15 Mar, 2017

St. Patrick has arrived kicking off our four action packed days for St. Patrick’s Festival 2017

St. Patrick has arrived in the heart of Dublin city for this year’s St. Patrick’s Festival. He was joined by 2 pageant characters from the Festival's Community Arts Project, City Fusion to mark his return at the EPIC Irish Emigration museum in the docklands.

The community arts projects run by the Festival of which there are two, City Fusion (Adults) and Brighter Futures (youths) promote integration, inclusion and celebrate Ireland’s diversity.  This year’s theme Ireland You Are… will present the rich textures of Irish heritage during four great days. From cathedrals to classrooms, the city will reverberate with an evocative programme of mesmerising music, powerful performances, intriguing walks and inspiring talks. 

Celebrating our national holiday, St. Patrick’s Festival starting tomorrow Thursday 16th of March will bring together over 3,000 artists, musicians, dancers, poets and performers in a stunning programme with over 30 events spanning four days and nights.  Attracting over 100,000 overseas visitors, the Festival is funded by Fáilte Ireland, Dublin City Council and Department Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

Take the opportunity during our national holiday celebrations to explore the capital city and join hundreds of teams on this year’s Treasure Hunt (Saturday, March 18th) traversing the Liffey and visiting places of historical and contemporary interest.  Or join over 9,000 other dancers in the world’s largest outdoor céilí tomorrow at Earlsfort Terrace.  Enjoy “Young Blood – the beats and voices of our generation event” (Saturday, March 18th), which will be a powerful collective performance of young, music, hip-hop and spoken word artists. 

Sunday, 19th March will see Merrion Square come alive with a vibrant day-long street carnival; the Festival Big Day Out is set to burst with street theatre, music, aerial performances, arts and crafts, circus, science in the Science Foundation Ireland Science Zone … AND a 50FT giant whale and real-life mermaid! Enter a world of fantasy, sword fighting and monster making, where the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature’s Citywide Read ‘Knights of the Borrowed Dark’ takes up residence.

Susan Kirby, St. Patrick’s Festival CEO said “St. Patrick’s arrival always heralds a fantastic sense of joy and excitement ahead of the action-packed four days of the Festival. We are delighted to be delivering a spectacular Festival with over 30 amazing events for all the family to enjoy”

Speaking today, Mark Rowlette from Fáilte Ireland said “Fáilte Ireland continues to support St Patrick’s Festival - such an iconic and popular event on the tourism calendar and one which always kick-starts the tourist season in style.  With just a day to go, excitement is building and we are all looking forward to an action packed four days in the city.”

The full programme of events for St. Patrick’s Festival is available on

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