About the Festival

Ceiliúradh Domhanda ar EalaÍona, Cultúir agus Oidhreacht na hÉireann. 

The theme of this year's Festival is Connections/Naisc.  

Through contemporary and traditional Irish arts, culture and heritage, the Festival will connect families, friends and communities across Ireland, and our global tribe of 80 million.  

The iconic National St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns to the streets of Dublin on March 17, with more pageants, more marching bands and more participants than ever before!  

And new for 2022 is Festival Quarter at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7 which will be home to a magical day-to-night urban Festival for all, from March 16 to 20 on the grounds of one of Ireland’s most spectacular and historic heritage sites, in the heart of Dublin. Festival Quarter will also host the Irish Food & Craft Village, a daily showcase of Ireland’s incredible food and beverage produce, arts and crafts and a space for all to relax and connect.  

The wellness event Breathe Festival, presented by Happenings and St. Patrick’s Festival, will take place on the grounds of The Law Society of Ireland in Dublin 7 on March 18 and 19, while City Funfairs return to Custom House Quay from March 17th to 20th.  

 

SPF TV, the Festival’s virtual TV station here on the website will offer front row seats to a specially curated and varied programme of pre-recorded evnets for those who cannot attend in person. Additionally, there will be many St. Patrick’s Festival supported live events and club nights throughout Dublin, all of which will be announced shortly.  

 

A new portal here on the website will welcome event submissions from Dublin, Ireland and the World, making stpatricksfestival.ie a central, global focus for all who wish to celebrate Ireland’s national holiday. 

Team

Anna McGowan  
INTERIM FESTIVAL DIRECTOR  

Karen Walshe  
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR  

Aileen Galvin 
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT & STRATEGY 

Julia Dalton  
HEAD OF OPERATIONS  

Mary Leane 
FINANCIAL CONTROLLER  

Tony Killeen 
HEAD OF PRODUCTION  

Danielle Lynch 
HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT 

Neil Burke 
HEAD OF COMMERCIAL & SPECTACLE EVENTS 

David ‘Spud’ Murphy 
PARADE DIRECTOR 

Ted Kavanagh  
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTANT  

Darragh Carolan 
ACCOUNTING APPRENTICE 

Rachel Hopkins  
COMMUNITY ARTS PROJECT MANAGER  

Muirne Bloomer  
PARADE PAGEANT CHOREOGRAPHER  

Camila Medeiros  
PAGEANT ASSISTANT  

Adam O'Brien
COMMUNITY PAGEANTS JUNIOR ASSISTANT  

Ali Morris 
PROGRAMME MANAGER, SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER & MARCHING BANDS CO-ORDINATOR 

Callum Buchanan  
PROGRAMME PROJECT MANAGER 

Eoin Cregan  
PROGRAMME PROJECT MANAGER  

Jodie Walsh 
PROGRAMME PROJECT MANAGER  

Steph Farrell  
PRODUCTION & LICENSING COORDINATOR  

Darren Murphy  
PRODUCTION & LOGISTICS COORDINATOR  

Maya McNair 
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT 

Emma Harney 
MARKETING & MEDIA PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER   

