The heady days of March seem far away but it's still worth viewing what's planned for our national holiday and its surrounding festival. The whole website is here, but I have some highlights picked out. At the moment, it's a long weekend of events, starting with Thursday 17th and running until Sunday 20th. More events are to be added as well. I vote for the Friday off work this year too.
The Kilfenora Céilí Band plays in the National Concert Hall on St. Patrick's Day.
DublinSwell on the 18th in the National Convention Centre: an evening celebrating Dublin's UNESCO City of Literature with Irish authors, poets and singers performing and reading a selection of works.
The Literary Treasure Hunt takes place on Saturday, 19th and starts at 10am in the city centre. Dave & I did this a few years ago with some other friends. We walked over 10km that day and had a great time. It's a family friendly free event but we were all adults on that occasion.
The Big Day Out returns to Merrion Square with its own brand of street performers, attractions and a giant oversized playground for kids and adults, which sounds fantastic to this grown-up kid. I bags the swings.