It's all go this St Patrick’s weekend on RTÉ, with a wide range of specially curated content across television, radio and online to celebrate all that it is to be Irish today!
The National Parade
This year’s national St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin will be broadcast live on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player, bringing the world-famous spectacle from the streets of Dublin to millions of people in Ireland and across the world. Coming together for the first time are RTÉ’s Dáithí ÓSé, Sarah McInerney and Emer O’Neill and Thomas Crosse (Crossy) who will bring all the excitement, fun and pageantry to everyone at home and abroad on Friday 17 March from 12.15 pm.
In addition to the extended parade programme on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player, the national St. Patrick's Day parade will be streamed on RTÉ.ie and will also be available on the RTÉ News Channel and RTÉ News App. A special St. Patrick's Day tracker will also feature on the rte.ie homepage.
RTÉ will also bring coverage of St. Patrick's Day parades from around the country across its services including a special Six One News programme.
Late Late Show Special
Join Ryan Tubridy live this St Patrick’s Day on The Late Late Show to celebrate the most Irish night of the year. In a night of songs, stories and surprises, Ryan is joined by Ireland's favourite action hero Liam Neeson, as he celebrates his 100th movie.
There's something for everyone throughout the St. Patrick’s weekend, with television highlights including the RTÉ Choice Music Prize highlights show, Six Nations Rugby, GAA Live, the Dancing with The Stars final, and the much-anticipated return of Kin. For the little ones, RTÉ Jr have a fantastic line-up from early morning, including Fia’s Fairies, Bright Sparks and Peppa Muc – Peppa Pig as Gaeilge!
On RTÉ Player and RTÉ.ie
In addition to streaming the St. Patrick's Day Parade worldwide, live and on-demand, RTÉ Player will feature the best of Irish content including documentary series Real Irish Stories and Steps of Freedom: The Story of Irish Dance. Irish Language progammes including Realtaí na Gaeltachta agus Le Chéile.
Then there are homegrown drama boxsets including The Dry, Normal People and Rebellion, as well as the RTÉ Player original Our Land, that delves into what it means to identify as 'Irish’ today and how immigration shapes our understanding of identity and home.
Elsewhere, RTÉ Culture will be celebrating Irish arts and culture all weekend.
At 1.30pm on RTÉ Radio 1 on St Patrick's Day, Brenda Donohue travels the country and finds out why St Patrick's Day is so special to so many families on Like Family.
At 2pm, The RTÉ Concert Orchestra Presents New Irish Recordings, with presenter Fiachna Ó Braonáin, brings to RTÉ Radio 1 the work of some of the most exciting artists making music in Ireland today - Aoife Nessa Frances, Stevie Appleby and Síomha. The programme features brand new orchestral arrangements of the artists' original music written especially for this programme.
Nature on One presents The Dandelion in a Mooney Goes Wild documentary at 3pm, where biologist Terry Flanagan discovers why the humble dandelion deserves our respect.
At 4 pm, Mise Freshin' is a musical road trip throughout the island of Ireland with presenter Ray Cuddihy.
And from 7 pm, Arena will celebrate the wonderful year of Irish films with a look back at interviews with the people behind An Cailín Ciúin, The Banshees of Inisherin with Martin McDonagh, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, as well as an interview with Paul Mescal discussing his Academy Award nominated role in Aftersun.
On RTÉ 2FM Dave Fanning brings you a two-hour U2 Special on the day the Dublin band release their new album Songs of Surrender (2-4pm, March 17th)
On RTÉ lyric fm, George Hamilton kicks off St. Patrick's Day celebrations from 7 am with music from some of the finest Irish composers and musicians, including Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Celine Byrne and John Spillane.
Beidh Lá Fhéile Pádraig á cheiliúradh ag Aedín Gormley agus í beo ar an raidió ó 1-4 i.n. ar an lá. Scoth na gceoltóirí clasaiceacha agus tradisiúnta a bheidh ar an gclár chun tús maith a chur leis an deireadh seachtaine fada. Beidh ceol aoibhinn le cloisteáil ó Cheolfhoireann Aireagail na hÉireann agus beidh cúpla amhrán éagsúil ón amhránaí ildánach Michelle O'Rourke.
Broadcasting live from Limerick from 4-7 pm, Lorcan Murray will celebrate Lá Fhéile Pádraig with a beautiful selection of traditional Irish music, contemporary Irish music and classical music.
At 7 pm, we join Paul Herriott live from the stage of the National Concert Hall as the National Symphony Orchestra celebrates St Patrick’s Day, steeped in the music of one of Ireland’s finest composers, Shaun Davey, with the world premiere of his new Cello Concerto and his timeless and epic contemporary classic, The Brendan Voyage.
Vespertine celebrates new music from two fine harpists, Úna Monaghan and Brona McVittie, while Christine Tobin re-connects with her roots, and we hear new releases from Lankum, Lisa O'Neill and Cormac McCarthy.
RTÉ lyric fm continues its celebration of Irishness across the remainder of the weekend with Movies and Musicals on Saturday March 18th, while Sean Rocks provides the perfect playlist for your St. Patrick's Day weekend as he welcomes renowned fiddle player Martin Hayes in studio on Sunday March 19th, and later that day on The Lyric Feature from 6 pm, Eoin ‘Stan’ O’Sullivan, Sliabh Luachra musician in residence, assists Paul McDermott in the search for six old vinyl records – a story looking back at a musical tradition’s past and an effort to safeguard its future.
On Raidío na Gaeltachta, Naomh Pádraig Caint agus Seanchas, an archive programme featuring discussions, traditions and lore about St Patrick broadcasts at 9:15 am, while An Saol ó Dheas, with all the fun of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations live from Baile an Fheirtéaraigh in Corca Dhuibhne, Co. Kerry will be presented by Helen Ní Shé from 12-1 pm.
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On Friday 17th March at 7.35 pm on RTÉ2, Peter Collins presents live League of Ireland coverage of Derry City v Sligo Rovers from the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium.
On Sat 18th March, catch Scotland v Italy in the Guinness Six Nations 2023 live from Murrayfield on RTÉ2 at 12.00 pm. Afterwards, settle in for GAA LIVE on RTÉ2 from 2.45 pm with Meath v Dublin and Armagh v Galway.
On Sun 19th March, RTÉ Player will stream Scotland v Italy in the Under-20 Six Nations 2023 from 1.50 pm.
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