St. Patrick's Week Event Guide | Dublin
Back in the day, Dublin celebrated St. Patrick's Day with a parade, but the celebrations have come a long way since then. These days Ireland's capital paints the town green for a whole week and sure why not? The problem is - with every Tom, Dick and Paddy hosting a shamrock-stuffed event - it can be hard to figure out what's worth going to. To make it easier for you, we've put together a list of some of Dublin's best Paddy's Week events.
St. Patrick's Festival Parade | 17th March
The Dublin St. Patrick's Day Parade is going to be bigger than ever this year. Fair enough, we probably hear that ever year, but for 2013 it's getting an extra special extension. Don't worry, there'll still be more marching bands and performers than you can shake a snake on a stick at but you'll also get to see The People's Parade. For those of you who live under rocks, it's the year of The Gathering and The People's Parade has invited up to 8,000 of Ireland's diaspora to march on Paddy's Day. Already more than 5,000 People's Paraders have registered so looks like the parade will definitely be bigger this year. Literally.
People's Parade: Starting at Parnell Square, 11.00am
Main parade: Starting at Parnell Square, 12.00pm
AIB GAA Club Championship All-Ireland Finals | 17th March
Nothing says Irish like a bit of GAA and the Club Championship All-Ireland Finals is the perfect post-parade entertainment for sports fans. This year Offaly's Kilcormac-Killoughey will be taking on Galway's St. Thomas in the hurling final (2.00pm) and Dublin's Ballymun Kickhams will go head to head with Roscommon's St. Brigid's in the football (3.45pm)
Venue: Croke Park
Kickoff: Hurling, 2.00pm. Football, 3.45pm.
Tickets: Go to www.gaa.ie/tickets
I Love my City Events | 14th - 18th March
Even if we don't always show it, deep down, we really do love this 'ol city and this series of events (which is a new addition to the Dublin St. Patrick's Festival) gives you the chance to relight your fire for Dublin City. From talks on The Wonder of Snakes to film screenings of specially produced shorts there's loads to keep you occupied during Paddy's week and it's all free.
Events are happening at various venues around the city. Admission is free, but places are limited so booking is essential. To register for an event go to www.stpatricksfestival.ie
Funfairs | 15th - 18th March
That's right... funfairs! Three locations across Dublin (Merrion Square West, Wolfe Tone Park and Custom House Quay) will be kitted out with roller coasters, family attractions, ferris wheels and all other manner of fairground fun to keep you entertainment during St. Patrick's week. This week is all about going green after all (but in a good way obviously).
Merrion Square West (15th - 18th March)
Friday - Sunday: 11.00am - 11.00pm, Monday: 11.00am - 9.00pm
Custom House Qauy (16th - 17th March)
Saturday and Sunday: 10.00am - 10.00pm, Monday: 10.00am - 8.00pm
Comedy: Best of Irish | 14th - 16th Match
St. Patrick’s day is all about celebrating the best things about being Irish and if there’s one thing you can say about the Irish it’s that we’re funny feckers. With that in mind the Laughter Lounge is bringing together 10 of the best Irish stand-up comedians to battle it out in their Comedy: Best of Irish shows where the winner will be decided by the audience. Basically, this is your chance to have your say in one of the most influential decisions to be made in Ireland this year.
Venue: The Laughter Lounge
Irishfest | 13th - 18th Match
With all this Paddy’s Day celebrating it’ll only be a matter of time before your tummy starts grumbling “feed me!” That’s your queue to head down to Irishfest in the IFSC where you can pay your respects to our patron saint by filling up on Ireland’s finest craft beer and artisan food with a side of live-music.
Venue: George's Dock at IFSC
Time: 12.00pm - 12.30am
Admission: Free before 7.00pm and €5 after (13th - 15th). €5 all day (16th - 18th)
Looking to get out of the city for Paddy's Week? Check out our St. Patrick's Week Guide for the rest of Ireland.
Story by entertainment.ie | 12:42 | Wednesday 6th March 2013 | Microsite