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For Irish people, March is a month coloured in green. Amongst all other events and opportunities that people have a chance to experience, there is one of the most important Irish holidays – Saint Patrick’s Day, or, as Irish people call it – Paddy’s Day. But, this article does not talk about that.
Let’s try not to be focused on this worldwide known holiday, and try to point out other things you could do while being in Ireland this March.
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1) Dublin Then And Now
Are you into arts? Then you would definitely want to continue reading. If not, skip to number 2.
A unique exhibition will be set up in South William Street in Dublin 2. The Dublin Painting and Sketching Club will be celebrating Irish representational art and its 250 years long history. That means quarter of a century arts all together in one place. The exhibition will be shown every day starting from 14th of March, from 10 am to 5 pm. Some of the artists that will be taking part in this event are either current Society artists or early Club members, such as Sarah Purser, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent.
2) Irish Craft Beer & Food Market
This event is, in some ways, connected to St. Patrick’s Day and the tradition of beer drinking in Ireland. However, this celebration of Irish culture will last for 5 full days, starting on the 13th of March and finishing, conveniently, on 17th of March or Paddy’s Day. Traditional Irish music,local artisan food, Irish brewing and whiskey will provide the true taste of Ireland. Anyone up for pre-paddy’s-day-warm-up is free to join this large community every day from 12:30 am until 10 pm at CHQ building. The admission is only €5.
3) Greening the City
Another event related to Paddy’s Day. Yes, it is the biggest holiday in Ireland, and yes, we cannot ignore this fact. But, 2 days before the actual traditional celebration to “Apostle of Ireland”, Dublin city will turn green. St. Patrick’s cathedral, Trinity college, Leinster House, the Custom House, Bank of Ireland, O’Connell Bridge House; all of them bathed in green lights for the sake of celebrating to patron saint of Ireland. Join this event on 15th of March at 6 pm all around Dublin.
Here you can see how greening Dublin looked last year. It will definitely make you want to come and see it this year!
4) Music at the museum
This event will be taking place in Waterford’s Medieval Museum on two days – 9th of March and 23rd of March. Affordable Sunday afternoon’s entertainment in Waterford’s Viking Triangle is a perfect way to relax after your Sunday lunch. The concert ticket is linked to a 10% discount on lunch at three nearby cafes/cafe bars and a guided tour of either The Bishop’s Palace or The Medieval Museum for just €2. The intimate setting of The Garden Room plays host to performers from many genres including choral, contemporary folk, classical, jazz and traditional music.
5) “I” at The Library Project in Temple Bar
It is always interesting to see how things and people looked decades ago and then comparing it with how things, people and places look today. This exactly was the idea of a photographer Eamonn Doyle. He has been photographing his fellow Dubliners since the early ‘90s, and has developed a unique approach to his street portraiture. Despite the close range muggers-eye-view, the images remain respectful, reverent, almost in awe of the mysterious figures they depict, inspiring feelings such as kinship and compassion. This exhibition will feature a selection of work from Eamonn’s limited edition book ‘i’ and will also offer a fascinating view through Doyle’s lens of everyday Dubliners. The best of all, the event is completely free and it is open 4 days a week – Friday and Saturday from 12 to 6pm, and Sunday and Monday from 11am to 6pm.
These are only some of numerous other events that will be taking place in Ireland during the month of March. It seems that never-boring Ireland will not disappoint us this month, as well. Even though I find these 5 events to be the most interesting ones and the most noteworthy, I would like to hear your opinions too – what else could be worth visiting?