St Patrick's Day in Waterford: All you need to know!


If you are looking for somewhere to celebrate St Patrick's Day this Friday, you won't have too far to travel!

For the first time since the pandemic began, all the usual parades and festivities across County Waterford are going ahead this year.

In this article, we bring you all the details for the St Patrick's Day parades, in order of when they are due to begin.


Details of road closures and diversions can be found below, while you can click here for details of the changes to Bus Éireann's timetables locally.

Photo by Colin Shanahan - DigiCol Photography (c) 2021 -






Cappoquin's parade will be getting underway from 12.30pm at Cappoquin Community Centre.

Walking groups will be assembling there from 12 o'clock, while all motorised vehicles will be lining up along the N72 at the Kitchen Hole.

The parade will go from the bottom of the town, through Main Street, and right up to the top of the town, ending at Shanbally Lower.

The walking groups and smaller vehicles will then turn around and go back through the town, passing the viewing stand one more time.

It is all expected to be completed within 45 minutes.

Stewards will be in place to offer direction on the day and assist with any queries.

This year there are three Grand Marshals - Colette Ryan, Davy Hickey, and Ronan Mansfield.

Waterford City

A three-day celebration is taking place in Waterford City once again this year but on the day itself, the parade will begin at 1 o'clock sharp, led by Grand Marshall, Kelyn Cassidy.

It will get underway from Waterford Bus Station and will proceed along the Quay, past the Clock Tower and the Plaza, moving around to the Mall.

The following roads will be closed from 11am to 4pm approximately, to facilitate the parade:

• R680 – Merchants Quay
• R680 – Meagher’s Quay
• R680 – Coal Quay
• R680 – Custom House Quay
• R680 – Parade Quay
• R680 – The Mall
• R680 – Parnell Street
• R708 – Catherine Street
• L90025 – Colbeck Street
• L5530 – Lady Lane (from its junction with Bakehouse Lane to Colbeck Street)
• L90024 – Bank Lane
• L90307 – Beau Street
• L90023 – Mall Lane
• R683 – Lombard Street (from its Junction with Rose Lane to The Mall)
• L90022 – Adelphi Quay –(from its junction with Rose Lane to Parade Quay)
• L90021 – Bailey’s New Street
• L90020 – Greyfriars
• L90019 – Coffee House Lane
• L90018 – Henrietta Street
• L90017 – Keyser Street
• L5534 – Exchange Street
• L5535 – Conduit Lane
• L91091 – Barronstrand Street
• L5501 – Gladstone Street
• L1502 – O’Connell Street
• L15021 – Thomas Hill (from its junction with Meeting House Lane to O’Connell Street)
• L5506 – Vulcan Street
• L5505 – Thomas Street
• L1503 – The Glen (Road No.1)
• L15033 – The Glen (Road No.3)


Travelling East on R680 Cork Road: all traffic for M9, N25 and N24 via Rice Bridge shall be diverted at Cork Road Roundabout and directed to Rice Bridge via R686.

Traffic for Tramore, Waterford Airport, University Hospital Waterford or Williamstown/
Dunmore Road area shall use the Inner Ring Road are unaffected.

Travelling West on R680 Rice Bridge: The left lane shall be on Rice Bridge shall be closed and all traffic shall be diverted via R686 to R680
Cork Road at the Cork Road Roundabout. All Traffic shall then use normal routes.

Other Routes: Travelling to Rice Bridge from Tramore, Waterford Airport, University Hospital Waterford or Williamstown/Dunmore Road area shall be diverted via R709 Inner Ring Road to Cork Road Roundabout and the detour via R686.


Parking within the main Quay car parks will be available until approximately 1 hour before the Parade Commences at 1pm and will be reopened 30 minutes after the all clear is called by Event Control.

All on-street car parking on the closed roads will be removed 24hours before the parade begins. All other city car parks will be unaffected.

More information on the three-day festival in the city can be found here.



Tramore's St Patrick's Day parade starts at 1.30pm from the Cannon's Field car park.

From there it will proceed across the Summerhill Junction onto the Old Waterford Road (R682). It will continue along this road until it reaches the Racecourse Roundabout, where it will take a right down the hill (R675).

At the foot of the hill, at the GAA Roundabout, it will take a right onto the Waterford Road, where it will continue past the Majestic Hotel and finish at the Railway Station Building.

This year Tramore  Parade Organisers want everyone to get involved so are running  a competition for the best video(s) capturing the parade.

The best video, as chosen by the committee, will receive a prize of €100, and 2 lucky runners up will receive a prize of €50 each!

The parade will be led by the Tramore and Waterford ARCH Club and the Mayor of Tramore's twin town in France, Cadaujac, Francis Gazeau and his wife Isabelle will also partake.


The parade in Dungarvan will get underway at 2 o'clock, starting at Crotty's Corner in Abbeyside.

This is the town's 44th parade and their first one since before the Covid pandemic and it will be led by members of Óglaigh na hÉireann.

With vintage cars, motorbikes and tractors, the parade will progress down Sexton Street, over the causeway and over Devonshire Bridge, passing the viewing stand in Grattan Square.

It will then turn right and go up O'Connell Street and disperse from Walsh's Corner onwards.

At 9 o'clock on the night, there will be fireworks from Davitt's Quay and music on the square from 7pm to 8.45pm.

The following roads will be closed as part of the weekend celebrations in Dungarvan: 

Thursday, 16th - Grattan Square (Enterprise side of Square only) - 6am to 6pm

Thursday, 16th  - Davitt's Quay (Fireworks display) - 6pm to 10pm

Friday, 17th - Grattan Squarer (Ormonde Café side of Square) - 6am to 6pm

Friday, 17th - From Friary Roundabout to Crotty's Corner - 1pm

The following roads will be closed for the duration of the parade only:

Sexton Street

Strandside Junction

Devonshire Bridge Junction

Grattan Square

O'Connell Street to Wolfe Tone Road


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