Discover Ireland show you ten different ways to celebrate the Paddy's Day festivities

Culture in the Capital

Dublin will come alive with pageantry, carnivals and free entertainment from 16th – 19th March, for the annual St. Patricks Festival. In recognition of Dublin’s status as The City of Science, the festival parade and ever-popular Treasure Hunt is this year inspired by the how, what and why of science.

The St.Patrick’s Festival Ceilí launches the festivitieson16thMarch. Ireland’s largest St. Patricks Day Parade takes place on March 17thwith Dublin’s status as the City of Science taking centre stage. Be sure to soak up the electric atmosphere of this world famous parade, and dance to the beat of the drums of some of the world’s best marching bands.

The Festival Big Day Out on Sunday18thMarch offers a free street festival like no other for all the family in Merrion Square and on Monday, if you’ve any energy left why not take part in the St. Patricks Day Festival Treasure Hunt.

Nationwide festivities

The Notre Dame University Marching Band kicks off Kilkenny’s St.Patrick’s Day celebrations with a live performance on the Plaza on16thMarch. Kilkenny Hurling star and team captain, Brian Hogan will lead the St. Patrick’s Day parade through the streets of the city on the 17th March, but if rock is more your thing then head to ‘Rock on the Plaza’, a live gig in the city centre later that day.

Spicing things up in Galway, the Trad Trail in the Latin Quarter of the city centre on 17thMarch promises music and dancing with a twist! Be sure to dress to impress with the Green Tie Event in theMeyrick Hotel, Eyre Squarewhere music sessions, street performers and dance groups will be at hand to entertain spectators before and after the main parade.

Marking the centenary of the Titanic’s maiden voyage, Cobh is inviting festival goers to take a trip back in time to 1912 for this year’s St.Patrick’s Day celebrations. A historical parade will act as the backdrop to the Cobh museum’s opening of ‘Titanic- reflections and Reactions- Queenstown 1912’.

In Cork City, the festivities kick off with the Going for Gold: Cork Games 2012 St. Patrick’s Day themed parade. After you have enjoyed the parade take a stroll over to the Grand Parade and grab a bite to eat at the St. Patrick’s Day festival artesian food market.

Did you know that Waterford City was the first city in Ireland to declare St. Patrick’s Day a national holiday in 1903? And this year, the city continues its tradition of putting on one of the best parties in the country. With a surprise guest Grand Marshall and internationally renowned street theatre company Spraoi leading the parade plus live music and free entertainment, Waterford City will be the place to be this St. Patricks Day.

To keep the party going, musical buffs can tap along to the tempo at the 41stInternational Band Parade and Competition which will be in full swing on March 18th in Limerick City. Joining the festivities, the Limerick International Band Parade will be celebrating their 43rd anniversary, supported by bands from the US, Europe, Northern Ireland and 800 musicians from Limerick.

Looking for something different?

If you’re looking to escape the St. Patrick Day festivities, then there are plenty of alternatives. Reeling in the festival-goers is The Dingle International Film Festival, running from 15th - 18th March.

Visit Discover Ireland's website for more information on all events and festivals taking place across Ireland this St. Patricks weekend.