Things to do over St Patricks Weekend
Posted on March 11, 2016
We’re sure there’s no need to remind you that St Patricks Day is coming up this Thursday, 17th of March. Another thing we’re sure of is that you pretty much already know what to do on one of Ireland’s biggest holidays. Nevertheless, with as much as four days and an abundance of activities happening in Dublin, we thought it might come useful to summarise them for you.
1. Wear Green
Before we start, let’s get you set up with the right attire. The right colour, that is. Have you ever wondered where the tradition of wearing green came from? Needless to say, green is the colour represented in the Ireland’s flag, as well as in Ireland’s poetic name ‘Emerald Isle’. Partially due to Ireland’s intensely green nature, wearing of green on St. Patrick’s Day also has its historic roots. Even though this tradition dates as far as the 1680s, it might come as a surprise that the colour associated to St. Patrick in the 18th century was blue. Subsequently, the customs went back to green when the United Irishmen wore it while opposing to the British rule.
One of the central activities of St. Patrick’s Festival is the Parade, starting at Parnell Square at 12pm on Thursday. Check out this year’s creative installments designed around the theme ‘Imagine If …’, imagining the next 100 years of Ireland’s youth.
3. Listen to some great live music
During the four days of St. Patrick’s weekend, the city will be overflowing with some first rate music acts. Choose from a variety of events like The Pogues Project, BoNs Synth Ensemble, Donovan’s 50 Years of Music Tour, Future Composers or some of the acts from Music in the City. If you find yourself in the mood for some traditional Irish tunes, visit the Festival Céilí or the Gaelstage.
4. Drink Irish
Beer, whiskey, cider or Irish coffee? Whatever your preferences are, there certainly won’t be any shortages of alcoholic beverages to choose from during the St. Patrick’s weekend. You might even want to visit the Irish Craft Beer & Whiskey Village and enjoy the festive atmosphere.
5. Eat Irish
Irish breakfast, stew, shepherd’s pie or traditional bacon and cabbage? Even better, make a trip to Howth and try some delicious seafood at the Bay Prawn Festival, which will host all day events from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th.
6. Get some culture
Another area where St. Patrick’s celebration doesn’t disappoint is culture. Enrich your historical knowledge In the Footsteps of St. Patrick Walking Tour that takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Street Theatre will turn Dublin’s streets into an immense stage, while look-see RUN brings you another unconventional form of theatre. For the youngest members of your family there is The Children’s Soapbox event on Friday at the Ark’s Cultural Centre.
7. Get active
In case you want to add some physical activity to all the hedonism surrounding St. Patrick’s Day, there is something for you too. On Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday you can go on the Easter Rising Cycle Tour, where you will get to discover all of the Dublin’s historically important spots, and if bike’s not really your thing, join the St. Patrick’s Festival 5K Road Race on Sunday at noon.
8. Add Some Excitement to your Life
If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, look no further. Be prepared to get turned upside down at the Funfairs on Merrion Square and Custom House Quay or join the festival’s Treasure Hunt at the City Hall and discover Dublin while solving a series of questions.
9. Listen to some Lectures and Stories
The Festival also offers an educative dimension through The Past is Present talk series at the Little Museum of Dublin, covering a range of interesting topics. On the other hand, Moth StorySLAM offers a different type of talks through its open-mic storytelling competition. Another form of promising story-telling is the one coming from Donal Dineen in conversation with Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, while the movie Older than Ireland, screening at The National Gallery, tells the stories of as much as thirty Irish centenarians.
10. Visit some of the day-long festival events
For those of you looking for a whole day of festival entertainment to fill your Sunday, Big Day Out plans to transform Merrion Square into a carnival spot, while The Ultimate Sunday will make sure you get an eclectic mix of music, comedy, sport, games and food.