Top things to do this St. Patrick's Day

Top things to do this St. Patrick's Day

With St. Patrick's day just around the corner, the Sunday World have compiled a list of things to do for this year's celebrations.

The St. Patrick’s day parade has been in full swing for years, it’s the main focus for many towns and villages across Ireland - and even the world.

With this year being no different, the main cities have pulled out all the stops for the upcoming celebrations.

Dublin's theme for  this year's parade, ‘Imagine If…,’ was inspired by the imagination of the youth of Ireland as they look to the future for the next 100 years.

Irish bands will be joined on stage with acts from the US, UK and France to help kick off the 2016 celebrations.

The parade begins at 12pm from Parnell Square in Dublin city centre and it heads across the city.

With Galway drawing focus on the last 100 years, the theme is 'Centenary of the Irish Republic', and is set to showcase all things Irish.

This year marks the 113th parade for Galway which will include local artists and community groups, it aims to celebrate the city's diverse culture and talent through an inclusive programme of events.

The highlights of the parade include,The Galway Arts Centre, Colours Street Theatre, An Taibhdhearc Theatre and Galway Theatre Festival - the parade will kick off at 11:30am.

Cork City have also went with the Centenary theme, ‘1916- The Legacy’, which will be a showcase of colour, music, pageantry and comic fun.

The Cork celebrations will start at 1pm at the South Mall - packed with live Irish music, markets, comedy antics and circus performers it's not one to be missed.

The Guinness Storehouse is running its 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival with live music, Ceilí dancers, food and of course, the perfect pint.

The St. James Gate brewery is offering free admission on the 17th for anyone named Patrick, Patricia - or any other variant for that matter.

The five-day-festival is running from the 16th - 20th, from 9:30am - 6:00pm every day, tickets can be bought through the website for celebrations in one of Dublin's greatest attractions.  

So they're calling on all Patricks, Patricias and everyone in between to head down to the storehouse on St. Patrick’s Day for free admission and one of the finest pints of Guinness this city has to offer.

If you’re looking for something to do with the kids, the City at Play: Funfairs are taking place in Merrion Square and the Custom House Quay - which has something for the whole family.

The events will take place from 11am - 9pm at both Marrion Square and Custom House Quay.

Waltzers, Carousels, family attractions, it’s a great day for the whole family whether you are young, or just young at heart.

If you’re more interested in the historical aspect of St. Patrick’s day, the annual ‘In the Footsteps of St. Patrick’ walking tour will running from the 17th - 20th.

The walk is in celebration of Ireland’s patron saint, led by the renowned Dublin historian and author Pat Liddy.

The walking tour leads you down the off beaten track, discovering the truth behind the legends and the Dublin of his time.

The tour begins at 2:15pm from Suffolk St. on the 17th, and finished with a visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral itself.

With the tour lasting roughly 2 hours, tickets cost €14 and can be booked through the St. Patrick’s Festival website.

For those of you looking to avoid the city, the Irish Craft Beer and Whiskey Village out in the RDS is a great alternative.

Running for its fifth year, the indoor events is a celebration of beer, whiskey, food and live music - tickets cost €15 and the event will be running from 12pm - 11pm on the 17th.

With cocktail making masterclasses, silents discos, live music, DJ’s, barber shops and gaming zones, it’s a great escape from the hectic streets of Dublin City.

So there you have it, enough fun-filled events to keep everyone happy.