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    St Patrick's Day in Ireland

    Join us in Ireland to enjoy the energy and excitement of St Patrick’s Day. Let’s turn the world green for a day!

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    Every St Patrick’s Day, communities from Belfast to Cork on this national holiday showcase their Irish pride and celebrate the patron saint of Ireland 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, as well as across the city from the 16th – 19th March.

    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 clothing, dust off your festive spirit and prepare to fill your heart with Ireland!

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    Following in St Patrick's footsteps

    Here's where you can see Patrick's legacy around the island of Ireland.

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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 Irish culture and heritage on St Patrick’s Day like a local.

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    St Patrick’s Day in Ireland

    Want to see how we celebrate St Patrick’s Day on the island of Ireland? Check out these fabulous festivals!

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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.

    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

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    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

    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.
    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.
    Was St Patrick Irish?
    No, he wasn't born here. St Patrick was thought to have originally come from either Wales or Scotland.
    Why do people wear green?
    The colour green is now synonymous with St Patrick’s Day and Irish pride but until the 19th century, the colour associated with St Patrick was actually blue.
    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.