you wish. If you love festivals, perhaps you can follow a ‘festival’ path around the world! There are so many to choose from.

However you decide to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, be it in Ireland or elsewhere in the world, don’t let the Patron Saint’s Day pass you by without some celebration.  

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