St Patrick’s Day Festival
St Patrick Comes Home to Skerries for Festival Celebrations
St Patrick’s Island, off the coast of the beautiful coastal town of Skerries, is the site of St Patrick’s first Irish Monastery, dating back to 432 AD. Almost 1600 years later, the town of Skerries celebrates its unique heritage as the homeland of St Patrick, in a cultural celebration on March 16th and 17th.
On Friday March 16th there will be free events all over the town; traditional Irish music, walking historical tours, Irish dancing performances, an open air Ceili, a choral event celebrating St Patrick’s life and legacy, and a food fair. The day will culminate in the illumination of the monastic ruins of the island in brilliant green – the last greening of the global landmarks that signify St Patricks Festival all over the world – followed by a fireworks display. The illuminations will be relayed live to large screens in the town and screened live online so that a global audience can join the experience.
On Saturday March 17th the traditional St Patrick’s Day Parade will take centre stage, as the town hosts the annual street celebration, with music, dancing, community/sporting groups and an array of colourful floats, entertainment and street performers filling the streets. It’s a much-loved day of fun for locals and tourists alike. Full details of all events will be updated online at www.visitskerries.ie, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/skerries-st-patricks-festival.
Skerries is just 45 minutes from the city centre by train – a charming seaside town, famous for its beaches, rich in cultural heritage and full of great restaurants and pubs. Skerries is Ireland’s Tidiest Town 2016.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY 16th MARCH
12pm In St Patrick’s Footsteps A guided walking tour of Skerries focusing on the history of St Patrick and his first steps in Ireland. Approx 1 hour and suitable for all
St Patricks Church Free Event – register in advance via facebook
3pm – 5pm Outdoor Ceili Traditional Irish Ceili (group dancing) with live music and demonstrations from the Phoenix Performing Arts students. An open air event for all ages in the plaza at St Patrick’s Church
St Patrick’s Church, Strand Street Free Event
4pm – 7pm Irish Food Fair A Taste of Skerries – with food stalls from the many good food purveyors from the town.
Floraville, Strand St, Skerries Free Event
5pm – 11pm Trad Music Sessions Traditional Irish music sessions will take place in many pubs around the town all evening. Full details will be posted online on facebook at facebookcom/skerries-st-patricks-festival.
Nealons, Joe Mays, Ollies, The Salty Dog, The Black Raven Free Events
7.30pm – 9pm St Patrick’s Legacy – In Words & Music A celebration in words and music of St Patrick and his legacy, with choirs, soloists, musicians and historians. The illumination of St Patricks Island will be relayed live to the event via video link for all to enjoy. Suitable for all.
St Patrick’s Church Free Event
9pm The Greening of St Patrick’s Island & Fireworks Display The illumination of the place where St Patrick first set foot in Ireland, and the site of his first monastery – St Patrick’s Island, off the coast of Skerries. The monastic ruins will be illuminated in brilliant green and will remain lit throughout the weekend. Best views from the South Strand or via video link to public screen in St Patricks Church Free Event
SATURDAY MARCH 17th
3pm St Patrick’s Day Parade Traditional St Patrick’s Day Parade through the town, with music, dancing, community/sporting groups and an array of colourful floats and street entertainment
Town Centre Free Event