New York may have the oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade, and Chicago might dye its river green, but if you really want to experience the genuine article, you need to travel to Dublin. From St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle to the spirits of Sir Arthur Guinness and John Jameson to the literary legacies of James Joyce and George Bernard Shaw, this holiday honouring the patron saint of Ireland is the perfect excuse to do your part for the Irish economy and discover one of the best cities in Europe.
George Bernard Shaw birthplace
Opened to the public in 1993, the first home of the renowned playwright’s family offers visitors an authentic peek into both the Pygmalion writer’s and the city’s Victorian past. 33 Synge St.
James Joyce Centre
Dedicated to promoting an understanding of the life and works of James Joyce, the centre opened in June 1996 in an 18th-century house, and has been run for the past 10 years by members of the Monaghan family, descendents of Joyce’s sister May. 35 North Great George’s St.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The annual parade starts at noon and offers marching bands, dancers, artists and street theatre troupes for the thousands of people who will line its route. City Centre, Parnell Square
Trinity College Dublin
This four-hundred-year-old university is known as one of the oldest and finest in the world. The Old Library alone is home to more than 200,000 antiquarian texts, including the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript written by Irish monks around 800 AD. College Street
In the footsteps of St. Patrick
A walking tour of Dublin spots with connections to St. Patrick and the early Christian church, such as Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral, the Liberties, City Hall, St. Patrick’s Park and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
The Commitments 20th anniversary show
On Saturday, March 19, members of the 1991 cult classic film about a Dublin-based soul band will perform their first full concert together to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society. The O2, North Wall Quay
Guiness Storehouse and Old Jameson Distillery
It’s difficult to discuss Dublin, the Irish or the 17th day of March without at least a mention of whiskey or stout. Both Guinness and Jameson offer tours, tastings and good times to tourists. Guinness’s St. James’s Gate Brewery Storehouse is the most popular tourist attraction in Ireland, while the Old Jameson Distillery is where John Jameson started brewing in 1780. Guinness Storehouse: St. James’s Gate; Old Jameson Distillery: Bow Street, Smithfield Village