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Top places to spend St Patrick’s Day in Ireland

City streets plastered with shades of green, crowds of people singing Irish ballads and celebrations on every corner – is there really a better place to spend St Patrick’s day than the Emerald Isle? If you’re looking to celebrate March 17th in our lovely island, here are our top places to spend St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland.


Ireland’s capital has one of the largest crowds during St. Patrick’s Day – it’s said that over 500,000 will flock to the streets of Dublin to celebrate the special day!

The streets themselves come alive with colour, performance and stunning spectacles – each unique to Dublin city itself.

Experience the famous St. Patricks Day parade, enjoy the delicious food and entertainment and immerse yourself in the unbeatable atmosphere.


Known as the Marble City, Kilkenny is a favourite amongst tourists and locals alike – especially during St. Patrick’s Day!

On the day, the city is full to the brim of colourful workshops, trad sessions and street food.

While you’re there, why not visit Kilkenny castle? A must-see while visiting one of Ireland’s most charming cities. Kilkenny is definitely one of the top places to spend St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland!


As the second largest city in Ireland, Cork easily earns its place on the list of places to spend St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland!

Cork on St. Patrick’s Day is an experience not to be missed with numerous exciting events always taking place throughout the city.

Enjoy the entertaining parade, experience a traditional music session in a local pub or discover more about the city and the history of St. Patrick with a walking tour.


Nestled between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay is Galway city, a city where both traditional and modern culture combine to create a unique, vibrant ambience.

2020 will mark the 117th anniversary of the Galway St. Patrick’s Day Parade so expect something spectacular!

Once you’ve experienced the parade and the iconic fountain at Eyre Square turning green, make the most of your time in the culture heart of Ireland by enjoying the street entertainment, traditional pubs and, if the weather allows, Salthill beach.


Waterford city is the oldest city in Ireland – it’s also the first city to declare St. Patrick’s Day a national holiday in 1903!

In recent years, Waterford celebrates St. Patricks Day with a traditional parade, live concerts and street entertainment.

If you’re interested in Irish Viking history, make sure to take a tour of the Waterford Viking Triangle!

So, there you have it – the top places to spend St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland!

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