St. Patrick’s Festival 2019
St. Patrick’s Festival returns to the capital this March with a spectacular five-day family programme.
This year's theme celebrates the very best of Irish traditional and contemporary Storytelling. From Irish mythology and defining historical moments of our past, Ireland’s rich storytelling tradition is world renowned. This year’s theme is interpreted across five days of family focused events, such as the Festival Parade and new for 2019, the three-day Festival Village at Merrion Square to inspire family fun for all ages.
Events this year include:
- The world famous Festival Parade on Sunday March 17 will start at noon on Parnell Square, Dublin before weaving its way through the city in a bold spectacle of colour, performance and music.
- Festival Village at Merrion Square will be running from March 16 to 18, featuring a Gaeltacht, a Céilí Mór, circus and science shows, children’s readings and discos, live music, village hall talks, street theatre, world food stalls and much more.
- The City at Play: Funfair will light up the city with colourful carnival fairground attractions. Dare to be suspended upside down or whisked through the air at amazing speed! Suitable for all the family, enjoy the thrills and spills of the Funfair experience!
- Tesco Ireland will partner on a number of family events across the weekend, with many taking place in the Festival Village, including a huge outdoor Céilí Mór on Saturday March 16 and a fantastic family programme including storytelling, music and puppetry at Granny Whale’s Pirate Tales and the breathtaking acrobatics of Tumble Circus at the Festival Big Top.
- EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, in CHQ on Custom House Quay, has a fascinating programme of events inspired by the theme of Storytelling. Family events include a crafting and interactive story workshop A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea with award–winning writer Sarah Webb; drop into the slimy science lab and get grubby at the disgusting Slime Labs Workshop with Catherine McGuinness!
- Gnás is a series of site-specific performances for young adults, supported by the Arts Council, celebrating the ritualistic nature of the Irish arts, beginning in infancy and childhood, progressing to adolescence and adulthood, and ending in death and the afterlife.
- The Words That Bind Us is a project that brings together poets from Ireland and Scotland to collaborate with a new generation of young writers. Students from Trinity Comprehensive School in Ballymun have been working with the renowned poets Stephen James Smith (Ire) and Leyla Josephine (Scot) and weekly guest poets, to create new work through participative workshops that explore the themes of belonging and identity. Students and poets will present their work at axis Ballymun on March 16.
Visit https://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/ for the full list of events.