PATRICK’S FESTIVAL WAS ESTABLISHED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF IRELAND IN NOVEMBER 1995.
The principal aim of St. Patrick’s Festival, since its inauguration, is to develop a major annual international festival around the national holiday over which the ‘owners’ of the festival, the Irish people, would stand proud. It sets out to reflect the talents and achievements of Irish people on many national and world stages, and it acts as an exciting showcase for the manifold skills of the people of Ireland, of every age and social background.
As the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish.
There are many events taking place in our area
St. Patrick’s Festival Parade
12:00 PM, Thu, 17 Mar
Imagine If … ’ the theme for the Festival Parade is inspired by the imagination of the youth of Ireland as they look to the future … the next 100 years. Ireland’s leading pageant companies have responded artistically and will bring these thoughts and ideas to life with spectacular pageantry and performance.
Bands from Ireland will be joined by music ensembles from the USA, UK and Brittany, to deliver uplifting rhythms.
This future thematic marks the final instalment of an exciting creative trilogy of past, present and future embarked upon in 2014.
City at Play: Funfairs
From waltzers to family attractions to the carousel, there is something for everyone at the Funfairs. Dare to be suspended upside down, turned over or whisked through the air. A firm festival favourite, the Funfairs will light up the city with colourful carnival fairgrounds. Whether you are young or young at heart come along!
Big Day Out
11:55 AM, Sun, 20 Mar
Merrion Square will be transformed for this exciting day-long carnival, bursting with energy, colour and whimsical antics. Be wowed by sensational theatrics, mind-boggling workshops, fantastical magic shows and rousing music.
Children can enter The Book of Learning inside a Georgian House where UNESCO City of Literature opens up a world of magic, craft, creative writing and pet rats! Just around the corner, SFI Science Zone gives budding scientists a chance to experiment with the enchanting world of science through amazing workshops, explosive shows and enthralling exhibitions.
Enjoy getting your hands dirty at the Keelings Love to Grow Children’s Garden, where the first Irish strawberry of 2016 will be revealed. With planting, digging, hands-on workshops including how to create a seed bomb, this beautiful temporary garden is not to be missed. Keelings’ team will be on hand to help and you’re never too old to get your picture taken with the giant Keelings Strawberry!
Applaud the awesome feats of clowning, acrobatics and juggling of Cirque du Gael – the world’s first and foremost and funniest and fabulous-est Irish language circus!
With lots more fun to choose from, why not head into the city, we are just around the corner, with full deli’s open on the day in all stores. Click on the link to view the full events guide.