If you’re traveling to Dublin this year for St. Patrick’s Day 2012, be ready for some fun-filled days and nights. The city’s events kick off on Friday March 16th at 10:00 a.m. with the City at Play Funfair at Merrion Square West. From roller coasters to carousels there is something for everyone. The fair runs through Monday the 19th.
The Guinness Storehouse located at St. James Gate offers more great entertainment, food and beverages to taste. The storehouse is a seven-floor historic structure containing the famous brewery where you can watch the brew being made, have a bite in the dining hall and even shop for souvenirs. On St. Patricks day 2012, the storehouse features live bands, a Ceili Mor; Irish set dancing similar to square dancing, Irish food tasting and even caricaturists so you can laugh at yourself.
Other things to do in Dublin include attending the Irish Craft Beer Festival on Georges Dock Friday March 16th through Monday March 19th. The event includes a showcase of local Irish brewing, local live music and food stalls featuring Irish cuisine. Workshops for children are also offered with face-painting and street performers.
On Saturday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m. your family can meet at 8 Merrion Square for an architecture tour of the city. The tour focuses on the Georgian architecture style of Merrion Square and interaction with the guide is encouraged through question-and-answer and other activities. The tours are guided by architects who are RIAI registered so you can expect an information-packed afternoon.
The St. Patrick’s Festival Parade also begins at 12:00 p.m. at the city center. The theme for this year is How?What?Why? and highlights the amazing world of science. Marching bands and floats interpret scientific themes with imagination and creativity. Marching bands are present from Ireland, Britain, the United States and Russia to add to the festivities. The parade route starts at Parnell Square and passes through O’Connell St. over O’Connell Bridge to Westmoreland St. through Dame and Lord Edward Streets past Christchurch Cathedral and finally past St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
On all four days you can take a walking tour titled “In the footsteps of St. Patrick” where you walk past historical sites like Christchurch and St. Patrick’s Cathedral guided by Dublin historian and author Pat Liddy. Tours start at 2:30 p.m. opposite Trinity College.
On Saturday at 3:30 p.m., the city center of Dublin is filled with music as performers like Daithi O’Dronai, an electronic synthesized fiddler, Mariachi San Patricio, a Mexican traditional band and Mick Donegan, Irish step dancer show off their art forms. Watch out for magical creatures in costumes prowling through the crowd.
On Monday, March 19 the Discovering Science Treasure Hunt lets you travel through a trail of Dublin city landmarks highlighting their connection to science on the way. You can plot your own course, figure out clues and then meet back at Dublin City Hall to record your findings. This is a fun way to tour the city and learn something along the way.
Whatever you plans for St. Patrick’s Day 2012, just absorbing the charm and hospitality of the city of Dublin can make it the best St. Paddy’s day you’ve ever experienced. Failte!