St Patrick’s Day – 17 March – falls on a Sunday this year, which makes celebrating in Ireland with the Irish easy, says Irish Ferries.
And while Dublin may have the biggest parade, other cities offer just as much fun – and maybe more authenticity – across the weekend, with Monday a public holiday.
It was Waterford in 1903 which was the first city to give everyone a day off to celebrate St Patrick’s day. It’s a beautiful spot on the River Suir easily reachable by ferry sailing in from Pembroke to Rosslare. Dating to the Viking age, Waterford has more than enough sights to enjoy and pubs to visit during the weekend.
Kilkenny really goes to town for St Patrick’s day, wrapping ‘TradFest’ around the holiday weekend and celebrating all aspects of traditional Irish music from ballads to dance.
Limerick has something happening every day across the weekend, including the parade and fireworks on Sunday and an international marching band championship on Monday.
And Galway’s Eyre Square fountain will ‘turn green’ on St Patrick’s day, and almost every pub in the city will offer live music at some point over the weekend.
The most enjoyable way to travel to Ireland is to put the car on a ferry, with bags and baggage at no extra charge.
Fares over the St Patrick’s weekend start at £338 return for a car and two adults. Irish Ferries can also arrange hotel accommodation across Ireland.
Routes: Holyhead to Dublin; Pembroke to Rosslare
Ferries sailing over St Patrick’s weekend: Ulysses, Dublin Swift, Epsilon, Isle of Inishmore
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