St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Venue:  All across Dublin Website: www.stpatricksfestival.ie Price: FREE Date:  March 16- 19th  Time: various

ImageHere is the moment you have been waiting for all semester! St. Patrick’s Day has arrived! Dublin will come alive with pageantry, carnivals and free entertainment from 16th – 19th March, drawing from the very best in Irish and international talent. Lets take a look at what’s on:


The Parade

Where: City Centre, starting at Parnell Square, Dublin 1

When: 17th March

Ireland’s leading pageant companies and marching bands will make the streets come alive in spectacular style on 17th March.

HOW? WHAT? WHY? is the theme for the 2012 St. Patrick’s Festival Parade which will explore the wonder and curiosity of science. A selection of science related questions that children may ask have been explored by Ireland’s leading pageant companies who each will present their imaginative, colourful and thought provoking creations.


City at Play – Funfairs

Where: Merrion Square. Wolfe Tone Park. Custom House Quay.

When: 16th – 19th March

From carousels to roller coasters, family attractions to ferris wheels there is something for everyone at the Funfairs. Dare to be suspended upside down, turned over or whisked through the air.


Father Ted Weekend
Where: The Laughter Lounge, Eden Quay, Dublin 1
When: Friday 16th – Sat 17th , 8.30pm,

Tickets: €25, available from www.laughterlounge.com  
Each night audiences will be treated to great comedy from two of the most popular characters from the Father Ted television series including the wonderful Joe ‘Father Damo’ Rooney who famously stole a whistle from the policeman and Patrick ‘Eoin McLove’ McDonnell who stole Mrs. Doyle’s heart. Nights will be themed with venue and staff in fancy dress, a lovely girls competition and refreshments like Mrs Doyle’s Craggy Island Iced Tea.


Festival Ceili
St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

When: Friday 16th March, 4.30pm -7.30pm 
You don’t have to be Jean Butler or Michael Flatley to be part of the Festival’s outdoor celebration of traditional Irish dancing. Expert callers, dancers and musicians will guide you along the way.  Learn the steps, enjoy live traditional music and soak up the atmosphere on the streets of Dublin as the Festival celebrations begin. Dance the evening away and enjoy the jigs and reels, even if you do have two left feet!

Quackser Fortune has a Cousin in the Bronx
Where: Irish Film Insititute, Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
When: Sat 17th March, 4.20pm

IFI Irish Film Archive presents one of the best-loved, least-seen films from its collection. Quackser Fortune is a bizarre romantic comedy starring Gene Wilder (in an admirably restrained performance) as a Dublin horse-manure salesman who falls in love with Zazel (Margot Kidder later Lois Lane), a swinging young Trinity student.  They are joined by a great local cast including Eileen Colgan, May Ollis and the irrepressible David Kelly. All is rosy in their world until the city’s work-horses, whose droppings provide Quackser’s livelihood, are replaced by cars and Zazel must return to America. 

Big Day Out
Where: Merrion Square, Dublin 2 
When: Sunday 18th March, 12pm
Set in the heart of Georgian Dublin, Big Day Out offers a celebration of Irish street arts and more for all the family to enjoy.  Performances will be presented around Merrion Square Park, with a wide variety of open air shows from leading professional street theatre artists. 


Dublin University Boat Race
Where: From O’Connell Bridge to St. James Gate Brewery
When: Monday 19th March, 8.30am

The Dublin University Boat Races between Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin is an annual contest between fierce local rivals.  It takes place on 19th March on the River Liffey from O’Connell Bridge to St James Gate Brewery. The novice races will commence at 8.30am and the senior men’s race, the Gannon Cup, will be contested at 10am.


Treasure Hunt

Where: Registration at City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2

When: Monday, 19th March

The Treasure Hunt is a fun-filled, family, free event. Uniting a collection of Dublin’s venues and institutions, the trail invites participants to discover and solve the clues that lie within while finding out about Dublin’s rich history. A unique and delightful opportunity to discover and appreciate Dublin while competing for prizes along the way.


Irish Craft Beer Festival

Where: Georges Dock, IFSC, Dublin 1

When: 14th -18th March

Over 15,000+ are expected to attend the inaugural Irish Craft Beer and Artisan Food Village on the St. Patrick’s bank holiday weekend, March 14-18.The free, five-day festival is a celebration of Ireland’s finest craft beer, and includes artisan food providers, live music and entertainment for all ages. The festival is being held at George’s Dock at the IFSC, located in the heart of the city, which is re-known for hosting large, successful events such as OctoberFest and Christmas Market.


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