St Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, here’s what’s happening
17 March is a mere week away, as Ireland gears up for the most eventful St Patrick’s Day since 2019. And this year we have even more than Irishness and togetherness to celebrate – like the four day weekend that comes with the festivities. Whether you’re taking part in the local parade, catching a show, or taking it easy, here’s what we think you should keep an eye out for.
Green garden centre
Ballyseedy Home & Garden, in Tralee, Co Kerry, are celebrating the long-weekend, by hosting a St Patrick’s Day Festival. Catch arts, crafts, dance classes and performances by much-loved Irish Dance Music group ‘SuperCéilí’. As if that wasn’t draw enough, lucky customers might spot St Patrick himself. The events will kick off on 17 March with tickets available at ballyseedy.eventbrite.com and children under eight go free.
Go to market
Harley StrEAT food market is full open on St Patrick’s Day, with food trucks and live music making for the perfect post-parade treat. Bevs & Brews will be bringing back espresso martinis and will also have non alcoholic cocktails available. Taco Rebel will also be launching a new fish taco. The vibrant market opened last year in Cork’s Victorian Quarter, in the lane next to The Metropole Hotel. Outdoor seating is available on Harley Street which has views of the Lee and is home to one of the Ardú Street Art Project murals.
It wouldn’t be a Patrick’s Day weekend without a nod to uisce beatha. Renowned chef JP McMahon has curated a delicious Irish whiskey food pairing guide to mark the occasion. In collaboration with the Irish Whiskey Association, JP outlines multiple ways that Irish whiskeys, thanks to their depth and diversity, can go together with food, including bread and butter, Irish farmhouse cheeses, charcuterie, fish and shellfish, beef, lamb and poultry, along with chocolate and other desserts. Celebrate Irish food and drink by trialling some pairings at a restaurant or at home.
Kilkenny Tradfest the line-up will be sure to thrill any traditional music fan. The event takes place in tandem with the Kilkenny St Patrick’s festival, making the city the perfect destination for the bank holiday weekend. The packed 5-day programme kicks off on Wednesday, 16 March and runs to Sunday, 20 March. With concerts from many of Irelands acclaimed musicians including the legendary Paul Brady, Mairtín O Connor, Kevin Burke and many more it also includes an extensive Trad Trail with a wide variety of free music sessions with a mixture of trad, ballads and folk hosted by Kilkenny’s finest pubs.
The St Patrick’s Day Festival official merchandise makes up a capsule collection at The Home Moment. From turf-scented candles to canvas tote bags, they’re a far cry from gaudy green headbands. Plus, for every piece of St Patrick’s Festival Official Merch purchased, The Home Moment will donate €1 to Hometree to plant native species such as Scots pine, Willow and Alder. With this initiative, they hope to contribute to the rewilding of Ireland, and in turn offset some of the Festival carbon footprint this year.
A pint of plain
Back open for business, The Guinness Storehouse and Guinness Open Gate Brewery have announced the details of what they have in store this St Patrick’s Festival, which kicks off on Wednesday, 16 March. From live music to foodie heaven, the packed programme has something for everyone. We’re particularly excited for the Guinness Storehouse to host the ultimate Brewer’s Feast over three nights. The feast features a four-course tasting menu, curated exclusively by Storehouse chefs with entertainment and performances from spoken-word artist, FeliSpeaks, Irish artist, Carrie Baxter and Sorcha Richardson. Tickets cost €90 and are available to book here.
And if that isn’t enough Guinness for one long weekend, head to Pygmalion for a pop up Guinness micro-museum. There, you’ll find pints and photo ops galore. One of the highlights on display is a replica of the original 9,000-year lease for the world-famous St. James’s Gate brewery that was signed and sealed in 1759 by Arthur Guinness himself. You’ll also learn about the introduction of the brand’s trademark label, the harp; see Guinness’s first advertisement; and discover more about draught Guinness, the world’s first nitrogenated beer. Plus, visit on 15 or 16 March and you can have a STOUTie, a pint of Guinness printed with your own selfie on the head of the iconic black and white stout. Oh, and take a look at the Six Nations trophy – all for free!
Dundrum Town Centre will be hosting a family friendly activation on St Patrick’s Day. Three years in the making, this year it will be bigger and better than ever before. The theme is ‘Connections’, and the idea is to have customers reconnect with family and friends. It celebrates contemporary and traditional Irish arts, culture and heritage with a full line-up of entertainment starting at 12 noon and closing out at 6pm. People visiting the Centre are encouraged to check out the stage on Town Square throughout the day to see the live performances.
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