Saint Patrick's Day has been observed as a religious festival in Ireland for over a thousand years, though it was only recognised as a celebration of Irish culture and heritage in the 1970s. This special day is named in honor of Saint Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland who has been credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated every year on March 17 - in 2018 it falls on a Saturday, so much of you won't need the day off. More than 100,000 visitors are expected to join many locals for the party this year.
So here a list of do's and don'ts of Saint Patrick's Day in Dublin.
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In Dublin the festivities start on Thursday 15th with 'Greening the city', where the most iconic buildings are lit up with green lights. For 4 days the city will celebrate with fun fairs, live music and the traditional parade.
The St Patrick's Festival Parade on Saturday 17 March starts at noon in Parnell Sq., it heads along O’Connell St and Dame St, ending at St Patrick’s Cathedral.
To celebrate Saint Patrick's Day in Dublin like a true Irish native, wake up early and be on the streets around 10 am.
The parade starts at 12 and it lasts two hours, but if you stay in the one spot you will see it all in about 45 minutes.
Make a plan for a safe ride home, stay overnight at a hotel in Dublin (that you can easily book on stayplanet.com) or you can dial 016772222 for the Dublin taxi dispatch service that will automatically connect you to a taxi company.
Before St. Patrick's Day, head to an ATM and withdraw some cash. On March 17th, the queue at the ATM is long and avoiding it means saving time for things like fun, food and drink.
Temple Bar area is crowded and expensive on Saint Patrick's day, it would be better choosing other places in the city, in this way you can see a lot more of Dublin. Don't miss this opportunity! Alternatively, you can stroll through the pubs in nearby Dame Lane.
The kick-off is on Saturday 17 at 2:45 pm England versus Ireland.
The match itself will be played in Twickenham, southwest London, but pubs in Dublin, like the Living Room, will broadcast it.
Written by: Francesca Gatta from Stayplanet