It’s that time of year once more, when the people of Ireland take to the streets for an hour or two of parading vintage vehicles, animals and what may or may not represent modern art, when wearing completely green outfits becomes temporarily acceptable, while on the other side of the pond our American cousins make up for any lack of enthusiasm on our part.
The great thing about this time of year is that the entertainment is free. While the main events will be happening in Ireland’s cities, don’t be afraid to head down to the local towns and villages – we’ve spent the last few years attending parades in towns across Co Kildare filled with bands, school marchers, vintage machinery and plenty of craic to go around.
And for all of the Pats, Paddys, Patricias (basically anyone whose name is a variant of our well-remembered patron saint), if you’re around Dublin this Paddy’s Day you can get free admission into the Guinness Storehouse, normally €18 on the door (for adults).
If it’s your thing, get into the spirit of the day with green clothing, an itchy orange beard and a loud, large leprechaun hat. Considering March 17th is the only day when it’s socially acceptable to go out in public dressed like this, don’t go breaking the bank. Head to Lidl, Dealz or the many euro stores up and down the country for some cheap and cheerful Paddy’s Day accessories.
Above everything, enjoy!