Get Inspired / Europe / Ireland St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe / Ireland St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland story by: Mike Williams These days St. Paddy’s Day is enjoyed throughout most of the world to celebrate Irish culture. If you’re in New Zealand or Australia, then the 17th of March might mean wearing a splash of green and heading down to the standing-room only Irish pub for a pint of Guinness. Other main cities kick it up a few notches. The famous New York and London parades, in terms of size and spectator numbers, are arguably bigger than anything even Ireland has to offer. However, if you’ve always wanted to visit Ireland, then you can’t beat celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in its spiritual home. Naturally, it’s a national holiday and considering the amount of green coloured Guinness that gets consumed, it’s a miracle that anyone is fit to work the next day. It’s not all about the drinking though, and anyone planning on being in Ireland for the day should consider visiting for as much of the week prior as possible. The major cities, especially Dublin, take the opportunity to showcase Irish culture through free shows, concerts and exhibitions. Of course, the highlights of the festivities are the parades, which are held, in varying sizes, in most Ireland cities. Dublin hosts the biggest parade, where over half a million spectators line the streets. If you’re lucky enough to attend the Dublin parade, don’t forget to show up a few hours early as locals start lining up at least two hours before the 11a.m. start. If you’re planning on staying out afterwards, be prepared to pay cover charges in the local pubs. Downpatrick, in County Down is the rumoured burial location of St. Patrick himself, and after Dublin has the next biggest parade in Ireland. If you want to experience a parade in Ireland, but don’t feel like standing long, then you may want to head over to Dripsey, Cork, home of the world’s shortest St. Patrick's Day parade. Their parade consists simply of the hundred yards between the town’s two pubs! > View hot deals to Ireland here Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Insiders guide to Ireland & Northern Ireland Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Belfast's 6 best bars for a pint Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.