1) St. Patricks Day parade, Swords
This is happening along Swords Main Street and I’m sure it’ll be hard to miss it! This kicks off at 11.00 from Dublin Road and finishes at 14.00 on North Street. This year’s parade theme focuses on local mythology and traditions such as the Legend of St. Patrick, Ériu the Goddess of Ireland, and St. Patrick’s Island, the island off the coast of Skerries where St. Patrick is reputed to have first landed on Irish shores.
Swords Express have a bus in this year's parade again, and we are delighted to have Snowflakes Autism Support Group on board with us. Arrive early to get a good viewing spot as a large turnout is expected, organisers anticipate 20,000 people to attend.
2) Pavilions Shopping Centre, Swords
Squeeze in some guilt-free shopping while joining in the St. Patricks Day festivities! The Pavilions shopping centre has a full day packed with entertainment on Sunday 17, March starting at 10.00 when all the early risers (most likely those with children!) can avail of the free face painting on offer up to 16.00. Music and dance fill the afternoon itinerary with an Irish Traditional band (13.00 to 15.00), Dance Hall Academy (14.00 to 16.00), Andrea Behan School of Dance (14.00 to 16.00) and Dance your way studio (14.00 to 15.00). No matter where you choose to have your much-deserved shopping rest you are sure to enjoy some of the toe-tapping performances.
3) Epic Ireland, Custom House Quay
Through its new ‘There’s more to Ireland than...’ campaign, the Irish Emigration Museum is working towards breaking down St Patrick’s Day stereotypes as they welcome people to exchange their green novelty hats and leprechaun beards for a free ticket to EPIC (March 17-20) where you will learn more about the influence the Irish have had on the world. While many of us may be reluctant to admit that we own such things, for a free ticket to this technologically advanced museum, it’s so worth the shame of routing it out and handing it over! Even better, get our bus into the city and you’ll be dropped outside the door so less chance of your secret being revealed!
4) Festival Village, Merrion Square
For the first time ever, Merrion Square will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a three-day Festival Village from March 16 to 18. There is a jam-packed program available and highlights include a Gaeltacht, a Céilí Mór, circus, science workshops, children’s readings, and discos, live music, village hall talks, street theatre, world food stalls and much more. Our personal highlight will be in the Festival Village Big Top that will play host to an interview with Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham, hosted by Jim Carroll, and featuring guest performances by Fehdah & Eve Belle.
5) Paddy’s Night in Support of Comic Relief, 3 Arena
On Sunday, 17 March this fundraising comedy night will enjoy Deirdre O’Kane and Jason Byrne as their headline acts who will enjoy support by amazing Irish talent - Tommy Tiernan, Pat Shortt, Neil Delamere, Mario Rosenstock and more. Tickets are great value for the amount and caliber of acts performing and start at €39 to €45 and are available to buy from Ticketmaster. Who doesn’t love a great laugh?!! Go on….you know you want to 😉