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5 Great St Patrick's Day Events For All The Family

It’s all about our national day for this roundup of family events. Whether you are the parent of an excited cheerleader, or you are hard at work getting a float ready for the back of a lorry, or you prefer to wave and watch, make sure you get out to support one of the great St. Patrick’s Day parades going on in cities and towns across the country. Here are some of the highlights: 

1. St. Patrick’s Festival, Dublin

Venue: Dublin City Centre
Date: March 15th - 19th
Cost: Free
Contact: +353 1 6763205 

As the capital of the country and the epicentre of all things Irish, Dublin is home to the biggest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ireland. Join in the festivities and be sure to deck the family out in green for our national celebration. You will be rewarded with the best of Irish and international talent, and a dizzying array of fun festivities. It’s not just the parade—you can expect a full weekend of action, so try to fit in as much as you can, and get there early for the best views.

2. Leprechaun Treasure Hunt

Venue: Greenan Maze, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow 
Date: March 17th – 19th
Cost: €7/€8
Contact: +353 86 8845624

Take a novel break from all the parades, and visit the Greenan Maze in Rathdrum, County Wicklow this St. Patrick’s weekend for three days of enchanting leprechaun treasure hunts. From Saturday to Monday, your children will be at their wits’ ends trying to solve Larry the Leprechaun’s riddles in hopes of finding his pot of gold. When all that gets too much, they can have their faces painted, feed the farm animals, or listen to some Irish music while feasting on stew by the fireside.

3. Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival

Venue: Various Limerick city locations
Dates: March 16th - 19th
Cost: Free
Contact: +353 61 557421

The Limerick St. Patrick's Festival is double the fun, with not just a spectacular parade (Ireland’s largest regional parade) but also the International Band Championship. The parade itself is a loud and colourful extravaganza featuring some 3,500 participants, including musicians, dancers and entertainers. The musicians in the International Band Parade will be gathered from across the country, as well as North America and Europe. They always put on a great show, with feet-thumping music for all the family. 

4. Kilkenny Tradfest

Venue: Various venues in Kilkenny City
Dates: March 17th – 19th
Cost: €0 - €30
Contact: +353 83 8722444

This is the sixth year of the Kilkenny Tradfest, which brings a wealth of great traditional music, song, and dance to the city for St. Patrick’s weekend. All the family will love this celebration of the best of trad and folk, with venues ranging from Kilkenny Castle, the new Medieval Mile Museum, and the dramatic St Canice’s Cathedral. Many events are free in this, the biggest Kilkenny Tradfest yet.

5. Cork St. Patrick’s Festival

 Venue: Cork City Centre
Dates: March 16th - 18th
Cost: Free
Contact: +353 21 4924736

Cork City always puts on a great show for St. Patrick’s Day, and this year promises to be no different, with a packed schedule of activities across the city and the weekend. The highlight of the festival is the parade, of course, which winds its way through the city’s streets from the South Mall to the Grand Parade, along St Patrick’s Street and finishing at Merchant’s Quay. The theme of this year’s celebrations is “Democracy for All,” which celebrates a century of women’s suffrage in Ireland. More than 50 community groups are participating in the parade, and there will be music, food, and all things Irish to enjoy across the city all weekend.

If you head along to any of these events, make sure to let us know how you get on!

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