Dublin gears up for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations


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Dublin is preparing to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a festival from March 15 to 18. The festival theme, “Spréach” or spark, aims to represent the unique essence of Ireland and its people.

Daithí de Róiste, Lord Mayor of Dublin, expressed excitement about the upcoming festival. “I’m especially looking forward to being a part of the parade and seeing the eye-catching Lord Mayor’s Coach on our city’s streets once again,” he said.

The Lord Mayor also mentioned that he intends to visit the Festival Quarter at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, which features various events suitable for all age groups.

Richard Tierney, CEO of St. Patrick’s Festival, acknowledged the immense collaborative effort required from artists, arts workers, live events teams, and community organisations across the country to bring the national festival to life.

I congratulate the St. Patrick’s Festival Board and team for once again creating such a fantastic celebration of so much inspiring Irish talent,” said Tierney.

Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Minister Catherine Martin described St. Patrick’s Day as a global celebration of Irish culture and creative talent, welcoming visitors from around the world.

Across the world people celebrate St Patrick’s Day and it is a great opportunity for Ireland to showcase its culture and creative talent as well as encouraging visitors from far and wide.

Catherine Martin T.D, Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Minister.

“This programme of events has something for everyone to come and enjoy while the Festival Quarter keeps the ‘Spréach’ or spark lit for the community,” said Martin.

What to expect at the festival

St. Patrick’s Day festival is expected to attract half a million visitors this year. The organisers have launched the festival’s programme. The celebrations will include the One City, One Festival Programme that will run continuously through the festival from Thursday to Sunday.

The parade will showcase 18 pageants, 14 marching bands, and over 4,000 participants, making it the largest National St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

This year’s festival will include a new pageant featuring a collaboration between the St. Patrick’s Festival Community Arts programme and the North-East Inner-City Partnership (NEIC). Other pageants will include displays from Bui Bolg, Spraoi, Inishowen Carnival, The Outing Queer Arts Collective, Artastic and Dublin Cycling Campaign.

There will be various live events thanks to the contribution of renowned arts organisations, including Abbey Theatre, CoisCéim Dance Theatre and This Is Pop Baby.

Interestingly, Festival Quarter will be held on March 16-17, where people can enjoy various entertainment from music, dance, workshops, games and food, all free during the daytime.

On Saturday, the second day of the festival, traditional and contemporary Irish music will be performed at An Halla Mór, a 3,000-seat outdoor tented main stage area featuring performances by Síolta Circus and Tumble Circus. Engaging science experiments of Mark the Science Guy will also be showcased.

On the same day, The Ruaille Braille Tent will feature various performances throughout the afternoon with Grooveline, Code of Behaviour, and more on the lineup. Meanwhile, the GOAL Rí Rá Bandstand in Clarke Square will present a diverse mix of music, including performances by artists who have made Ireland their home, such as Bollywood Ireland and Lapree Lala.

The next day, spectators can watch the traditional Irish event, Céilí Mór, on the main stage with Dearbhla Lennon. Faró, Louise Mulcahy and Ispíní na hÉireann will also perform during the day, before finishing up with a barnstorming set by Denise Chaila and friends.

The Rí Rá Bandstand will have continuous music throughout the day with acts like Alfi, Mo Cultivation, Trá Pháidín, The Deadlians and more. In addition, An Tigín, a traditional Irish snug but in festival form, will take place with the Baltimore Fiddle Fair appearing throughout the day. Meanwhile, Féila na Gealaí will dominate the Ruaille Buaille Tent, with pop-up performances around the site by Bang Bike Belfast and Acid Granny.

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