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    See what Ireland has in store for you

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    Ireland's National Day

    Sure, you have to stay home. But that won’t stop you enjoying the energy and excitement of Ireland's National Day. We've gone online and the whole world is invited to the party!

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    Bringing Ireland into your home

    First things first: you won't be able to visit us for Ireland's National Day this year because we're all being asked to avoid non-essential travel to the island until further notice. But you can enjoy the next best thing by tuning in online where a kaleidoscope of colour, culture and creativity awaits. 

    From Belfast to Cork, communities will showcase their Irish pride through virtual events, bringing the world together to experience that famous Irish spirit. In Dublin, the St Patrick’s Festival (March 12-17) will host a dedicated on-site TV channel, broadcasting an array of live performances, culminating in a spectacular virtual parade. Meanwhile in Armagh, the At Home with St Patrick's Festival celebrates the saint's roots in Northern Ireland with a lively online programme of culture, music and dance.

    So no matter where you are, don some green, dust off your festive spirit and be prepared to fill your heart with Ireland on Ireland's National Day!

    Ireland's National Day 2021 – it's happening, it's online and it's live in your living room!

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    Ireland's National Day at Home

    The celebrations are going virtual and it's all happening online. This year we're bringing Ireland to you. Tune in on 17 March...

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    Do it your way

    From putting on your own traditional music show to trying your hand at some classic Irish recipes – here's how you can experience Ireland's National Day like a local.

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    Ireland's National Day celebrations

    Enjoy Ireland's National Day from the comfort of home with fabulous digital events across the island.

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    Behind the myth

    The story of St Patrick has captivated the world. As a boy, he was captured from either Wales or Scotland and sent to Slemish Mountain in County Antrim as a slave. He tended sheep on this quiet mountainside before escaping home, where he had a vision telling him to return to Ireland and spread the message of Christianity.

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    Saul Church, Downpatrick, County Down

    Patrick left his mark on the island of Ireland, from the iconic Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary to the breathtaking peak of County Mayo's Croagh Patrick, a site of pilgrimage for many. But it's in the counties of Armagh and Down in Northern Ireland where his legacy is strongest: at tiny Saul Church, built on the site of Patrick's first church in Ireland, in the city of Armagh where two cathedrals are dedicated to him, and in Down Cathedral, where he was finally laid to rest.

    Did you know: 5 St Patrick facts

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    Why 17 March?
    The date marks the saint's death. Patrick died in 461 in Saul, County Down. He is buried in the grounds of Down Cathedral in Downpatrick, County Down.
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    When was the first parade?
    The first St Patrick’s Day parade actually took place in Boston in the United States in 1737. Ireland's first parade was held in Waterford in 1903.
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    Was St Patrick Irish?
    No, he wasn't born here. St Patrick was thought to have originally come from either Wales or Scotland.
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    Why do people wear green?
    Green is a colour now synonymous with St Patrick’s Day and Irish pride but until the 19th century, the colour associated with St Patrick was actually blue.
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    Why is St Patrick associated with shamrocks?
    According to legend, St Patrick used the shamrock as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity when he first introduced Christianity to Ireland.

    Follow St Patrick's footsteps across Ireland

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    Saul Church

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    The Saint Patrick Centre

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    Hill of Tara

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    Downpatrick Head

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    Rock of Cashel

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    Slemish

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    Croagh Patrick

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    Lough Derg Place of Pilgrimage

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    Hill of Slane

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    Down Cathedral and Saint Patrick's Grave

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