ST PATrick’s weekend evenTS
The St Patrick’s Festival in Dublin has become the liveliest weekend of the year. Running from today until Monday, this year’s festival includes street theatre galore, a family carnival on Merrion Square (today, 6pm-11pm; Sat/Sun noon-11pm; Mon noon-9pm, rides from €2) and the parade itself on Monday.
Tonight and tomorrow night at 7.30pm, the French performance group Plasticiens Volants will create a dramatic visual tale with their giant inflated puppets (below) in the George’s Dock area.
Children can discover hidden haunts of the city on the Denny Treasure Hunt tomorrow. Fancy dress is encouraged, and you can register for free at Dublin City Hall between 10am and 1pm and complete the trail by 5pm.
Meanwhile, in SS Michael & John’s Theatre in Temple Bar, young children and their parents/ guardians can join in a Baby Rave (Fri 11am, 2pm; Sat 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3.30pm; Sun 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm €8.50 01-8721122).
The theme of the Dublin parade is “Energy”. It will start at noon and run for two hours. Festivalgoers can then head to the Céilí Mór in Earlsfort Terrace (2.30pm).
In Cork, more than 40 amateur and professional groups will participate in this year’s parade, whose theme is “Monsters of the Marsh”. The parade, which begins at 1pm, takes a new route this year, moving from the South Mall to Merchants Quay.
“Tribes” is the theme of this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Galway city, which sets off at 12.30pm. In Limerick, the St Patrick’s Day parade will be preceded on Sunday with the International Band Parade, now in its 36th year. The theme of Monday’s parade is the “United Colours of Limerick”.
Finally, the Rock of Cashel in Co Tipperary hosts Skyfest, a pyrotechnics and musical gathering tomorrow from 6.30pm to