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Winter is coming to an end and the first specks of green are appearing in the countryside and the cities. Like every year, this also means March 17th is drawing near: St. Patrick’s Day. Around the world, the Irish and other folks celebrate this holiday honoring the day of death of the first Christian missionary in Ireland. On this day, everything is dyed green: houses, rivers, even beer, which is especially popular on this typical Irish holiday.
Since Dublin has a lot more to offer for St. Patrick’s Day than spending the day in a pub, we’d like to invite you to use this years St. Patrick’s Day to explore the Irish Capitol. If, by the end of the day, you still yearn for a cool, green Irish Beer in one of Temple Bar’s famous pubs, you will have all the more stories to tell for it.
1. The Festival Parade – A St. Patrick’s Day classic
Starting off our list with an all time classic: the St. Patrick’s Day Festival Parade! For one and a half hours hordes of flag-wavers, dancers and marching bands from multiple countries roam the streets of the Irish capital according to this year’s motto “Let’s Make History” and animate thousands of spectators to celebrate with them. If you want to join the fun, make sure you find the route of the parade between Parnell Square and St. Patrick’s Cathedral at noon.
Photo: flickr, Miguel Mendez
2. Get to know the city – The St. Patrick Walking Tour
Who is this St. Patrick guy people around the world celebrate every year? If you want to find out, you should join the St. Patrick Walking Tour and follow his footsteps through the city. The tour led by professional guides takes about two hours. It also invites you to discover Dublin as well. For those who are interested, the meeting point is in front of the Discover Ireland Center at 2.20 PM.
Photo: flickr, infomatique
3. Interested in art? Check out “Dublin then and now”!
Photo: flickr, Super freeparking
When the city explodes in this much creativity, it is also time to go check out its cultural side. Go find the City Assembly House for a free exhibition of Dublin-based artists’ works of the last almost 250 years. It is organized by the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club, where the exhibited artists are or were members. The exhibition is open from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.
4. Let the music play – Irish Music
When visiting Ireland, one should definitely check out the Irish Music scene as well. Thankfully the St. Patrick’s Day festivities include an insight to traditional Irish music: Phil Callery, Gerry Harrington and Peter Browne assemble as the „Trad Trio“ and perform traditional Irish music on fiddle and uilleann pipes with typical Irish humor. Tickets are free and can be collected at the National Concert Box Office, the show starts at 7.30 PM at the Kevin Barry Room in National Concert Hall.
Photo: flickr, Keith McGovern
5. Color splash – Greening the city
When darkness falls on March 17th, Dublin is not done with its celebrations. Now switches are flipped in front of several historic buildings throughout the city, turning on green spotlights to highlight the sights in bold green light. For years now, important institutions like Trinity College, Christ Church or St. Patrick’s Cathedral shine in green glow during the evening hours of St. Patrick’s Day, once again reminding you of the color of the day. Especially now Dublin invites you to take a stroll on its nocturnal streets to admire the beautiful colors play.