St. Patrick’s Day Events for Families in Ireland

The national St. Patrick's Day Parade returns after a two year absence. Thousands of people flock to the Emerald Isle for our national holiday to take part in the festivities that take place across the country. What was a religious holiday to honour the patron saint of Ireland, with a one-day festival celebration marked by a parade has become a week-long event to celebrate Irish culture with workshops, festivals and performances taking place in every corner of the country.

Saint Patricks Day for Families in Ireland

Things to do on St. Patrick’s Day 

Whether you’re based in Dublin or Donegal you are sure to find something fun happening near you for St. Patrick’s Day. Here are some of our recommendations:

St. Patrick’s Day Events in Dublin 

1. St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin

Half a million people attend St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin which is one of the world’s largest parades on March 17th. This year’s theme is Connections/Naisc and attendees can expect music, colour, dancing, street performers and some celebrity guest appearances. The parade begins at 12pm and starts at Parnell Square in the north of the city, down O'Connell Street, over O'Connell Bridge and through the south side of the city, ending at St. Stephen's Green.  

2. Céilí Mór, Main Stage at Festival Quarter

Taking place after the parade at 3.30pm at Festival Quarter at the National Museum of Ireland, The Céilí Mór is a free ticket event. Irish dancers and live traditional Irish musicians will lead the céilí from a stage at Festival Quarter with instructions in both Irish and English for all to follow. Attendees will learn the moves and take part in a large-scale céilí together soaking up that Irish atmosphere. 

St. Patrick’s Day Events in Ireland

Though Dublin’s is the largest of the street parades, there are a host of other fantastic events taking place across the country. Why not escape Temple Bar this year and visit one of the below events?

1. St. Patrick’s Day Snake Trail at Birr Castle, Offaly

Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre are hosting a series of events from the 17th to 20th of March from 10am - 5pm with a Snake Trail taking place multiple times each day. Participants will have to explore the maze at Birr Castle to find snakes that were left behind by Saint Patrick. Other events include free face painting, the gallery challenge and a new quest happening in the demesne. Admission to these events is included in the general admission ticket.  

2. St. Patrick’s Day Snake Hunt at Nore Valley Park and Kilkenny Tradfest 

Our patron saint led the snakes out of Ireland many years ago, but some seem to have reappeared in Kilkenny. The annual snake hunt takes place from 17th - 19th March, between 10am - 4pm at Nore Valley Park where volunteers are needed to finish the job that Saint Patrick started.

Kilkenny Tradfest takes place from Tuesday 15th to Sunday 20th March during which you’ll find traditional song, music and dance across the streets and participating venues in Kilkenny. See the Kilkenny St. Patrick’s Festival programme here.

St. Patrick's Day in Ireland

3. St. Patrick’s Céilí at Belvedere House, Westmeath

The yearly St. Patrick’s Céilí at Belvedere House will take place on Friday 18th of March with free entry for all to Belvedere. You’re sure to enjoy social dancing on Saturday 19th of March from 4pm - 6pm for €4 per person and €2 per member. At 2pm on Sunday 20th of March there will be a traditional music and dance with Rose from The Celtic Blondes and Friends. 

4. St. Patrick’s Weekend Trails at Fota House & Gardens, Cork

Fota House is hosting self-guided St. Patrick’s Day trails in Irish and English from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th of March. Each family will be given a map to follow and will have to figure out clues along the way to complete the trail before returning to the house to receive a treat. Sounds like great fun to us.

Tip: There’s lots more to do in Cork. Discover 10 family-friendly walks in Cork here.

5. Limerick St. Patrick’s Day Festival, Limerick City Centre

Limerick’s St. Patrick’s festival runs from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th of March with a host of exciting events taking place throughout. Highlights include the traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Thursday 17 March and the 50th edition of the International Band Champion that will see over 1,300 musicians and marching bands from Ireland, Europe and the USA filling the streets with music as they compete and, of course, the parade at 12pm on Sunday 20th March 2022. 

6. St. Patrick’s Day at Glór, Ennis, Co. Clare

Glór Arts Centre in Ennis are hosting events to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. At 2pm on Thursday 17th March Joe Daly from RTE 2’s AbraKIDabra is hosting a magic show in the centre and tickets can be bought online for €10.

7. St. Patrick’s Day Festival Galway, Galway City

Following the cancellation of the St. Patrick’s Day Parades in 2020 and 2021, this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Galway should be a memorable one. From the 17th to 20th March, you can expect many events to be held throughout the city.

The parade begins at 11.30am on March 17th at the University of Galway on University Road and concluding on Prospect Hill.

There will be family-oriented entertainment at the plaza on Eyre Square including live music daily from 2pm – 8pm, a vintage carousel, amusements and children’s entertainment.

Looking for more things to do in Galway? Discover 10 family-friendly walks in Galway here. 

8. St. Patrick’s Day Parade Sligo, Sligo Town

Sligo’s 50th St Patricks Day Parade will take on a new route this year. The parade will begin at Mail Coach Road at 12pm, travel along Temple Street and Wine Street with the finish on Pearse Road. There will be a new parade prize winning category for ‘Best Village Entry’ plus a newly developed music trail that includes a visit across the venues in Sligo town on the nights of the 17th and 18th.

This year’s parade will be the feature event with music, poetry, dancing, a trip down Memory Lane plus a Live St Patricks Day Show with MC Robbie Fitzpatrick. With a double bank holiday on the Thursday and Friday, it is expected a large number of visitors will visit Sligo.

9. St. Patrick’s Day Events in Donegal

There’s lots happening in Donegal to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Parades will take place on Thursday 17th March at Bundoran and Letterkenny. A great day will be had at all locations with street performers, floats, entertainers, dancers and more. 

10. St. Patrick’s Day Spring Carnival, Derry

On Thursday 17th of March the vibrant St Patrick’s Day parade will take place in Derry. Festivities on the day will include music, dancing, street performers and tasty food stalls. There will also be an exciting Spring Carnival parade involving 500 participants from throughout the city’s neighbourhood areas.

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From everyone here at AIG Insurance, we want to wish you a Happy St. Patricks Day!

Lá Fhéile Pádraig!

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