Today, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by people of all backgrounds in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Although North America is home to the largest productions, St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated in other locations far from Ireland, including Japan, Singapore, and Russia.

Ireland's biggest annual celebration, attracting over 1.3 million people. St. Patrick's Day celebrations now continue for four days!  In modern-day Ireland, St. Patrick's Day has traditionally been a religious occasion. In fact, up until the 1970s, Irish laws mandated that pubs be closed on March 17. Beginning in 1995, however, the Irish government began a national campaign to use St. Patrick's Day as an opportunity to drive tourism and showcase Ireland to the rest of the world. Last year, close to one million people took part in Ireland 's St. Patrick's Festival in Dublin, a multi-day celebration featuring parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions, and fireworks shows.

  •  Do not miss the  4 days of exciting festival events.

  • The world famous St Patrick's day Parade.

  • The sensational fireworks display.

  •  Irish Music and dance.

St Patrick's Week Events in Dublin

Five-Day Event Guide to Festival

Wednesday March 15th

GE Money Oíche Smithfield Square

Komos is an ariel spectacle which will launch the 2006 St Patrick's Festival in the heart of Dublin City in Smithfield Square. Grupo Puja (Argentina & Spain) have developed a unique style of spectacle which combines acrobatics, circus and hair-raising choreography, all of which is performed overhead.

Eight performers attach themselves to a futuristic globe which is attached to a crane and perform breath taking choreography, 30-50 feet over head. The globe is beautifully lit and the costumes and set are reminiscent of astronauts tumbling inside a space shuttle.

Audiences will feel like they have been rocketed into space watching this stunning blend of live music, lighting and choreography. Winners of the Best Outdoor Show at the Fira Tarrega, Spain, 2005.

A special opening night performance of music, song and drumming will launch Cosmos and the Festival. One hundred drummers from local Smithfield and other Dublin communities will join together with the Dublin based world music group De Jimbe in Baile, an Afro-Irish celebration of 'home'.

Directed by Brian Fleming and Bisi Adigun

St. Patrick's Festival Symposium
Dublin Castle, Conference Center
9:30am - 5:00pm


The St. Patrick's Festival Symposium in association with Dublin City Development Board, now in its fourth year, provides a platform for conversation and discussion on a wide range of issues.

Building on the success of previous symposia, the theme for 2006 is "What is Public Space?" The Festival Symposium aims to create an event which looks at the many faceted responses to "What is Public Space?" and what this means for the changing communities in Ireland and the public at large.

In 2006, the festival will increase the international scope of the event; ensure an interactive day conducive to participation making the event accessible and appealing to a wide audience. Discussion topics on the day will include Public Ownership & Civic Engagement, Corporate/Civic Development, Public Art, Virtual Space, Urbanization & Heritage, and Public Vs Private Space. A number of prolific speakers will be invited to open discussion on each area.

Tickets are available through the Festival Shop for concessions please call Carrie on 01 6763205.

 Forty Shades of Green
16th March - 17th April/ 10am - 5pm


Forty Shades of Green presents the work of 40 artists and crafts people, comprising some of Ireland's most distinguished fine art and craft practitioners. Work will be featured in a variety of media including ceramics, glass, textiles, wood, stone, metal, painting, and print.

Donkeys at Docklands
Custom House Quay
16th March - 17th April/ 10am - 5pm

An arrangement of 50 life size donkey images will be on display for the five days of the Festival. The exhibition has been created by Oliviero Toscani (creator of Benetton's corporate image in the 90's).

Jeannie Johnson
Wednesday 15th - Sunday 19th
North Wall Quay, Docklands
11am - 5pm.


The replica famine ship the Jeanie Johnston will allow visitors to experience what life was like on the ship en route to America.

Thursday March 16th

GE Money Oíche
Smithfield Square 19:00-21:45

Hayes and Cahill
@ Vicar St

What better way to spend the eve of St. Patrick's Day than listening to the renowned mix of traditional Irish music and jazz from Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill.

Tickets €25 plus booking fee through ticketmaster.

