Ireland has a deep-rooted connection with this year’s theme, Storytelling. Street theatre and pageant companies, gear up to dazzle with their artistic interpretations of the 2019 theme. Their worldly performances and magnificent creations are set to intertwine seamlessly with Dublin’s streets as the capital poses as a backdrop for the extravaganza.
Irish and international bands will deliver rhythmically captivating musical scores that are sure to echo through the streets of the capital. The Festival Parade is a monumental occasion for Ireland and boasts an unforgettable atmosphere that cannot be missed. The Festival and its procession are on track to charm a record-breaking number of attendees this year.
Where: Parnell Square North, Dublin
When: Sun, 17th March – 12pm to 3pm
Storyteller Helena Byrne and traditional singer and multi-instrumentalist Macdara Yeates present songs and stories of emigration. The performance takes place in EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum.
ABAIR is a programme of traditional singing and storytelling events curated by Macdara Yeates taking place as part of the 2019 St. Patrick’s Festival. Taken from the Irish word meaning ‘to say’ and ‘to sing’, the four-day schedule offers a broad range of intimate, unplugged performances highlighting the richness and beauty of the Irish oral traditions, still preserved and practiced to the present day.
Where: EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, The chq Building, Custom House Quay, Dublin
When: Sat, 16th March – 6:30pm to 8:15pm
How much: €12
Do you want to celebrate Ireland’s National Day fully in control of your body and mind? Do you want to wake up fresh the next day full of great memories? Do you want to stuff yourself with baked goods and treats of all types? Do you like playing games, and laughing and meeting great people? Do you like all the great rollercoasters in Disney land? Well, you’ll have to go to Disneyland for the rollercoasters but we have everything else sorted. The Clockwork Door is putting on one hell of a day full of games and mixers at this very special closed-door event. You’ll have to know the password to get in, which will be announced a few days before. The craic will be mighty, the morning after will be fine.
Where: The Clockwork Door, 51 Wellington Quay, Dublin
When: Sun, 17th March – 12pm to 10pm
How much: €12.35
Join in for the 4th annual St. Patrick’s Weekend Craft Fair, celebrating the best and most exciting in local craft businesses. It’s a really exciting lineup this year, with a wide variety of food, drink and craft producers as well as plenty of Teeling products of course! It’ll also see the return of the Teeling Snug bar which was a big hit at the last Craft Fair. It’s free to all, so be sure not to miss out!
Where: Teeling Whiskey Distillery, 17 Newmarket, Dublin
When: Sat, 16th March – 10am to 5pm
How much: Admission free
The Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) and St. Patrick’s Festival, in association with Fundación Mapfre will present a major exhibition of work by world-acclaimed Irish photographer Eamonn Doyle. Over the past five years, Eamonn Doyle rapidly emerged into the contemporary photographic world with his Dublin Trilogy, the self-published books; i, ON and End, and most recently with his new series, K, which he photographed in the west of Ireland. This exhibition will be Doyle’s first major and most complete showing of his current work in his home town and will feature a staggering 146 images, 103 of which will be up to 2.5 metres in size.
When Doyle’s work is staged together as a whole, its collective dynamic and sensory drama become truly apparent, resonating with music, cinema, and theatre. In turn, the work manages to break with traditions of photography while simultaneously becoming a new eye in the evolution of those traditions.
Where: Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin
When: Sat, 16th March – 11am to 5pm
How much: Admission free