Thursday 16th March 2017

Weekend Cheat Sheet - What's on around the country this weekend

Weekend Cheat Sheet - What's on around the country this weekend

Whether you're staying put or headed on a roadtrip, there's plenty to keep you and the family occupied this Patrick's weekend. 

We've teamed up with the folks behind Leap Card to  keep you up to speed with all that's going on this St. Patrick's Weekend, so that you don't miss a trick. 

Waterford 

Friday 17th March 

St. Patrick's Festival Parade starting @ Bus Eireann bus depot - 1pm 

The Waterford City St Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 1pm. The Parade will follow the traditional parade route of coming down the Quays from the Bus Station onto The Mall and ending at the junction of The Mall and Parnell Street.

The 2017 theme is “Do it The Green Way”, which is a celebration of the imminent opening of the Deise Greenway. Entrants were tasked with implementing ideas around the new greenway itself and the landscape of Waterford City and County which will now be more connected than ever before. 

Cork 

Friday 17th March 

St. Patrick's Festival Parade starting @ South Mall - 1pm 

This year's Cork St. Patrick's Day Parade (subject to licence) will take place in the heart of the City on Friday, March 17th 2017.

Celebrating the theme of Cork - A City of Community, Culture & Commerce, join in for a carnival of colour, music,  pageantry and comic fun.

Limerick

Friday 17th March 

St. Patrick's Festival Parade @ 12pm 

Limerick’s St. Patrick’s Festival celebrations will burst into life at 12 noon on Friday, 17th March! An estimated 80,000 people are expected to line the streets to watch the spectacular procession which will start on O’Connell Avenue (Wolfe Tone Street junction) before winding its way through the heart of Limerick City centre. Thousands of participants will celebrate their pride in our wonderful city and county with this year’s theme: “Our stories, this is where we belong”. 

Galway 

Friday 17th March 

The 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade recognizes and celebrates Galway City as’ European Green Leaf 2017’ highlighting the cities’ commitment to the environment. European Green Leaf is an environmental designation awarded to Galway City in recognition of the city’s commitment to the environment.

The theme for the parade is ‘ENVIRONMENT’ – covering topics like waste recycling, nature, biodiversity, energy efficiency, smarter travel, water and air quality. Arts organisations, community groups and local performers from across the city and county have risen to the challenge and are currently putting the finishing touches to their groups entries.

Festivities will continue throughout the weekend with live music on the Eyre Square stage on Friday afternoon and a series of family events taking place in Eyre Sq on Saturday and Sunday.

Dublin

The schedule for this year's St Patrick's Festival in Dublin is jam-packed and runs from Thursday the 16th to Sunday 19th March, attracting over 100,000 visitors to the capital each year from all over the world.

Friday 17th March 

The 2017 Festival Parade starting @ Parnell Square - 12pm

Ireland You Are…is the theme for the 2017 Festival Parade, which will weave its way through the heart of the capital city in a flourish of colour and flair.  Community groups and pageant companies from across Ireland responded to the theme and will present the rich textures of Irish heritage through a variety of performances and street theatre around subjects including Ireland’s magical faerie stories, ancient mythical tribes and trailblazing pirates among other things! Bands from Ireland will be joined by bands from America, France, Germany, Switzerland and the Bahamas and will deliver an incredible soundscape for the spectacular procession.