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St Patrick’s Day Festivities in Dublin


St Patrick’s Day Festivities in Dublin

The St Patrick’s day festival was launched in 1995.  It is a four-day event starting on March 17th and ending on March 20th. The government’s main purpose of the festival is so that we, as a nation are proud of our Irish heritage.  The celebration of St Patrick’s Day has grown world – wide.  It is a chance for the world to see Ireland’s artists, dancers and musicians show their creativity and innovation.  It is a day when people everywhere wished they were Irish.

IMMA Collection: Nick Miller and the studio of Edward McGuire

Time: 11:30 am

Dates:  17th March

The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland

Time: Tuesday – Friday:  11.30am – 5.30pm; Saturday:  10.00am – 5.30pm; Sunday and Bank Holidays: 12noon – 5.30pm. Monday: Closed.  Last Admission 5.15pm

Ticketing Information: Free admission.

Sally McGuire, the widow of Edward McGuire donated his artwork to the National Collection at IMMA in 2009.  The artist Nick Miller responds to the contents of Mr. McGuire’s art.


The Guinness Storehouse, St. James’s Gate, Dublin 8

Date(s): 16th – 20th March 2016

Time: 9.30am – 6pm
Ticketing Information:
Adult €20
Student with ID over 18 €16.00
Student with ID under 18 €13.50
Senior Citizen €16.00
Child €6.50
Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children) €46.50

If your name is Patrick, Patty, Patricia, Paddy, Podge, Padraig, or Poiric, you can get free admission into the storehouse on St Patrick’s Day.  You just need to bring your ID.

The Guinness Storehouse will hold its 10th annual St. Patrick’s Festival from 16th – 20th March 2016.

There will be ceili dancing, marching bands and other entertainment outside and throughout the storehouse for the duration of the four days.  Visitors will be invited to sample new Guinness brands and taste complimentary canapés.


The Moth StorySlam:

Date: 17th March

Time: 6pm

Venue: Teeling Whiskey Distillery, 13 -17 New Market Square, Dublin 8

This is part of the I Love My City programme.  Comedian Colm O’Regan will present this event.  He will randomly select ten names out of a hat and the people chosen will be asked to tell a true story in relation to the theme of the night. “Only in Dublin” is this month’s theme.  After the ten people have told their story, the judges will rate them.  The chosen person will go on to complete the Dublin GrandSLAM Championship.


See Dublin by Bike: Easter Rising Cycle Tour

Time: 2:00 PM

Date: 17th March

Venue: Starts at Cafe Rothar, 16 Fade Street, D.2

Cost:  Ticketed Event: €25, half price 12-16yrs.

This is a special Easter Rising bike tour where you will explore Irish history and folklore. You will be brought through the areas where the Rebellion took place, such as the GPO, Moore Street, Boland’s Mills, Jacob’s factory, while enjoying sight-seeing the architecture of Dublin city.


Venue: The Little Museum of Dublin, 15 St. Stephen’s Green, D.2

FREE Ticketed Event

Date: 18th March
Time: 1pm-2pm

The Past is Present: Lunchtime Talk Series Academics and writers inform you about the 1916 Easter Rising, and Dr. Margaret Ward talks about the life of Maud Gonne.

(N.B. this is not a wheelchair accessible event.)


St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Date:  17th March

Time: 12pm

Venue: Starts at Parnell Square, near the Hugh Lane Gallery and ends at St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Disability rights activist Joanne O’Riordain is this year’s grand marshal of the parade.  At just 19, she is the youngest ever grand marshal.  This vivacious young woman has the condition Tetra-amelia syndrome, which means that she was born without any limbs. The theme of this parade is ‘Imagine If’ where artists and musicians envision the future in 100 years’ time. Due to it being the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, the Irish state will probably feature as a theme of the parade. There will be music, dancing, street performers, and other entertainment.

In the Footsteps of St. Patrick-Walking Tour

Date:  17th March.
Time: 2:15 PM

Pat Liddy, historian and author will bring you on an interesting historical walk around Dublin and reveal the truth about St. Patrick in Ireland at that time.

The tour starts at the corner of Suffolk & Andrew Street and ends with a visit in St Patrick’s Cathedral.



Venue:  Merrion Square, D2 & Custom House Quay, D1

Date: 17th,19th & 20th March

Time: 11am-9pm Thurs 17th & Sat 19th
11am – 8pm Sun 20th
Cost: Varied

Enjoy riding high in the sky on the Ferris wheel, bumping into your friend on the dodgem cars, or swirling round and round in a waltzer.  This promises to be a fantastic day out for the whole family.


DIT Students Pageant

Students from the Dublin School of Creative Arts in Grangegorman, The Conservatory of Music and Drama in Rathmines as well as their colleagues from throughout the Dublin Institute of Technology have been involved in the creation and performance of this pageant piece.  The project is led by Barry Sheehan, Head of Design, Dublin School of Creative Arts, DIT.

The main component of an island is water.  In this cleverly created piece, a river flows through the streets of Dublin. Fish jump from the water and become birds.

Land emerges from the water, birds will land, and life will begin on the island. People will create their world around them. This pageant symbolises the continued creative cycle of life.


The Children’s Soapbox

Venue: The Ark Children’s Cultural Centre, 11A Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D.2

Date: March 18th
Times: 2 pm and 4 pm
Duration: Approx. 50mins

FREE Ticketed Event
Ages: 4+

Children are invited to express their hopes and dreams for Ireland’s future.  Artist Shaun Dunne will help the kids to create a soap box by using stories and poetry.  The children’s choir RTE Cór na nóg will sing a repertoire of songs that represent the words of the Children’s Council.



Date: 17th March


Cén áit/Where: Ardán Phort an Iarla, / Earlsfort Terrace, D2

Am/Time: 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Join us after the Parade to speak a few words in Irish and to listen to some traditional Irish music.

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