15 Mar, 2013


All aboard for this year’s Festival celebrations.... 15th March 2013: Navigating a course this morning up Dublin’s River Liffey, St. Patrick himself has arrived safely in Dublin City Centre in time for this year’s fun filled, five day St. Patrick’s Festival. The Patron Saint of Ireland arrived in safety and style donning a life jacket aboard his 5m Rib.

In the year of The Gathering, the St. Patrick’s Festival activities have taken on a distinctly international flavour. For the first year ever the Festival has invited people from across the world to march in the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade, next March 17th. ‘The People’s Parade’ will see friends and family from abroad cheered on by hundreds of thousands of spectators as they pass by some of Ireland’s most historic landmarks including the GPO, Trinity College and Dublin Castle.

With a live audience on the streets of over half a million, Ireland’s leading pageant companies will animate their interpretations of this year’s parade theme, ‘Great Things Happen When We Get Together’. Artistic groups including Buí Bolg, Spraoi, Brighter Futures, Artastic, City Fusion, Inishowen Carnival Group, and Dowtcha will present their awe-inspiring and thought provoking imaginative creations on the streets of the capital during the Festival Parade.

Building on the success of last year, ‘I Love My City’ returns to the 2013 Festival Calendar. Programmed by St. Patrick’s Festival, ‘I Love My City’ sees Dublin’s most iconic cultural venues, from The National Library and Trinity College to the Chester Beatty Library and Marsh’s Library open their doors to host 16 free headline events and performances. Established and emerging artists from a variety of disciplines including poetry, dance, visual art, filmmaking, history, literature, music and theatre will feature in a truly unique and memorable series of happenings.

Acting CEO of St. Patrick’s Festival, Edelle Moss welcomed the arrival of our patron saint commenting; “I am delighted that St. Patrick has arrived safely for the 2013 Festival. His presence in Dublin throughout the Festival celebrations always creates a splash!  The 2013 Festival has involved 18 months of planning and I am confident that this year’s festivities will be the best to date. The economic impact of the Festival is also hugely beneficial to the country with previous research showing that spending by tourists and Dubliners contributes over €50.5m to the economy annually making it one of the most important events of the year for a lot of businesses in the city.”

St. Patrick’s Festival takes place from 14th – 18th March, 2013. See


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Notes to Editors:
St. Patrick’s Festival
The principal aim of St. Patrick’s Festival, since its inauguration, is to develop a major annual international Festival around the national holiday over which the ‘owners’ of the Festival, the Irish people, would stand proud. It sets out to reflect the talents and achievements of Irish people on many national and world stages, and it acts as an exciting showcase for the manifold skills of the people of Ireland, of every age and social background.
As the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish.
Why was it started? 
To offer a national Festival that ranks amongst all of the greatest celebration in the world.
To create energy and excitement throughout Ireland, via innovation, creativity, grassroots involvement, and marketing activity.
To provide the opportunity and motivation for people of Irish descent (and those who sometimes wish they were Irish) to attend and join in the imaginative and expressive celebrations.
To project, internationally, an accurate image of Ireland as a creative, professional and sophisticated country with wide appeals.
The first St Patrick’s Festival was held over one day, and night, on March 17th 1996. The live audience for the day was estimated to be 430,000.
In 1997, we dropped the word “Day” from our title and it became “St. Patrick’s Festival”, a three day event. The Festival has since grown to become a four day festival and in 2001 was enjoyed by 1.2million people.
Preparation for the first St Patrick’s Festival used to take only 5 months, but with the growth of the Festival, it now takes 18 months to plan for Ireland’s biggest annual celebration.
St. Patrick’s Festival is supported by Fáilte Ireland and Dublin City Council.

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