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Saint Patrick's Day & Festival 2014

Travelling to Dublin this March for St. Patricks Weekend? Great! As there is plenty of exciting events taking place in Dublin for the whole weekend that you won’t want to miss!

St. Patrick’s Festival 2014

Thursday 13th March to 17th March - Irish Craft Beer & Food Market:

A celebration of Irish crafts brewing, Irish whiskey and Irish artisan food. An indoor event so you don’t need to worry about the weather as you browse the stalls, enjoy a master class to two and soak up the festive atmosphere and live music

Location: inside CHQ, IFSC, Dublin 1

Food Market Times: Daily 10am - 8pm

Price: Free

Irish Craft Beer & Whiskey Bar Times:

Thursday 13th (5pm-10pm), Friday 14th - Monday 17th (12.30pm-10pm)

Price: Free before 6pm Thursday 13th & Friday 14th, after 6pm entry is €5

€5 Entry Saturday 15th - Monday 17th

Friday 14th March to 18th March - In the footsteps of St. Patrick- Walking Tour:

Take a guided tour to St. Patricks Cathedral to celebrate Ireland’s national patron saint, led by author Pat Liddy. The tour will uncover some fascinating stories about the legacy of St. Patrick and all that followed! The tour will take you to some famous ancient sites and also to some medieval cathedrals such as Christ Church and St. Patricks Cathedral.

Location: Discover Ireland Centre, Suffolk Street

Time: 11:00am and 2:30pm

Price: The tour costs €14.00 (€12.00 senior or student) per person including entrance into St. Patricks Cathedral, Under 16s with an adult are free on walk but €4.00 entry into Cathedral.


Friday 14th March – Greening The City:

Watch as some of Dublin’s most iconic buildings Go Green to celebrate the Festival with us.

Location: Iconic Buildings across Dublin

Time: 4pm

Price: Free!

Friday 14th March - Festival Céilí:

Gather in St Stephens Green for a day to remember with your dancing shoes on as you take part in and Irish Ceili. Learn the traditional dancing steps and sing along to some live traditional Irish music and enjoy a great atmosphere.

Location: St Stephens Green

Time: 4:30pm to 7:30pm

Price: Free


Friday 14th March to 17th March - City at Play:  

A great day out for the whole family with Fun Fairs in a number of locations across the city. From carousels to roller coasters to Ferris wheels, there is something for everyone!  

Location: Merrion Square West

Times: Friday 14th March: 6pm to 10pm

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th March: 11am to 10pm

Monday 17th March : 11am to 9pm

Location: Custom House Quay

Times: Saturday 15h March & Sunday 16th March: 11am to 10pm

Monday 17th March: 11am to 9pm

Price: Varied

Saturday 15th March 2014 – Festival Treasure Hunt

This is an event you won’t want to miss for families with people of all ages!  Follow your treasure hunt through some of Dublin’s famous landmark building. Solve all the mystery clues and race back to the Treasure Hunt base at City Hall to record your great adventure and there are some great prizes for the winners!

You will need to register online, registering line will open soon!

How to Play:
• Enter in teams of four
• Register at City Hall and receive your team pack
• Answer all questions in the venues
• Collect stamps from each participating venue from identifiable festival staff
• Return to City Hall and receive your time of completion
• the winners will be posted on St Patrick’s Festival website

Location: Dublin City Hall Dame Street

Time: 10am

Price: Available on Entry


Saturday 15th March – Ceili House Live

For a night of great entertainment, visit the national concert hall for Ceili House Live! With special guests such as music legend Frankie Gavin and Ireland most influential Trad group De Dannan as they preform together to give and amazing performance, also including performances from one of Ireland’s newest exciting young Trad Bands scene recent years! It is promised to be an unforgettable evening

Location: National Concert Hall, Main Auditorium

Time: 8:00pm

Price: €35, €30, €25, €18 (Choir Balcony)
15% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall
15% discount for Groups of 10 or more


Sunday 16th  March – Castle Hotel St Patrick’s Day Gala Dinner

Join us here at the Castle Hotel on the night of the 16th March for our Gala Dinner - A 5 Course meal for €35.00 per person with a great night of Live Traditional Irish Music. View our Menu Here:

Telephone The Castle Hotel for table bookings on 353-1-8746949 or email us at for more information


Sunday 16th March – The Gannon Cup – University Boat Race

An exciting annual race between rivals University College Dublin and Trinity College will take place as they race each other down the River Liffey from O’Connell Street Bridge right down to St. James Gate where it finishes.

Location: O’Connell Bridge

Time: From 9:30am with main race will beginning at 11am.

Price: Free

Sunday 16th March - The Big Day Out

Come along for a great day out to Dublin’s street carnival set in the beautiful Georgian area of Dublin. Enjoy some live street performances, Irish Language events, Music, dancing, open air shows and lots more!

Location: Merrion Square, Dublin 2

 Time: 12:00 PM

 Price: Free


Sunday 16th March – Irish Film- Finian’s Rainbow

Based on the 1947 Broadway hit, Francis Ford Coppola’s musical, is about a charming leprechaun and a pot of gold and a comment on 1960s US racial politics. Finian Mc Lonergan is the wizened, a twinkle toed Irishman who plants a stolen pot of gold near Fort Knox believing it will make his fortune. But he and his beautiful daughter Sharon cross paths with wily leprechaun

Location:  IFI, Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

 Time: 1:30 AM

 Price: €4.80 per person, €14.40 family ticket (2 adults, 2 children - 1 adult, 3 children)

17th March – Saint Patrick’s Day


Monday 17th March - Saint Patrick’s Day Festival Parade:

Each year on the 17th March a St Patricks Day parade is held through the streets of Dublin, starting on Parnell Square (Beside the Castle Hotel) continuing down O’Connell Street, up Dame Street passing Christ Church Cathedral before finishing at St Patrick’s Cathedral. Thousands of people gather in the streets of Dublin to watch the parade go by. Ireland’s leading pageant companies and marching bands from around the world will make the streets come alive in spectacular style. Each year a special guest will be the grand marshal of the parade but who this will be is yet to be confirmed. The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is an annual event that creates great memories and great atmosphere for all Irish people and to people visiting Ireland who have never experienced it before. It promises to be a great day to remember for the whole family.

Location: From Parnell Square

Time: 12pm

Price: Free


Monday 17th March - Saint Patrick’s Day at the Castle Hotel 

We have an excellent On the Go Menu of delicious meals to keep you satisfied for your hectic day of activities ahead. Then settle in for a night of great Live Traditional Irish Music with Ray Cox. View our Menu Here: