24 Jan, 2014

St. Patrick’s Festival 2014 Looks to our Past

St. Patrick’s Festival, Ireland’s National Holiday celebration, will take place from 14th to 17th March this year, celebrating the very best of Irish and international talent.

For the first time in its history, St. Patrick’s Festival has developed a three year theme and narrative for the Parade of ‘Past, Present and Future’ adopting the commemorative era in Ireland’s history as its inspiration. The 2014 Festival Parade theme, ‘Let’s Make History’, draws on the ‘Past’ as its inspiration and is the first step on this exciting, creative journey.  In 2015 we will explore our present which leads us into 2016 where we look to the future and the festival will pose the question, who do we aspire to be in the next 100 years?

St. Patrick’s Festival stalwarts such as the Festival Céilí, Festival Treasure Hunt and Festival Big Day Out all return to this year’s four-day programme. Also returning to the 2014 line-up is the Festival’s highly distinguished cultural programme, I Love My City, which marks its third year offering locals and visitors the chance to experience Dublin’s rich and vibrant heritage. The series of free ‘I Love My City’ events sees established and emerging artists from a variety of disciplines including poetry, dance, visual art, filmmaking, history, literature, music and theatre perform in some of Dublin’s most historical and culturally significant locations.

The Festival Céilí at St. Stephen’s Green will kick things off on Friday, 14th March at 4.30pm where the public are invited to put on their dancing shoes and get involved in a unique outdoor celebration of traditional Irish dance. The Festival Treasure Hunt on Saturday, 15th March is a free, fun-filled and novel trail through a collection of Dublin city’s landmark buildings and venues; a great way for all ages to discover Dublin city.

The Festival Big Day Out takes place on Sunday, 16th March. Set in Georgian Dublin, this family event is bursting with colour, street performances, theatrics, Irish language events, workshops, fun zones, music and open air shows.  Always popular with young reading enthusiasts, the UNESCO children’s event will also be presented at this year’s Festival Big Day Out.

The Festival’s principal event, the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade, takes place on Monday, 17th March where Ireland’s leading pageant companies will bring this year’s theme, ‘Let’s Make History’, to life on the streets of Dublin City. The iconic Festival parade welcomes the music of international marching bands as it journeys past some of the most famous and historic landmarks of our capital city.

Speaking about the 2014 Festival, Susan Kirby, CEO of St. Patrick’s Festival said: “The Festival continues to go from strength to strength, generating a staggering €122 million for the Irish economy last year. We are delighted with this year’s four-day programme of events which includes established favourites such as the Festival Céilí and Big Day Out along with our cultural programme,

I Love My City. We are also excited to announce a three year thematic narrative for 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the Festival Parade which looks at the Past, Present and Future, drawing inspiration from this commemorative era in Ireland’s history.”

Adding “This year’s ‘Let’s Make History’ theme is sure to allow for creative interpretation and colour on the streets of Dublin at our National Parade on March 17th and the three year thematic will ultimately allow us to pose the question ‘Who do we aspire to be in the next 100 years’ as part of the festivals 2016 parade theme”.

Other highlights of the St. Patrick’s Festival programme this year include Céilí House Live in Concert at the National Concert Hall, an outdoor music and street programme, Gaelspraoi the Irish language programme and the stunning Greening the City that turns some of Ireland’s key landmarks green each year.

St. Patrick’s Festival will take place this year from 14th – 17th March. For details on the exciting four-day Festival programme log on to, download the app or join the Festival’s official Facebook and Twitter pages.


For further information, please contact:
Maria McGrath, FleishmanHillard, on 01 6188420 / 0861653055 or
Kevin Moore, FleishmanHillard on 01 6188499 / 0868252611 or

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