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St Patrick's Day Festivities in Dublin, Ireland

Does anyone have any suggestions for the BEST way to celebrate St Patrick's Day in Dublin?

Where exactly is the Parade route? Any Pubs in particular that do it up in style?
Where might I find "Green coloured Guiness"? Or is that just something we North Americans do? Been to Dublin but never on St Paddy's Day. I want the full experience!

Any comments or suggestions would be most appreciated!

Thanks, everyone!

F/A

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You are kidding right? St. Patricks Day in Dublin is celebrated w/a very large parade. On what used to be and still is on most of the island a 'holy day of obligation' The whole town parties. If you find 'green' Guiness my guess it isn't Guiness. My suggestion would be find a spot and just ENJOY!!!!
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Oh yeah, don't expect to find Corned Beef & Cabbage unless you want to be tagged a tourist. In Ireland they eat 'bacon'(ham)and cabbage. Corned Beef is a North American custom from Boston. My mom would say, "Corned beef and cabbage is that... that... Boston Irish." as she waved her hand in the air. What do you expect from a Clare girl. ha, ha.

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808 posts

LOL!! Thanks for the heads up. I can just imagine one of us asking for just that!! Maybe even ME!! It's a common feature on the menu at Irish "like" Pubs around here on the day of days!

Please do keep those ideas headed my way! I've gotta fly but will check back when I have the chance!!

Thanks, everyone!!

Safe Skies,

F/A

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Actually the biggest St. Patricks day celebration is in New York City. St. Patricks day is not as famous in Ireland as it is here in America. Sorry!

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I spent 2 weeks in Ireland over St Patricks Day in 2005. We stayed in the southwest. I dont know about the rest of the country, but in Macroom, St Pats was like New Year;s Eve and Mardi Gras combined! It started out with an international church service at 10AM, lunch at noon of lamb stew (we were told this is traditional?) and a parade at 3PM, after that all hell broke loose with dancing, drinking and major partying occuring until the next morning. It was great fun, but exhausting!! My recommendation for Dublin would be to ask the hotel staff where the locals go to get away from the tourists. Have fun!

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Just a bit of information that has slipped by many. This year the Catholic church will celebrate St. Patrick's day on Friday, 14 February, because the 17th is during Holy Week and doctrine states that no other Saints day may be celebrated during Holy Week. I don't know what this means for celebrations in Ireland, but it might be worth checking which date will be used. Most secular celebrations are still occuring on the 17th in the US, although it has been questioned as to how some might celebrate if they are observing Holy Week with the expected behavior and consumption restrictions.

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So some St Paddy's Day religious celebrations have already taken place then last month on February 14th? Very interesting. Thanks for that, Kevin. I had no idea!

If anyone has any further detail on what will and won't be happening as a result please do be sure to check back here and post!