If you want comedy, art, music and a walking tour all in one, the St Patrick’s Festival in Armagh will be your one-stop shop. With strong links to St Patrick, a walking tour is part of the programme that will guide you along landmarks and explain some history associated with the saint. Kids will also be entertained in the Shamble’s Yard with face-painting, music and children’s activities. For the music lover there will be performances by Paddy Anderson, Celtic Seoul and many more.
What better way to spend Paddy’s Day than to go to a good trad session? Or better yet; a few of them! Kilkenny Trad Fest returns to live performances this year as part of its St Patrick’s Festival. The five-day programme has an abundance of concerts lined up, as well as free trad, ballad and folk sessions in Kilkenny’s many pubs. Acclaimed musicians such as legendary Paul Brady, Mairtín O’Connor, Kevin Burke and many more are set to perform. The Medieval Mile Museum Music Series, is a new addition to the programme. There are five headline performances in the series, all in aid of Amber Women’s Refuge.
Limerick is sure to deliver a St Patrick’s Day festival for the books. Starting with the parade on Paddy’s Day, hurling fans will be delighted to hear that the Limerick’s hurlers are this year’s grand marshals. The parade route also has an autism-friendly area with a sensory room, covered marquee and seating area. On following days, engage in a self-guided scavenger hunt, join the interactive street show and to top it all off, watch an aerial fire performance. Some of the events require pre-booking.
Galway St Patrick’s Day Festival
Galway’s parade is a well-known one and the city is stepping it up once again for 2022. You might just feel as if you are in Rio with this year’s Carnival theme, but fear not, it will definitely celebrate Irish culture to the max. Theatre company Macnas, Galway Arts Centre and community groups such as Amnesty International, will all be part of the parade and celebrate Galway’s diversity. Over the four days there will be live music daily, as well as family-oriented entertainment such as a vintage carousel.
Killarney is celebrating this year’s festival in a very unique manner. Their parade theme is The Earth, An Chré, and pays homage to the climate crisis, conflicts and neglects happening on our planet, as well as our need to address these issues. Participants are encouraged to interpret this theme in a fun and individualised way. Enjoy the parade through Killarney’s streets and you might learn a thing or two about how we can improve our planet’s health. Many Killarney buildings will also be illuminated in green displays and lights until 22 March.
Why not celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Ireland’s oldest city? Waterford will have its very own parade meandering through the city, which will also be livestreamed for anyone who does not want to or is unable to attend. Paddy’s Day will also see many live performances, with a stand-out one being the Booley House Show. The show promises to include the very best of Irish music, dance and song. Storyteller, seanachaí James Lenane will also have a few tales of the past that will have you laughing in your seat.
Everybody knows about the big parade in Dublin, but did you know that there is also an Origami Snake Puppet Workshop in Ireland’s capital? The workshop is designed for seven to 10 year olds and artist Kim Jenkinson will keep the children entertained for an hour in The Hugh Gallery. Whilst St Patrick did a grand job in banishing snakes off the island, the kids might just revert his efforts. Due to space restrictions, parents cannot accompany their children.