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St Patrick’s Day 2019 – Best Places to Celebrate in Ireland

St Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17th in Ireland and around the world, from Dublin to Dubai. And although its origin lie with St Patrick who rid Ireland of snakes. Its meaning nowadays shouts loud and clear that it is a day to celebrate Ireland and being Irish. Looking to celebrate St Patrick's Day in Ireland? Then let this list of the best places to celebrate in Ireland inspire you.

Where to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Ireland

1. St Patrick’s Festival Dublin, 14 – 18 March 2019

Dublin’s St Patrick’s Festival is the most well known of festivals in Ireland, with its parade broadcast live each year. The festival is a celebration of Ireland expressed through the talents, achievements and creativeness of its people.

What to expect: street parades, céilis, music, poetry, sing-alongs, film screenings, workshops, and history walks. Expect to see a number of iconic Dublin landmarks turn green across the city. A cultural explosion with a ton of ‘craic agus ceol’ (fun and music) with added heaps of shamrocks, tricolours and leprechaun hats thrown in for good measure.

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2. Cork St Patrick’s Day Festival, 15 -18 March 2019

Cork celebrates St Patrick’s Day in style each year with a number of special events throughout the city in the run up to the grand finale – the Cork St Patrick’s Day Parade.

What to expect: parade, music, talks and walks, competitions, and iconic landmark buildings such as the Cork City Hall lit up green. The parade however is the biggest celebration of the festival. Starting at the South Mall, floats, performers, associations, and clubs make their way through the city. A celebration that often has a few surprises thrown in – last year there was a marriage proposal mid-parade!

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3. Galway St Patrick’s Festival 14 – 19 March 2019

Galway’s St Patrick’s Festival takes place across various locations across the city over six days.

What to expect: parade, art, music, film, poetry and workshops. From art classes to bodhrán master classes, a children’s ceili to a film fleadh. The festival is full of cultural appreciation for both young and more mature amongst us. The Galway St Patrick’s Day Parade is the highlight of the city’s celebrations and takes place through the city on March 17th.

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4. Limerick St Patrick’s Festival 15 – 19 March 2019

Limerick’s St Patrick’s Festival celebrates its vibrant city with over 30 events taking place throughout the city along with a grand parade on March 17th.

What to expect: parades – in the city as well as towns and villages throughout the county, music, performances, the arts and lots of entertainment for all the family. The Limerick City parade is the highlight when it’s expected that around 4,000 participants will take part along a two-kilometre route.

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5. St Patrick’s Festivities Kilkenny 15 – 18 March 2019

Kilkenny offers visitors a number of family friendly festivities throughout its festival, with this years important message to ‘Bring the Bees Back’.

What to expect: a parade through the city, a food market with the glorious backdrop of Kilkenny Castle, buddy benches for children and young people, music and entertainment throughout the city. Bang on the Fuinneamh Drum; enjoy a ceili, brass band, or a rock band. Soak up the cultural talents of locals and make some music yourself during the Kilkenny St Patrick’s Festivities.

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6. Carlow St. Patrick’s Festival 17 – 18 March 2019

Following the success of last years St Patrick’s Day parade, Carlow town will be celebrating St Patrick over two days this year with the aim to grow the festival into a major affair.

What to expect: the theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Diversity’ along with Carlow’s cultural heritage. Expect a parade full of floats and family entertainment, a fun fair, food village, live music and street entertainment.

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7. St Patrick’s Festival Cill Áirne 15 – 18 March 2019

St Patrick’s Festival Killarney is promising to treat its visitors and participants to a great show this year with its theme being  ‘An Sorcas’ (The Circus).

What to expect: a parade, street entertainment, children’s zone, ceili, music and dancing. The highlight of Killarney’s St Patrick’s Day festival is on March 17th when the town comes together for pre-parade celebrations, a lively parade through the town and plenty of entertainment for all ages.

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8. Patrick’s Day Parade Portlaoise 17 March 2019

Portlaoise celebrates St Patrick’s Day with a fun-filled family friendly parade from Laois Town Hall, down Main Street to Market Square.

What to expect: music, floats, street performers with local schools, clubs, organisations and businesses coming together to provide a celebration of the towns heritage. The celebrations continue with markets and food stalls, along with live music and entertainment at various locations around Portlaoise town and neighbouring towns and villages.

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Why not travel to Northern Ireland for more St Patrick’s Day Parades & Festivals

Belfast St Patrick’s Day Parade & Concert, Northern Ireland, 17 March 2019

Scheduled for a day but usually celebrated all weekend the Belfast St Patrick’s Day Parade & Concert takes place throughout the city on March 17th.

What to expect: a carnival parade full of floats, performers and music that begins at Belfast City Hall and works its way through to the city. The celebrations don’t stop when it ends at Writers Square because the next step is the St Patrick’s Day Concert. This free daytime event takes place at Custom House Square. Here you can expect lots of moving and shaking. And not just from the artists on stage.

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The Home of St Patrick Festival, Armagh, Northern Ireland, 8 – 18 March 2019

Did you know that St Patrick founded his first large stone church in Armagh in 445AD. His goal was to establish the city as the country’s spiritual capital. And so for those celebrating his life it only makes sense that Armagh celebrates St Patrick’s Day through the aptly named ‘Home Of Saint Patrick Festival’.

What to expect: a procession, parade, music, performances, the Arts, film screenings, walks and talks. The festival included family friendly events and is spread across eleven days at a number of venues in Armagh town and county.

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Where will you be spending St Patrick’s Day this year?