St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Ireland

 Thursday, March 10, 2022

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The story of St Patrick often changes slightly depending on whom one asks. While it is the celebration of everything about Irish culture, Ireland itself is often lacking in traditions for the day of her patron saint. The celebration of St Patrick’s Day only properly came to prominence in Ireland during the 20th century. The traditions for St.Patrick’s Day revolve around a local parade, the wearing of green and a few drinks with friends and family during a traditional Irish music session. While these celebrations take a huge prominence in the USA,  the celebrations in Ireland are often a low key affair.

The 6 Nations Rugby tournament

The finals of the All Ireland Club Championships for hurling, camogie and Gaelic football take place in Croke Park, Dublin on March 17th every year. Thousands of people come to Dublin to watch the games which are also televised across the nation. The 6nations rugby tournament featuring Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy runs for approximately 6 weeks and usually ends around March 17. The Irish fans watching the game hopes for the Triple Crown, i.e. the 6 Nations Championship trophy or at least a big victory.

Belfast and Dublin

Dubliners organise a 5-day mega celebration in honour of the nation’s patron saint. Between the 15th and 19th of March Dublin goes green, organize a huge parade and host a 5k road race. There are plenty of music features and performances throughout the day. Belfast  celebrates the day around their City Hall and the Custom House Square. Carnival parades, live music, Irish dancing and traditional Irish music sessions are organized throughout the city’s bars.

Galway, Cork and Kerry

Galway natives will enjoy their St Patrick’s Day parade.their tradition stretches back over a century features a parade, live music and plenty of local artists out on show. Rebel County, Cork will host their own celebration between 16th and 18th of March. Cork is famed for its cuisine. Foodies will be spoiled at Barry’s Tea Market and Mahon Point Farmers Market on Emmet Place. They are specialists in local food producers bring the freshest and tastiest delicacies into the heart of the city. Kerry town of Killarney hosts one of Ireland’s most colourful St Patrick’s Day Parades with a fun festival combining street music and dance in a fabulous emerald green event.

Northern Ireland

The town where St Patrick built his first church and he the town where St Patrick built his first church and is buried also takes part in the celebrations with great enthusiasm. The cross community festival has a fun packed programme of live entertainment and family events. Armagh the town where St.Patrick set up his bishopric and the cathedral celebrate the festival to include a week long festival in honour of Ireland’s patron saint.

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