St. Patrick's Day
Join us in Ireland to enjoy the energy and excitement of St Patrick’s Day. Let’s turn the world green for a 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. St Patrick’s Festival returns to the streets of Dublin in spectacular fashion, with its biggest parade ever, a range of events in the Festival Quarter and live broadcasts from the festival’s virtual TV station SPF TV. Meanwhile in Armagh, the Home of St Patrick's Festival celebrates the saint's roots in Northern Ireland with a lively online programme of culture, comedy, 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 prepare to fill your heart with Ireland!
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 St Patrick’s Day like a local.
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.
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Follow St Patrick's footsteps across Ireland
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.