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Traveling to Dublin for St. Patty’s Day
St. Patty’s Day in Dublin
St. Patrick’s Day has become a worldwide holiday for those who are Irish, of Irish descent or simply want to be Irish for a day. However, the epicenter for partying and for celebrating this day has to be Dublin. It is here that the city plays host to the multi-day St. Patrick’s Festival. The 2012 event runs March 16-19.
The holiday became an official one in Ireland in 1903. It is named for Saint Patrick, as he helped popularize Christianity in Ireland. On St. Patrick’s Day, Lenten restrictions are lifted, many attend church, and green is the chosen color of the day when deciding what to wear. The shamrock is also celebrated on this day, as the three-leaf plant was used by Patrick to help him explain the doctrine of the Holy Trinity to the Irish.
One of the most exciting things to do in Dublin on St. Patty’s day is to attend The St. Patrick’s Festival. There will be plenty of music, theatre, carnivals and 4,000 performers entertaining the million of locals and visitors there for the festivities. The festival is an all out party and is promoted as a celebration full of warmth, fun and energy!
The most popular event in the festival is the parade, the largest one in the world connected to the holiday. Bands, floats and costumed performers entertain those lining the parade route. It is recommended to those desiring a good view to arrive early. The parade starts at 11 a.m. on March 17, but if you want to get the best spot for viewing, you should be there before 10 a.m.
Pubs will be especially lively on this day. The Temple Bar area of town is one to consider visiting. The parade route goes right by here, and a couple of the bars are especially noteworthy. Oliver St. John Gogarty’s pub has live Irish music and dancing plus a large food and drink selection. Porterhouse Brewing Company is Dublin’s first pub brewery. Classic beers and live music are on offer here every night. Other pub options include Brazen Head, Ireland’s oldest pub that was founded in 1198, and Ice Bar, which dates to 2001 but sits in a location that has hosted pubs since 1770.
Those who want to experience a little bit of Irish sporting flavor can attend the finals for the All-Ireland Senior Club Gaelic Football and Hurling Championships. Both of those games take place every St. Patrick’s Day at Croke Park in Dublin. Irish sports Gaelic football and hurling are among the three most popular spectator sports in Ireland. The other is soccer.
Written by Megan Gates
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