St. Patrick’s day, or ‘Paddy’s Day’ as we call it, is always one of the best days of the year in Ireland. People from all over the world come together to celebrate it, and in Dublin this year there are so many events taking place in celebration of it. As a student, I have noticed that they have not been advertised well, so I did some scouring on the internet and found a few events that would appeal to other students.
Irish people love to try new food and drink, and this market is ideal for both of those. The market is run over the course of the weekend, from Saturday the 14th of March, until Monday the 17th of March. It takes place inside the CHQ, in the IFSC building, Dublin 1. The food market is free, which is ideal if you are a student and trying to save a few quid but also experience something new. It runs from 10am to 8pm. The beer and whiskey market is generally priced at €5 entry, but i is also free before 6pm on Friday the 14th. I would recommend checking these markets out, besides, nobody says no to free food and drink!
This event is taking place at the Grand Canal Docks, on Sunday the 16th of March. A classic Irish film ‘Walking Ned’ will be shown at 7:30pm. The event is free and it is a first come, first served basis so make sure to get down there early to grab a seat!
On St. Patrick’s day, there are many performances throughout the day that bring the streets of Dublin to life. This year, there will be a variation of performances. From comedy to live music, there will be something to amuse everyone over the course of the weekend. The performances will take place at various different locations in the city, so even if you don’t go looking for one, you might stumble across it yourself!
Powerscourt Centre: Saturday & Sunday @12:30pm – 1:15pm
South King Street: Saturday & Sunday @1.30pm – 6:30pm
Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre: Saturday & Sunday @2pm – 2.45pm
Stephen’s Green North: Saturday @1:30pm – 2pm & 2:30pm – 3pm
Dame Court: Sunday @3pm – 8pm
Last but not least, there is a two day festival that is taking place from the 16th of March, until the 17th. The type of music varies with the different acts but it is overall seen to be a dance music festival. It will take place at Meeting House Square & NEED Venue (formerly EDEN). The line up includes The Japanese Popstars, Mano Le Tough, and Laurent Garnier. For the full lineup click on the link above. The ticket prices are sold in different phases. This will be a great few days for those of you that are interested in dance music.
Phase 1 – Sunday (SOLD OUT), Monday €22.50
Phase 2 – Sunday €24.50, Monday €24.50
Phase 3 – Sunday €27.50, Monday €27.50
Overall there is plenty to do and see over St. Patrick’s Day, and us being the typical Irish we have stretched the event out to last an entire weekend, enjoy!