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St Patrick's Day Tours
One of the easiest ways to enjoy the St Patrick's Day in Dublin is to join one of the many tours on offer. We have some information on a few of the great tour operators who operate tours to Dublin for St Patrick's Day. The following tour operators are some of the biggest and best in the business and they will be sure to provide you with an amazing experience that is sure to cure your travel FOMO.
In 1999, Shamrocker Adventures started running trips throughout Ireland with their mission to give independent budget travellers the chance to really discover Ireland and remember it as one of the best times of their life.
Shamrocker Adventures want their passengers to meet genuine Irish locals and experience this vibrant culture first-hand and they make sure you get a tremendous insight into their country, meet real local characters and discover what it means to be Irish.
Shamrocker Adventures operate either 4 day trips just for the St Patrick's Day festival or you can combine St Patrick's Day with the Shamrocker Celtic Combo for a 9 day ultimate all-Ireland extravaganza, which will be a 6 day trip around the Emerald Isle plus 3 days in Dublin for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The St Patrick's Day portions of the trips include accommodation, breakfasts, entry to the Guinness Storehouse, walking tour of Dublin and a Lonely Planet Guidebook! You also have the option with their 4 day trips of a return coach transfers from London.
Topdeck Travel specialise in trips for 18 – 30 somethings and was started by a group of friends in 1973 who all shared a passion for adventure, Topdeck Travel has a long history of delivering authentic and fun group travel and today Topdeck Travel continues to seek out and explore the hottest new travel destinations. A Topdeck trip can take you to Europe, Australia & New Zealand, North America, the Middle East & North Africa and Africa.
Join the Topdeck 4 Day St Patrick's Day Tour in Dublin and enjoy the music, street theatre, comedy, street performances and night spectacles. What better way to celebrate the national holiday of the Irish than with the locals in the very heart of Ireland.
This Topdeck St Patrick’s Day Trip includes 3 nights multi-share accommodation in a centrally located hostel with breakfast each morning. As well as this, you will do a walking tour of Dublin and visit the Guinness Storehouse for a very refreshing tour and tasting. No one throws a party quite like the Irish.
Fifty years ago, the Contiki story was first created when a young New Zealander embarked on a journey across Europe. He got a minibus and gathered together a group to travel with and the result was the birth of Contiki Holidays. Contiki Holidays has been travelling the world since 1962 and is the original travel company for 18-35 year olds and remains the worldwide leader in tours for 18-35 year olds, offering an unbeatable mix of sightseeing and culture in over 40 countries across 6 continents.
Contiki Holidays create hassle-free vacations for like-minded people who share a passion for discovering amazing places and is trusted by travellers all over the world.
Contiki Holidays have 4 day trips to Dublin for St Patrick's Day that include either hotel or hostel style accommodation. They also have the option of starting and finishing in Dublin or getting return coach and ferry transportation from London.
St Patrick's Day Travel Information
To be in Dublin for St Patrick's Day is one of the must-do travel experiences. We have extensive information on all St Patrick's Day in Dublin travel and tour options available. With millions of people attending the St Patrick's Day festival each year, Dublin becomes a very very busy place and available accommodation and flights become hard to come by for St Patrick's Day. We advise you to book as early as you possibly can.
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St Patrick's Day Information
St Patrick's Day is an Irish national, cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March each year. It is named in honour of Saint Patrick, who was a 5th-century Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. He was known as the "Apostle of Ireland" and is the most famous patron saint of Ireland.
St Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by many Christian denominations. The day commemorates Saint Patrick, the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating the heritage and culture of Ireland and the Irish in general. St Patrick’s Day celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, as well as the wearing of green attire and shamrocks. Many people also attend church services and as the festival almost always occurs during the Christian period of Lent, Christians in Ireland are often restricted on what they can eat and drinking alcohol during the period. However, these restrictions are often relaxed for St Patrick’s Day, which some insist has encouraged the Day's tradition of alcohol consumption.
St Patrick's Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada and Montserrat in the Caribbean. It is also widely celebrated by people of Irish descent with elaborate parades held across the globe and the green beer flows faster than the Shannon River in Dublin in pubs all over the planet! Many locals of particular countries have adopted St Patrick’s Day as a day of celebration, especially in Britain, Canada, USA, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.
Saint Patrick's feast day, as a kind of national day, was already being celebrated by the Irish in Europe in the ninth and tenth centuries, but it wasn’t until later times that Saint Patrick became more widely known as the patron of Ireland. Saint Patrick's feast day became a holy day of obligation for Roman Catholics in Ireland due to the influence of Irish Franciscan scholar Luke Wadding in the early 1600s. It is also a feast day for the Church of Ireland.
As a result of the Bank Holiday (Ireland) Act 1903, St Patrick's Day has been an official public holiday in Ireland since 1903. Irish Member of Parliament, James O’Mara, moved to have this important law enacted in the British Parliament at the time. Ironically he later introduced a law that required that pubs and bars be closed on 17 March after drinking became far too outrageous on the Day. This law was repealed in the 1970s and in the mid-1990s the Ireland Government set up a group called the St Patrick's Festival to use St Patrick's Day to showcase Ireland and its culture, which has led to the St Patrick’s Day that we see and love today.
Wearing Of The Green
Originally the colour ‘Blue’ was more associated with Saint Patrick, but these days the colour ‘Green’ is more associated with Ireland and St Patrick's Day. Green ribbons and shamrocks have been used with celebrations of St Patrick's Day as early as the 1600’s. It is widely believe that Saint Patrick used a three-leaved plant, or a shamrock, to explain the Holy Trinity. On St Patrick’s Day everyone can now be seen wearing or displaying shamrocks or shamrock-inspired designs.
In the 1798 rebellion, to make a political statement, Irish soldiers wore full green uniforms on 17 March in hopes of catching public attention. The phrase "the wearing of the green", meaning to wear a shamrock on one's clothing, derives from a song of the same name.
What To Do There???
On St Patrick ’s Day each year, everyone becomes Irish for the day. There really is only one place in the World where you can properly celebrate this massive day and that is the country that started it all – Ireland.
In Dublin on 17 March you should head to Parnell Square to secure yourself a spot for the famous St. Patrick`s Day Parade, which makes its way through the city centre. Throughout Dublin there will be plenty of local singing and dancing that is a once-in-a-life-time experience not to be missed! An absolute sea of green encompasses Dublin and celebrations carry on well into the evening. If you visit St Dublin for St Patrick’s Day you will have plenty of opportunity to listen to live traditional Irish music as it is performed in almost every pub and bar throughout the whole city.
Other options for people to consider is to get on a walking tour of the city to take in all the sights. Everyone who goes to Dublin, be it for St Patrick’s Day or just any time of the year in general, should take a tour of the famous Guinness Storehouse, where you can watch and learn how the beer is brewed before tasting a sample yourself. You can even take part in the Guinness Connoisseur Experience, the Guinness Storehouse's luxurious bar-lounge, for a 75-minute tasting session! Or you might want to explore the galleries, museums and shops and watch all the iconic buildings, which have been `greened up` for St Patrick’s Day festivities. In the evening hit the Temple Bar area for some lively Irish nightlife. Seriously, you will probably not find more drinking establishments in one particular small area in any other place in the World!
The biggest and best thing to do for St Patrick’s Day in Dublin is just simply make sure you have a pint of beer or Guinness, dance the jig and stand on tables and get wild in the home of Ireland’s biggest festival.