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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin

February 26, 2014 by

Dublin Goes Green

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by the Irish and the Irish-at-heart around the world on March 17 each year. For an authentic St. Patrick’s Day experience, there’s no better place to celebrate than Dublin, the birth place of this festive holiday.

While it all started as an Irish religious feast day in honor of the country’s patron saint, today Dublin marks the day with an international festival that celebrates Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green for an entire weekend.

Dublin FairSt. Patrick’s Festival

The 2014 St. Patrick’s Day celebrations start the weekend of March 14, when Dublin will be aglow with green as some of Dublin’s most iconic buildings “Go Green.”

The St. Patrick’s Festival has grown into a major international festival and this year, the dates will run from Friday, March 14 to Monday the 17th. Along with greening of the city, other activities festival goers can expect to enjoy include fairs, walking tours, treasure hunts, plenty of Guinness at the pubs, and more.

It’s interesting to note that originally, because St. Patrick’s Day was a religious holiday, all the pubs were closed for the day, but in 1970 it was changed to a national holiday and ever since, the taps flow freely as celebrants experience the day.


Other Things to Do and See

Dublin is a charming cosmopolitan that offers plenty to do no matter when you visit. Enjoy the local pubs and cafes and delight in contemporary entertainment with your food and drink.

Take time out to visit the Dublin Zoo, or learn about the colorful history of the city by following a heritage trail or visiting one of its museums or art galleries. Dublin features a wide range of other visitor attractions to suit just about every interest. You can even eat at a castle.

As the birthplace of St. Patty’s Day, Ireland is no doubt the most exciting and festive play to enjoy the holiday.

Photo credits: stpatricksfestival

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  1. Penny W. says:

    Sounds like the place to be for St. Paddy’s Day! Wish I could be there.

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