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Our top picks for an Irish St Patrick's Celebration

It's that time of year again when Ireland lights up with the spirit of St. Patrick's Day. Celebrated across the world, St. Patrick's Day is a feast of festivities, with parades, music, and drinks flowing freely. And there's no better place to experience the fun than in Ireland itself. One of the best things about celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Ireland is the people. The Irish are known for their warm hospitality and welcoming nature, and this is on full display during the St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Don't be surprised if you make new friends during your time in Ireland!

Take a look at World Travellers top picks for the ultimate St Patricks Day celebrations in the emerald isle.



Dublin is the epicenter of St. Patrick's Day festivities not just in Ireland but in the whole world! The city's parade is a kaleidoscope of colour, with floats, dancers, and marching bands. Once the parade is over, the streets come alive with music, street performances, and tons of fun at the famous Temple Bar area. The pubs and bars of Dublin are in full swing, serving traditional Irish dishes and plenty of Guinness.

Besides the festivities, Dublin is a city filled with history and culture. Visit Trinity College, Dublin Castle, and the Guinness Storehouse to get a glimpse of the city's iconic landmarks. Dublin's museums and galleries also offer a chance to learn more about Irish history and culture.



Galway is a lively city on the west coast of Ireland and a hub of St. Patrick's Day celebrations. The parade is a showcase of Irish culture with traditional music, dance, and performances. After the parade, the Latin Quarter of Galway is the place to be for live music and street performers. Take a stroll along the River Corrib, visit the Spanish Arch, or explore the medieval streets of the city centre. Galway also offers easy access to the stunning natural beauty of the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands.



Cork is the second-largest city in Ireland and home to one of the country's largest St. Patrick's Day parades. The parade winds its way through the city centre, with music, floats, and costumes. A family-friendly event that typically starts around 1 pm and runs for about an hour and a half. Cork City Gaol and Fitzgerald's Park are popular spots for live music, entertainment, and activities for all ages after the parade. And of course, you must try some of the city's famous drinks, like Murphy's or Beamish.



Limerick is a historic city in the mid-west of Ireland that hosts a three-day St. Patrick's Day festival, with a parade, live music, and tons of entertainment. The city's famous boat parade is a must-see, with boats decorated with green and white lights. The parade typically starts around noon and runs for about two hours. Limerick has a rich history and plenty of sights to explore. Visit King John's Castle, St. Mary's Cathedral, or the Treaty Stone, which marks the signing of the Treaty of Limerick. The beautiful River Shannon runs through the city, and a river cruise is a great way to see the sights from a different perspective.



Kilkenny is a medieval city in the southeast of Ireland, and the St. Patrick's Day parade there is a festive and lively celebration of Irish culture. The parade typically starts around noon and runs for about an hour and a half, featuring marching bands, community groups, and local businesses. Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice's Cathedral, or the medieval mile are some of the sights you should explore while in the city. The Smithwick's Brewery Experience is also a must-see for beer lovers.



If you want a more traditional St. Patrick's Day experience, then head to Dingle in County Kerry. This small town hosts a parade featuring local schoolchildren, community groups, and traditional Irish musicians. The parade typically starts around noon and runs for about an hour. Dingle has a great food scene, with plenty of restaurants and cafes serving delicious Irish cuisine. Be sure to try some local favourites such as Dingle Bay crab, smoked salmon, or a hearty plate of fish and chips.


Travelling to Ireland on St. Patrick's Day is a bucket list experience that should be on everyone's radar! It's not just about the vibrant green landscapes or the charming pubs, but also the incredible atmosphere that the Irish people bring to the festivities. You'll find yourself swept up in a sea of green, with lively parades, traditional music, and of course, plenty of Guinness! From Dublin to Galway, there's no shortage of celebrations to join in on, and you'll quickly discover why this holiday is one of Ireland's most beloved. So get ready to don your finest green attire, raise a glass to St. Patrick, and join the party in the land of the leprechauns!

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