Pat Carey 
DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER 

Milja Juretic 
TRADERS & BRAND MANAGER  

Bekah Molony 
FESTIVAL CONTENT PRODUCER 

Seán Heary 
SOCIAL MEDIA EXECUTIVE  

Lisa Tyrrell 
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT EXECUTIVE  

Zoe Haran
Saakshi Kumaraswamy
Rafael Contreras

CONTENT TEAM 

Arantxa Colomé 
DEVELOPMENT & FUNDRAISING 

Natasha Purtill  
PARTNERSHIPS ACCOUNT MANAGER & PARADE PAGEANT PRODUCER 

Rummy McCullagh 
SPONSORSHIP & ACTIVATIONS CO-ORDINATOR 

Brendan McGlynn  
HOSPITALITY MANAGER 

Dearbhail O’Sullivan  
BOX OFFICE MANAGER 

Mary-Aoife Ong
BOX OFFICE ASSISTANT

Ali Kenny 
FRONT OF HOUSE & VISITOR EXPERIENCE COORDINATOR & DISABILITY OFFICER 

Holly Hudson Taylor 
HOSPITALITY ASSISTANT 

Aaron Cleary 
VOLUNTEERS COORDINATOR 

Stevie Taylor 
VOLUNTEERS COORDINATOR 

Aiden Grennelle & Pete Reddy  
FESTIVAL DESIGN  

Katy Egan  
PROGRAMME COPYWRITER  

Allen Kiely  
LIVE FESTIVAL VIDEOGRAPHER & PHOTOGRAPHER 

The Hive  
FESTIVAL PR 

Post Studio
WEBSITE DESIGN, DEVELOPMENT
& ADDITIONAL GRAPHIC DESIGN

Festival Board

  • Maree Gallagher (Acting Chair)

    Maree Gallagher is a qualified solicitor specialising in EU and Irish regulatory law and is currently of Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP. Maree has been a Board member since June 2013 and is the Dublin Chamber of Commerce representative. Maree is currently in the role of Acting Chair and also a member of the Fundraising and Sponsorship sub-committee.

  • Stephen McNally

    Stephen is the Deputy Chief Executive for Dalata Hotel Group since 2007 and has served as a Director of the Board of St. Patrick's Festival since October 2016. Stephen is a member of the Finance, Governance and Audit sub-committee. 

  • Orla Carroll

    Orla Carroll is Director of Product Development at Fáilte Ireland.  She joined Fáilte Ireland in 2008 after working for over 10 years in the Telecommunications Industry. 

  • Shane Clarke

    Shane Clarke is the Director of Corporate Services, Policy & Northern Ireland with Tourism Ireland. Previous roles Shane has held include Managing Director and Finance Director for M&P Sales and a General Manager for Diageo. Shane has been a Director on the Board for St. Patrick's Festival since January 2018. Shane is a member of the Finance, Governance and Audit sub-committee.

  • Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland

    Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland has served as Lord Mayor of Dublin and ex-officio member of the Board of St. Patrick’s Festival since June 2021. In June 2021, she was elected as the 353rd Lord Mayor of Dublin. She has chaired the DCC Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) on Housing and is a member of the Finance SPC and has sat as an alternate member to the European Committee of the Regions and on the Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs.

  • Dermot Horan

    Dermot is the Director of Acquisitions and Co-Productions at RTÉ, and Vice President EBU TV Committee. Dermot is a member of the Finance, Governance and Audit sub-committee.

  • Teresa Tully

    Teresa is a Director at Ernst & Young and joined the Festival Board in January 2016. She is an Associate Chartered Accountant and has served in an audit and advisory capacity on a diverse range of topics, including regulation implementation, technical accounting and internal control reviews. Teresa is Chair of the Finance, Governance and Audit sub-committee. 

Accessibility

It is vital to St. Patrick's Festival to welcome and facilitate our communities with disabilities and additional needs, so that all our people can fully participate in the St. Patrick's Festival Parade, Festival Quarter and various events.  

We are not yet perfect in delivering 100% inclusion but we are working hard to improve ourselves and to ensure we provide a safe and accessible experience wherever we can. On occasion, due to elements beyond our control such as location, terrain and content, the Festival has difficulty in providing a fully accessible experience. Please do get in touch with us and we will do all we can to assist and resolve with you. 

St. Patrick's Day Parade, Dublin 

*Please note that all accessible viewing areas for St. Patrick's Day Parade are now completely at capacity.

We welcome all our citizens to enjoy the National St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin.  

If you, or a family member, a friend or a client are a wheelchair user, have impaired mobility or additional needs, we provide a number of options. 

There are three designated Accessible Viewing Areas that offer a safe and secure vantage point for the Parade. These areas are held for wheelchair users and provide more space and comfort to enjoy the Parade. 

