Category: Festivals & Events

St Patrick’s Day in Dublin

February 27, 2014

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St Patrick

St Patrick’s Day, held annually on March 17th, is Ireland’s biggest celebration and one of Dublin’s best street festivals. Held in honor of St Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, St Patrick’s Day, or St Paddy’s Day as it’s often nicknamed, is the most traditionally Irish day of the year, a national holiday on which huge crowds of revelers take to the streets wearing green clothing (the symbolic color of Ireland), donning shamrocks and downing pints of Guinness.

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40 Unforgettable Experiences to Have in Dublin

February 10, 2014

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Take your picture sitting in Dublin's famous Wishing hand statue. Photo courtesy of infomatique via Flickr.

With its rich history and vibrant arts scene, there’s much more to Dublin than drinking Guinness and spotting Leprechauns, and many travellers only scratch the surface of what the Irish capital has to offer. Not sure where to start? From visiting the top attractions to getting friendly with the locals, here are 40 unforgettable experiences to have in Dublin.

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The Temple Bar Tradfest, Dublin

January 30, 2014

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Dublin's Temple Bar.

From costumed street entertainers to Guinness-fuelled live music sessions taking over Dublin’s historic pubs, the Temple Bar Tradfest is the city’s biggest celebration of Irish music and culture, and it’s an atmospheric time to visit the capital. Held during the last week of January every year since 2006, the festival takes over Dublin’s Temple Bar District for 5 days, with a packed schedule of free and ticketed events including live bands, dance performances, film screenings, creative workshops and family entertainment.

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New Year’s Eve Events in Dublin

December 6, 2013

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New Year's Eve Fireworks in Dublin. Photo courtesy of donnamarijne via Flickr.

Nobody wants to miss an opportunity to party and Dublin’s epic NYE Dublin festival provides a myriad of options for making New Year’s Eve a night to remember. From street markets and movie screenings to a public fireworks display and an enormous music concert, here’s the lowdown on bringing in 2014, Dublin-style.

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Christmas in Dublin

November 18, 2013

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Christmas Tree on O'Connell Street

There’s no better excuse for celebration than the start of the Christmas season and as the winter chills set in, Dublin hangs up the Christmas decorations and gears up for another year of festivities. For the most atmospheric surrounds, head to the city’s famous Temple Bar district, where some 30 streets are lit up with fairy lights and O’Connell Street hosts a giant Christmas tree.

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Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin

September 23, 2013

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Get in the Halloween mood at Dublin's Bram Stoker Festival. Photo courtesy of Chris Friese via Flickr.

There are few better characters to prepare you for the annual spook-fest of Halloween, than Dracula, Bram Stoker’s iconic vampire and the legendary bloodsucker steps into the spotlight at Dublin’s Bram Stoker Festival.

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Dublin in Autumn

September 12, 2013

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Dublin in autumn. Photo courtesy of SebastianDooris via Flickr.

As balmy summer evenings give way to a crisp autumn breeze and the high season crowds ebb, it’s the ideal season for sightseeing in Dublin or escaping the city for the countryside. Take a walking or biking tour of Dublin or make the most of cooler weather by hiking in the nearby Wicklow Mountains.

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Oktoberfest Dublin

August 26, 2013

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Celebrate Bavarian culture at Oktoberfest Dublin. Photo courtesy of Rungitom via Flickr.

As the streets of Munich erupt with crowds of lederhosen-clad, beer-swilling revelers and the world’s largest beer festival gets underway, they’ll also be another city gearing up to celebrate Oktoberfest across the sea. Dublin is as famous for its beer as Bavaria, so it’s fitting that the renowned beer festival should branch out onto Irish shores and Dublin has been holding its own mini-version of Oktoberfest for several years now.

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River Liffey Swim Dublin

July 8, 2013

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Dublin's annual Liffey Swim. Photo courtesy of informatique via Flickr.

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to strip down to your skivvies, dive into the famous River Liffey and swim straight through the heart of Dublin, now’s your chance to find out by taking part in Dublin’s annual Liffey Swim.

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Dublin National Heritage Week

July 1, 2013

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Celebrate all things Irish on National Heritage Week. Photo courtesy of jpmpinmontreal via Flickr.

From the iconic Riverdance to the country’s native wildlife, this is the biggest annual celebration of Irish culture and heritage – the Dublin National Heritage Week. The annual week is a nationwide festival featuring over 1,500 free events across the country, and the Irish capital will, of course, be spearheading the festivities.

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