For many St Patrick’s Day 2013 is now a distant and sometimes hazy memory, but for some a day or weekend that will never be forgotten and here we are again with just over 2 weeks to go ready to do it all again. I personally cant wait, I simply love the buzz in the city during the St Patrick’s weekend.
The 2014 St Patrick’s Day Festival is again filled with well over a hundred fantastic events to attend, culminating in the world famous parade down O’Connell Street. We have looked at some of the events and have suggested one or two that catch our eye. There is truly something for everyone. This year the festival has an eclectic mix of Music, Comedy, Family and Sporting events not to mention the lively pub scene.
The pick of the music events for us is the Festival Céilí, which starts at 4.00pm on the 14th March. All we can say is make sure you bring comfortable shoes and plenty of “water” although I do find my dancing improves significantly after a pint of Guinness or two.
Another great event is the Remembering Luke Kelly Tribute. Luke was a member of the famous Dubliners Band is a true Dublin legend and his music continues to live on long after his death over 30 years ago. The event is being held in the appropriate surroundings of O’ Donoghue’s where he regularly played with The Dubliners.
For those of with Families there are plenty of fantastic events. Obviously the big one is the parade itself which starts on the 17th March at about midday. We recommend you get there early to secure a great view of the parade. There is also a Free Treasure Hunt which promises to be great fun. Solve the clues and conundrums as you visit impressive Dublin landmarks, hidden gems and more, then race or stroll back to City Hall to complete the adventure. The hunt takes about 1 Hour 45mins to complete and a special mini hunt is available to families with explorers in training, which takes about 1 hour 10 minutes to complete. There will be prizes for best dressed and entertainment throughout the day!
Registration is at City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2 from 10.00am to 1.00pm on Sat 15th.
There are a number of sporting events planned for the St Patrick’s Weekend. There is the University Boat Race down the river Liffey between Trinity College & UCD. For those who like to compete or simply blow away the Guinness cobwebs, there is a 5km Road Race.The race, on Sunday 16th March, starts at 12 noon from close to the St. Stephen’s Green/Dawson St. junction and finishes on St Stephen’s Green. You wont be seeing me there in shorts !!!. If GAA is your thing you could go and watch the GAA Club Championship Finals in Croke Park. The chance to see a game of hurling up close and personal is something never to be missed.
As a big Father Ted fan I cant wait to see the Father Ted Show which is held in the Laughter Lounge just off O’Connell Street on Sat 15th. Audiences will be treated to great comedy from two of the most popular character from the Father Ted series – the wonderful Joe ‘Father Damo’ Rooney and Patrick ‘Eoin McLove’ McDonnell. We dare you to go in fancy dress like Mrs Doyle. Ah, go on, go on go on!
What ever you decide to do during the Festival we at Dooley Car Rentals hope that you truly have a memorable trip to Ireland and we wish you all a very Happy St Patrick’s Day.
More information about all the events mentioned above are available from the official St Patrick’s Day Festival Site