Wednesday, March 14, 2012

St Patrick's Festival

I don't know about you but it feels like there isn't as much of a fuss about Paddy's Day this year (seriously, not Patty, I'm looking at you, America).  There is a festival running from 16th - 19th March, so it's only a couple of days shorter than previous years, which is fine by me.  The photo above is from the launch of the festival.  Both the Irish Craft Beer Festival and the Creative Quarter Festival that Nina and I posted about are technically part of this larger event.  But what else is running?

The now traditional Merrion Square funfair will take place every day but with additional attractions at Wolfe Tone Park (i.e. the original cemetery behind St Mary's Church on Jervis/Mary St) and Custom House Quay.

The star attraction for most will be the official parade, which kicks off at 12 noon on Saturday.  It starts on Parnell Square this year and winds its way to St Patrick's Cathedral (geddit?)  The theme for this year is the wonder and curiosity of science and now I understand why there is a family friendly science treasure hunt on Sunday (10am, meet at City Hall).

The evenings are filled with mostly music events (Céilí House Live on Saturday sounds fun).  The Laughter Lounge is also running a Father Ted weekend on both Saturday and Sunday night.

Full details of all the events are here.

There's a free app for Iphone/Android too.

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