Wolfetone Park
10am - 6pm
Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th March


In a world of shopping malls and global retailers nothing beats buying from source so the Festival is presenting an exciting market offering the best of Irish local and organic produce, arts and crafts, food and jewellery.

Friday March 17th

Parnell Square @ 12 noon

More than 700,000 people are expected to line the streets of Dublin and a further 7 millions will watch the International and Irish marching bands join performers, dancers and street theatre companies march through the city centre.

Céilí Mór
Earlsfort Terrace 2.30pm - 5:30pm


From 2.30 to 5:30pm on St. Patrick's Day the Kilfenora Céilí Band will be supported by Gerry O'Connor and Irish Dancers at a traditional Irish Céilí.

Céilís feature a range of structured dances such as round dances, line dances, and progressive line dances performed in groups of varied numbers.

Merrion Square West 6pm - 11pm
Sunday 12noon - 11pm

Relive your schooldays on one of the Festival Funfair's magic rides like the Miami Drop Zone or grab a birds' eye view of Dublin city from the top of the Ferris Wheel.

St. Patrick's Festival presents Birds 'Euro Show' fun-fair the largest traveling fun-fair show in Ireland. Come and experience Ireland's largest Ferris wheel, standing over 150 feet high, take a spin on Ireland's largest dodgems. New to 2006 is the exciting spectacular popular with all the family, the Hollywood fun house.

Saturday March 18th

Concert for Children
The Ark, Temple Bar. 1pm.

Children of all ages are invited to share an hour in the company of two of Ireland's most talented musicians. With their own engaging brand of music both Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and Mel Mercier will capture the spirit of St. Patrick's Festival as well as the hearts of their young audience. Tickets €8.50 available from

Treasure Hunt
Registration Time: 10am - 1pm
Starting Point: City Hall, Dame Street


An exciting free challenge in the city for all ages solving riddles and discovering hidden gems. Spot prizes on offer for the fastest, cleverest, wackiest team or having the best fancy dress.

An Lá Gaelach
City Centre 11am 'til late.


Music, film, storytelling and dating - all 'as Gaeilge! A new opportunity to engage with the Irish Language.

  • Language workshops All day from 10am €5 from

  • Sean nós song 11am-12 noon €5 from

  • Sean nós dance 12.12-1.15pm €5 from

  • Yoga 11.30-12:30 €5 from the Project Arts Centre

  • Storytelling 2-3pm €5 from the Project Arts Centre

  • Drumming 3-4pm €5 from the Project Arts Centre

  • Bellydance 4-5pm €5 from the Project Arts Centre

    A double bill of the oldest and newest film made in the Irish language. From noon at the Irish Film Institute.

    Open Air Screening: Harry Potter- (Chamber of Secrets (as Gaeilge) 8pm, Meeting House Square. Temple Bar.

    Club Óiche: Ireland's first air bodhrán competition & speed Dating. 10.30pm til late. Irish Film Institute. €5. Tickets on door.

    O'Reilly Theatre 8pm

    Terrafolk from Slovenia play in a range of styles from gypsy to classical and everything in between. Comedy Circus
    Vicar Street 8pm
    Comedians, Barry Murphy, Dave McSavage, Tara Flynn, Phil Kay and many more bring laughter and mayhem to Vicar Street. Tickets €25 plus booking fee through ticketmaster.

    City Side Up
    South King Street/ Henry Street 1 to 4pm
    City Side UP brings European bands, acrobats and the best of international street theatre to the city centre.

    Sunday March 19th

    Big Day Out
    Merrion Square
    12:00pm - 6:00pm


    The Denny Big Day Out turns Merrion Square into an outdoor circus with jugglers, trapeze acts, puppetry, music, dance and walkabout performers. The infamous Fanzini brothers will perform a side-splitting interactive comedy showpiece comprising a skillful display of circus skills.

    Film at the Festival
    Irish Film Institute
    Noon to 6pm

    Selected films and a public interview by Scottish writer, Irvine Welsh. Tickets €15 for the double bill - must be reserved in advance at

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