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St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin

St. Patrick’s Day is a public and religious holiday, named after the most widely recognised of Ireland’s patron saints. It’s also arguably Ireland’s most celebrated day of the year. The country prepares itself for the festivities each March 17th, and there’s a definite buzz in the capital city. From enjoying a pint with friends and colleagues to partying at the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, Dublin is a city that knows how to celebrate St. Paddy’s. Plus, the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin is within walking distance of all the action.

St. Patrick’s Festival

This Irish holiday is one of the world’s most celebrated public holidays, with events taking place on and around the 17th March in cities all over the globe. However, the most desired celebration has to be that of the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, which takes place in the capital city of Dublin.

St. Patrick’s Festival was created to promote a sense of pride both in the Irish, and those of Irish descent all over the world. The aim was also to promote Ireland on an international scale. The first St. Patrick’s Day Festival took place in 1996 as a one-day event on the 17th March. Since then it has grown from strength to strength. It is now a 4-day festival enjoyed by over 1 million people each year.

The busy festival programme includes music and art performances, comedy shows, walking tours, storytelling, beer festivals and the greening of the city, which involves illuminating the city’s iconic buildings with green lights.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral was built in honour of the patron saint. It is located opposite the famous well where the saint is believed to have baptised religious converts. The church received cathedral status in 1224, and is now an architectural and historical site attracting a high volume of visitors each year.