From March 13th-17th, 2020, the streets of Dublin will be packed to bursting with celebration. Traditional music and dance, Guinness, real and fake orange beards, laughter, green -lots of green- and prancing leprechauns (if you can spot them in the huge crowds) will be merrily strewn all across the city.
The festival organizers cancelled the annual parade (March 17th) and any mass gathering due to the Coronavirus [COVID-19].
Celebrated national holiday in the world. Much like Carnival in Rio De Janeiro, Oktoberfest in Munich, or Easter in Rome, St Patrick’s Day in Dublin is the most iconic and cultural place in the world to experience that Irish cheer.
Festivities flood the streets of Dublin for 4 whole days; just SOME of the festivities will include, but are most certainly not limited to:
Saint Patrick’s Day 2020 Schedule
Friday, March 13th:
SEODA – A Celtic Collaboration between Gruff Rhys (WAL) and Richard Egan (IRE)
Time: 8:15 PM (Doors open at 7:30 PM)
Place: Christchurch Palace, Christchurch Place
Tickets: Currently there’s a waitlist.
Gruff Rhys from Wales and Richard Egan from Ireland will collab to bring you the traditional Celtic music, of true Irish folk singing and dancing.
Saturday, March 14th:
St Patrick’s Festival & AMP
Time: 8:00 PM (Doors open at 7:30 PM)
Place: The Pepper Canister Church
Tickets: €18.50 (if purchased ahead of time)
If you missed the first day of Celtic music, don’t worry: Another collab including Northern Ireland and Scotland will give you a second chance to hear the traditional Celtic music.
Sunday, March 15th:
This Is How We Fly
Time: 8:15 PM (Doors open at 7:30 PM)
Place: Liberty Hall
Tickets: €20.00 (if purchased ahead of time)
A performance of mixed genres including dance and composition. Their new style of music is an opportunity to witness something new.
Monday, March 16th:
Colm Mac Con Iomaire Featuring Contempo Quartet
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: Vicar Street
Tickets: €28.00 (if purchased ahead of time)
There’s no better day to choose to hear the famous Irish fiddles then March 16. Why? Because one of best out there, Colm Mac, will be performing with the Contempo Quartet.
Tuesday, March 17th:
*The Parade has been cancelled
St. Patrick’s Festival Parade
Time: 12:01 PM
Place: City Centre, but starts in Parnell Square
Tickets: €70.00 (for seats in the Grandstand)
A bright and flamboyant world famous parade! Revelers will gather from all walks of life, from all over the world, and from every corner of the city to see Dublin’s outstanding display of pageantry, music ensembles, theatrical performances, exuberant costumes, and much much more.
Looking for ideas of where to eat or stay? See the travel section below
Why St Patrick’s Day In Dublin?
While celebrations commence all over the world on March 17th, there is absolutely no where better to celebrate than in Dublin; for there, in the streets and in the people, lies the heart and soul of Saint Patrick’s Day. You will feel and experience culture, exuberance, revelry, and Guinness like you never have before. Book your Dublin St Patrick’s room now.
The St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin is celebrated at the city centre, and starts at Parnell Square.
What To Do
As everyone in the world tends to celebrate St. Patrick’s day, you can bet your buns that everyone in Dublin celebrates, as well. For that, everywhere you go will be a wonderful experience bursting with culture and celebration.
National Leprechaun Museum
If you would like to delve into the enticing folklore of Ireland, you can prance your way over to the National Leprechaun Museum.
Johnnie Fox’s Pub
For an authentic Irish experience, you can visit the Johnnie Fox’s Pub; with over 200 years of business, the pub boasts some of the best food, drink, and traditional entertainment you can find in Ireland!
While the festivities are in action, many people opt for the “liquid diet,” also known as the beer diet.
Gogarty’s Pub and the Porterhouse
If you plan on join the club, Gogarty’s Pub and the Porterhouse come highly recommended for local microbrews.
For a pint of world famous Guinness, the Guinness Storehouse is going to be the most ideal place to go, complete with brewery tours and a brilliant 360 degree view of Dublin.
As for the good ol’ Irish grub, you can delight yourself to some home-cooking styled lamb rump at the Winding Stair
The Pig’s Ear
You can take an adventure with The Pig’s Ear and try something Irish with a unique modern twist, such as beetroot cured salmon and Dingle Gin.
Dublin Bay Prawn Festival
As well, the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival will be happening from march 17th-19th in the picturesque Howth Village. There will be an abundance of out-of-this-world seafood cuisine (with a focus on prawns, of course) in an upbeat festival atmosphere.
How To Get There
Conveniently, the Dublin Airport is located just 12km north of the center of the city.
From the airport, there are many different coaches, taxis, and buses happy to take you into town.
Whether you are coming from the southern part of Ireland, like Cork, or from the western part, like Limerick, you can find services to Dublin via the Heuston Train Station. If you are coming from the North Ireland Belfast or Sligo areas, you can take a train to Dublin using the Connolly Station.
You can take a bus to Dublin from pretty much any city in Ireland using Bus Eireann services. The bus terminal in Dublin is called Busaras, and it located only a 10 minute walk from the Connolly Train Station.
For ferry services to/from Wales and England, the Dublin Port has two mains routes: Liverpool to Dublin (about 7 hours) and Holyhead to Dublin (about 3 hours).
Also, from Liverpool you can take the P&O or Norfolk line services, and from Wales you can take the Irish Ferries and Stena services; there are also services from Scotland, but they stop in Liverpool along the way (this option is feasible, but not recommended).
If you are going to be driving into the festival for a day trip, it is recommended to leave your car at a Park and Ride station to avoid all of the inevitable and chaotic traffic.
Driving from Cork to Dublin takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes. Take the M8 from the N8, and continue on M8 to Kildare. From there, get on M50 and continue to Chapelizod Bypass and take exit 7. Follow Chapelizod to O’Connell St. in Dublin City.
Driving from Galway to Dublin takes about 2 hours and 10 minutes. Start off on Headford Rd and take that to the N6. The N6 will turn into the M6, then follow the M6 and M4 all the way to the N4 in South Dublin. From there, take N6 to O’Connell Street Lower in Dublin.
Driving from Belfast to Dublin takes about 2 hours. Start off on the A12 and take M1 to A1 in Lisburn. From there, take exit A1 and continue onto N1. Eventually, take M1 to E Wall Road in Dublin, from which you can then take exit R801 to O’Connell Street Lower in Dublin.
March 17th commemorates the day that Ireland’s dear Saint Patrick died. Once a young Roman boy enslaved by the Irish people in the 15th century, Patrick grew to Christianize the Pagan country using a shamrock and it’s three petals to demonstrate the Holy Trinity.
For this, it was once a strictly religious holiday where the Irish would have parades, wear green and shamrocks, and attend church. For the holiday, they would lift Lenten restrictions on drinking alcohol, which may be the cause of the well-known excessive drinking associated with St. Patrick’s Day today.
In 1995, the Government of Ireland set out to display the passion, creativity, and energy of the Irish by creating a huge annual festival that would welcome people from all over the world. Every year, it seems to grow in number and in exuberance.