Your Must Do Top 3
The annual four day long St. Patrick’s Festival is fast upon us culminating in the magical parade of March 17th. The build up to the big day will include some great entertainment and the St. Patrick’s Festival 2015 is packing some serious punch for all the family. Here’s the Dublin Visitor Centre team’s Top 3 picks for this year’s festivities.
There is nothing better than an old fashioned traditional Irish Ceili. Thanks to Riverdance Irish (ceili) dancing has become an international phenomena, and this year a massive music & dance Ceili will take place at the top of Grafton Street on March 16th. From 4.30pm you’ll be able to soak up the atmosphere and join in the spirit of Irish traditional dance with this afternoon dancing spectaclar! No experience required – just a pair of hands for clapping and a foot for tapping…. along to the music!
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade really is a sight to behold. To get one of the best viewing spots in the city get early and grab a spot by the Bank of Ireland, overlooked by Trinity College, on College Green. The kids will be amazed by the wonderful floats, performance artists and marching bands that make up the spectacle of colour and sound. After the parade head over to Dublin Unlocked in nearby Temple Bar. Meeting House Square will be transformed into a child-friendly alcohol-free event – the perfect spot to enjoy the afternoon with music, food and a kids’ creative play area! It’s only €5 in and children under 12 go free!
The big wheel will be giving birds eye views of Dublin for the whole St. Patrick’s Festival. Wrap up warm as March 17th is notorious for having all four seasons in the one day – from snow and hail to rain and sunshine! Warm up afterward with a hot chocolate at the Merrion Square funfair! This annual event sees one of Dublin’s most impressive Georgian squares play home to waltzers, carousals, a Ferris wheel and candy floss machines galore! If that’s not enough the St. Patrick’s weekend will see a great family funfair in front of the Custom House too! Merrion Square is at the Heart of Dublin’s southern Georgian quarter and a five minute walk from St. Stephen’s green, while the Custom’s house sits in front of the river Liffey near Tara Street station.