If you or a family member, a friend or a client, are neuro diverse or have a condition in which you require a more spacious area to view the Parade, our Priority Viewing Area may be an option, depending on your level of needs. This is a section with additional space along the Parade route. 

  • Accessible Viewing Areas

    Please note that all accessible viewing areas for St. Patrick's Day Parade are now completely at capacity.

    • O'Connell Street North LUAS platform  

    • Westmoreland Street beside the Grandstands  

    • St Patrick's Cathedral beside the Grandstands  

  • Priority Viewing Area

    Please note that all accessible viewing areas for St. Patrick's Day Parade are now completely at capacity.

    Opposite the GPO on O’Connell Street we hold a larger area in which we can control crowd numbers and give more space to those who need it. This space is specifically for those who have a sensitivity to more crowded areas and for those who need additional space to move around.  

  • Toilet Facilities

    Standard portaloos are available at each of the Accessible Viewing Areas. 

    In addition, an ACCESSOLOO with a hoist and changing bench is available on D'Olier Street

Please note that all accessible viewing areas for St. Patrick's Day Parade are now completely at capacity.

Notes

  • We would respectfully ask that if you are a wheelchair user, you apply for one of the Accessible Viewing Areas as opposed to the Priority Viewing Area.  

  • Please note there is limited capacity in each of the above areas, so we cannot guarantee admission, however, please be assured that in making an advance application we will make our best endeavors to facilitate your needs.     

Festival Quarter, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7 

The festival quarter at Collins barracks is fully accessible 

There will be a segregated accessible viewing area at the main stage.

Patrons with accessibility requirements will be assisted by venue managers in both the Spigel Mor and Spigel beag. Please make yourself know to a member of staff and we will assist you as required. 

There will be accessible sanitary facilities onsite at the festival quarter.

Accessible parking is available on arbour hill. 

 

SPF TV at stpatricksfestival.ie  

We continue to work to improve accessibility to our St. Patrick’s Festival programme on our virtual TV station SPF TV, which can be found at stpatricksfestival.ie 

For Festival 2022, all of our pre-recorded SPF TV programmes will be available with closed captions to facilitate our deaf community and those who are hard of hearing. 

Work with St. Patrick's Festival! 

St. Patrick's Festival is an inclusive, equal opportunities employer.  

The Festival aims to represent every Irish person, no matter what your background, race, gender identity, creed, no matter how you look or sound - if you're interested in us, we're interested in you. 

The Festival is currently seeking to appoint a CEO. Please see further details below.

Job Advertisement: CEO 

St. Patrick’s Festival Limited is charged with the organisation, control and management of the annual national St Patrick’s Festival in Dublin, which is the event around which we celebrate Ireland’s National holiday. The Festival is a twelve month a year operation and the role is full time. This exciting role delivers a festival for over a million people who enjoy a variety of Festival events including the centre piece - our Parade, street theatre, music, family events and spectacles and typically runs for 4-5 days around 17th March. The company is governed by a Board of Directors with an Executive management team of five headed up by the Chief Executive. 

This is a significant and high-profile role requiring a capable and influential leader with an inspiring and engaging style. You will be experienced at successfully leading organisations with significant arts and events elements. Wherever you are now, you will be as accomplished at inspiring teams to give their best as you are at putting organisations firmly on the map. 

Role Purpose: 

  • The CEO is the key executive leadership role within the St Patrick’s Festival with responsibility for the development of a strategic vision and subsequent growth of this commercially successful arts and tourism focused organisation, delivering the key targets for the festival, including achieving the targets necessary for a sustainable revenue model. 

  • Reporting to the Chairperson and the Board, the CEO is tasked with the delivery of the Company’s marketing and promotional activities, its financial targets, the safe and reliable running of Festival and its events, the development and implementation of a successful business development strategy, and community and stakeholder engagements.  

  • As leader of the management team at SPF the CEO is expected to develop and maintain strong working relationships with the many stakeholders, Dublin City Council, local community organisations, Failte Ireland, Government Department and state funding bodies, philanthropic institutions, marketing bodies and arts and tourism organisations nationally and internationally. 

