Is everyone getting excited for St. Patty’s Day!? I certainly am. My boyfriend and I both come from a family of Irish, so I found it fitting that I would surprise him with a trip to Ireland for the holiday! His father went a few years ago, and I went back in high school. Before I met him, I actually stayed in County Mayo, the same place his entire family is from! We will be heading over to Dublin to experience all of the festivities on March 13th and returning to the U.S. on the 20th. I am going to need a vacation after this vacation. I wrote up a travel piece on experiencing St. Patty’s Day in Dublin. I hope you enjoy it!
“Erin Go Bragh!” “The Wearing of the Green!” “The Luck of the Irish!” The air will be filled with all these familiar expressions in the streets of New York, Chicago, Savannah and many other cities on March 17, when St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated. St. Patrick’s Day has not always revolved around celebrations. It was only in 1970 that Ireland began having festivals and activities. Before that time, St. Patrick’s Day was observed as a religious holiday to honor their patron saint. However, times have changed, and no where in the world will the celebration be more exuberant than in Dublin, Ireland! Dublin will be sure to provide its own unique flavor and overwhelming enthusiasm for St. Patrick.
Numerous activities take place in the whole of Ireland on this special day. The biggest annual event is the St. Patrick’s Festival, which takes place in Dublin. It offers entertainment for people of all ages. The festival began in November 1995 and now draws approximately 1.5 million people. Parades, music, family carnivals, street art, dancing, and theater are just a few of the events taking place. It lasts for four days. The St. Patty’s Day Parade in Dublin, is the largest of them all.
Along with the reveling, many people take the opportunity to engage in the St. Patrick’s Pub Crawl. This pub crawl involves going to several different spots for drinks. Some of the favorite Irish drinks that could be consumed on this pub crawl are whiskey, cider, cream liquor, Irish coffee, wine, or the most famous, Guinness. Other popular beers are Murphy’s Stout, Kikenny and Smithwick‘s. Throughout the days of partying and celebrating, you must eat, or else you probably won’t make it! The most popular is to just grab a bite from the street vendors; however, if you want a nice sit down meal there are many restaurants to choose from. The Pig’s Ear and Rustic Stone are popular restaurants where you can find fantastic Irish food. The traditional foods are Irish stew, soda bread, corned beef with cabbage, Dublin coddle, champ, and apple cakes.
If you are still looking for something to do, additional activities to participate in are the Dublin University Boat Races, the 5K Road Race and a Walking Tour in St. Patrick’s foot steps. This tour takes you through the origin and legacy of St. Patrick. In the 21st century, Ireland has become as ethnically diverse as the 40 different shades of green that is believed to exist in its landscape. All of Ireland and the entire world will take to the streets to jubilantly celebrate Ireland’s patron saint on St. Patrick’s Day.
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