Wherever you are in Ireland, the weeks and days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day are the perfect excuse to spend time with family and friends, and to dive into the unique ‘Paddy’s Day’ celebrations which are now marked globally. Make the most of your trip, with a 15% discount on your Europcar rental.
1. Explore on a road trip
March is the perfect time to hire a car and discover some of the breathtaking, rugged coastlines Ireland has to offer. Plan your trip to take in the Wild Atlantic Way in the west of Ireland and stop off at the many villages that will be sure to invite you to share in their St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
2. Pick a parade, any parade
Host to an impressive street carnival, music, dancing and street theatre performances, Dublin’s 5-day event promises an awesome time for everyone. However, if you’re looking to experience St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland without the packed crowds and maybe in a less-touristy way, there are so many other cities for you to choose from! Dingle kicks off St. Patrick’s Day celebrations as early as 6a.m. with the Dingle Fife and Drum Band leading the way down the streets. Cork holds the shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade around the world. Limerick gathers around 70,000 spectators for a massive parade and festival and Galway hosts a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day festival that features many local artists and groups, with live music and amazing performances.
3. Sample traditional Irish cuisine
Discover the delights of comforting Irish food, washed down with a glass of Guinness or the non-alcoholic ‘Guinness Zero’ option for the designated driver! Corned beef with authentic Irish colcannon (a smooth mix of cabbage and mashed potatoes), Irish stew… and of course, a dessert made with creamy Bailey’s Irish Cream.
4. Dance as only the Irish know how
There’s nothing like the sound of Irish music to get your feet tapping. Don’t visit Ireland around the time of the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations without your best dancing shoes! You’ll find parties, live music and dancing all over Ireland in March and the locals will be only too happy to show you how it’s done.
5. Go green
Make sure to pack clothes in Ireland’s lucky colour – green. Step out in style in your favourite green attire, dress the kids up like leprechauns or add a touch of green to your outfit with a shamrock sprig.
Get ready for marching bands, floats, costumes, and lots of fun entertainment over the course of the parade as it winds its way through the city.