Key Requirements for the Position: 

Core competencies will include: 

  • operational expertise, ideally within a successful arts and tourism company 

  • experience in developing sustainable revenue generating models and setting and managing within budgets 

  • proven strategic thinking  

  • knowledge of corporate governance, aligned to strong commercial acumen  

  • proven leadership skills coupled with the ability to develop and nurture key stakeholder relationships at the highest levels.  

  • strong communicator with influencing skills 

Experience of similar service organisations is desirable. 

How To Apply: 

Informal enquiries to: Sean O’Driscoll, Athrú Consultancy Limited 

Tel: +353 (0)1 4061924/0872202045 or Email: recruit@athru.ie 

Role specification is available in Irish and in English. Applicants should send a cover letter outlining their suitability for the role and a full Curriculum Vita to the email address above.  Interviews will take place for the post in May 2022. 

Closing date for applications: 20th May 2022 

St Patrick’s Festival is an Equal Opportunities Employer 

Supported by

Principal Funders
Official EV Partner
Parade Partners
Festival Programme Partners
International Programme Partners
Venue Partner
Business Partner
Media Partners
Official Accommodation Partner

Festival Friends

Cairde na Féile Pádraig

Ní fhéadfaimis an Fhéile seo a dhéanamh gan sibh! Ba mhaith linn ár mbuíochas a ghabháil leis na daoine iontacha, na pobail, na gnólachtaí, na soláthraithe agus na tacaithe go léir a chuidíonn chun Féile Pádraig a chur ar siúl.

 

Friends of St. Patrick’s Festival

We couldn’t make this Festival without you! Thank you to all the wonderful individuals, communities, businesses, suppliers and supporters who make St. Patrick’s Festival possible.

Abacus Fire

Abbey Theatre

Acoustik

Actavo

Alex Hoare IT Consultants

Alex O Neill

Anu Productions

Aspace

Balloo Hire

Blas Cafe

Brady Insurance

Buggyman

Butlers Grandstands

CatapultCK wifi

Dalata Hotel Group

Donohue Marquees

Dublin Bikes

Dublin Bus

Dublin Pride LGBTQ+

Dublin Theatre Festival

Eamon O Boyle

EcoKell

Event Equipment Hire

Event Medical Services

Event Power

FM104

FreeFlow - traffic management

GoCar

Grandstand Hire

Gresham Hotel

Guinness Storehouse

Happenings

Henley

Hire All

Horgan Lynch

I.NY

IDC/Castle stage Hire

Integrity Security

JCDecaux

Kill Haulage

Landmark Productions

McGowans Print

Mediahuis

Micromedia

Millbrook Studios

Mongeys

No Disco

O'Briens Press

Pat Morgan

Planet of Sound

Press Up Hospitality Group

Pure Core

Q102

RTÉ

Saint Sister

Sassy

Shepherd and Wedderburn Europe

Show Inc.

Spanish Embassy in Dublin

Spraoi

Star Live

The Ashling Hotel

The British Embassy

The Gibson Hotel

The Law Society

The Merrion Hotel

The Scottish Government in Ireland

The Welsh Government in Ireland

The West County Hotel

The Westin Dublin

Totally Dublin

Yuko

Contact

Questions or inquiries?

Feel free to get in touch, we're here to help.

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St. Patrick's Festival

Unit 1, Blackhall Green, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7, D07 NY07

Féile Pádraig

Aonad 1, Faiche an Halla Dubh, Plás an Halla Dubh, Baile Átha Cliath 7, D07 NY07

info@stpatricksfestival.ie

+353 1 604 0090

St. Patrick’s Festival Box Office

12 Essex St E, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 EH42

tickets@stpatricksfestival.ie

Box Office Hours

Monday March 14 - Sunday March 20: 10am - 5.30pm

Thursday March 17: 8.30am - 5.30pm