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!
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!
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.
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.