St Patrick’s Festival Dublin, 14 – 18 March 2019 Street parades, music and shamrocks are only a small part of Dublin’s annual St Patrick’s Festival. The other parts? Well, each year iconic landmarks across the city turn green, world-class museums host free workshops and guided history walks take in famous sites including St Patrick’s Cathedral and the Guinness Storehouse. Throw in spoken-word trails, singing workshops, film screenings and the world’s largest outdoor céilí, and you've got the ultimate St Patrick’s experience. Five great days not to be missed. Or for something with a more local vibe, head out of the city to Swords, Skerries and other Dublin towns where they certainly put on a show! Experience colourful festivals and a carnival atmosphere all weekend, and celebrate all things St Patrick with the locals. Home of St Patrick Festival, 8 – 18 March 2019 Where better to celebrate Ireland’s patron saint than the very place he called home? Armagh and Downpatrick are where pious Patrick founded his first churches way back in the 5th century and it’s here that you’ll find The Home of St Patrick Festival. From the moment the church bells ring out in unison across both counties, a delightful celebration kicks off, with cathedral concerts, sacred ceremonies and endless activities. Celebrate around Ireland Sligo St Patrick's Day Parade, 17 March For 49 years, Sligo has been bursting into colour on St Patrick's Day with fantastic family events, elaborate floats and a lively parade that winds through the heart of the town. Limerick St Patrick's festival, 15 – 18 March Fireworks, marching bands and even a couple of trad sessions... why have just one day for celebrating St Patrick's when you can have four? Killarney St Patrick's Festival, 15 – 18 March Killarney is celebrating in style with their extravagant four-day festival with street céilís, treasure hunts and fun for all the family. Belfast St Patrick's Day Carnival and Parade, 17 March Come St Patrick's Day, Belfast is awash with green at City Hall, St George's Market and Customs House Square. Cork St Patrick's Festival, 15 – 18 March Carnivals, concerts and a parade that marches down St Patrick's Street and along the River Lee. Patrick would approve. Galway St Patrick's Festival, 15 – 17 March Celebrating its 117th year, Galway's St Patrick's Parade knows how to stun with its otherworldly floats and curious costumes. Kilkenny St Patrick's Festival 15 – 18 March With a vintage fun fair, tasty food market and an impressive brass and reed band, Kilkenny will be in high spirits all weekend for their St Patrick's Day festivities. Waterford St Patrick's Day Parade, 17 March Celebrating colour, culture and community in this year's theme, the St Patrick's Day Parade in Waterford is sure to shine as it winds through the city streets. Derry~Londonderry Spring Carnival, 16 – 17 March Prepare to be dazzled by the colourful costumes and atmosphere in the Spring Carnival as the Walled City celebrates St Patrick and the return of spring. Explore more 9 St Patrick's Day FactsFrom slaves to snakes to becoming a saint, how many of these 9 St Patrick facts do you know? St Patrick's Day Recipes6 mouth-watering traditional Irish recipes, including Guinness stew, smoked salmon and brown bread. Celebrating St PatrickSee how Ireland celebrates its patron saint and the best things to do there when March rolls around!