St Patrick's Day
No matter where you are in the world, you can enjoy the energy and excitement of St Patrick’s Day!
Every St Patrick’s Day, communities from Belfast to Cork showcase their Irish pride through a range of events, bringing the world together to experience that famous Irish spirit. In 2021 Dublin’s St Patrick’s Festival hosted 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 celebrated the saint's roots in Northern Ireland with a lively online programme of culture, music and dance.
No matter where you are, St Patrick’s Day is a time to don some green, dust off your festive spirit and be prepared to fill your heart with Ireland!
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.
Who was Saint Patrick and why is he so important in Ireland? And how can you experience Saint Patrick in Ireland? Tune in to the “Longing for Ireland” podcast where we talk to Martina Purdy, former BBC political correspondent turned nun and now guide at the Saint Patrick Centre, and the Centre’s director, Dr Tim Campbell. Listen now
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
Follow St Patrick's footsteps across Ireland
Rock of Cashel - St. Patrick's Rock
The Rock of Cashel, found in County Tipperary is an iconic ecclesiastical site and one of Ireland’s top attractions. The group of medieval buildings are located near the centre of Cashel Town and offer stunning vistas of the surrounding farmlands.
Down Cathedral and Saint Patrick's Grave
Down Cathedral, a Cathedral of the Church of Ireland with magnificent stain glass windows, box pews and beautiful organ case was built in 1183 as a Benedictine Monastry. The patron saint, Patrick is believed to be buried in the nearby graveyard.