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There are some great St Patrick's Day Events on offer for families all over Ireland. Here are just a few we think you might enjoy with the kids.

Dublin St Patrick's Day Festival

Ireland’s national festival, St. Patrick’s Festival, returns with a cast of thousands of talented home-grown and international musicians, dancers, storytellers and performers coming together for five days and nights of events from March 15th to 19th. The vibrant and colourful programme of over 30 events will create a world class cultural celebration of Ireland, its people and our national holiday. The theme for Festival 2018 is HOME and is the inspiration for the artistic programme that includes a unique film commission project, street-theatre, talks, walks, spoken word, literature, music, Irish language, visual art and more.

Home is Where the Heart Is… is the theme for the 2018 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 will come together from all over Ireland to celebrate our national’s holiday, as we warmly welcome thousands of people to our Home to celebrate with us. Join thousands of other families to watch Ireland’s finest street-theatre groups as they swirl by with spectacular pageantry and eye-catching performances.

Parade Starts @ 12pm from Parnell Square & finishes at St. Patricks Cathedral at approx. 2pm

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Cork St Patrick's Festival

Celebrating the theme of Democracy For All - 100 Years of the Vote for Women, join us for a carnival of colour, music, pageantry and comic fun.

Preliminary Plan: Parade Starts @ 1pm from the South Mall to the Grand Parade, finishing at Merchants Quay

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Galway St Patrick's Day Parade

2018 marks the 115th anniversary of the Galway St. Patrick’s Day Parade and you can expect a wonderful spectacle of all things Irish with this Year's Guest of Honour being Galway native and extreme adventurer Gavan Hennigan. The iconic fountain in Eyre Square will even turn green as part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Parade Starts @ 11.30pm from Dominick Street, following Shop Street and finishes at Prospect Hill at approx. 1pm

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Limerick St Patrick's Festival

Limerick St Patrick's Festival 2018 takes place from Friday 16th - Monday 19th March 2018 with a series of events celebrating our National Holiday. Highlights include the Limerick St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday 17th March and the Limerick International Band Championship and St. Patrick's Festival Extravaganza on Sunday 18th March.

Parade Starts @ 12pm on O'Connell Ave. & finishes at Merchants Quay

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Waterford St Patrick's Day Parade

Did you know that it was Waterford man Luke Wadding that secured St. Patrick’s Day to become a hold day of obligation back in the 17th century?! Make a weekend of it in the very place that first declared St. Patrick’s Day a general holiday in Ireland in 1903.

Parade Starts @ 1pm on The Quay and The Mall

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Kilkenny St Patrick's Festival

Kilkenny promises to be a most enjoyable place to be for St. Patrick's Day this year. The theme of the parade in 2018 is 'Kilkenny Through the Ages', celebrating the rich history, industrial successes and the sorting prowess of Kilkenny City and County. With musical acts like Ryan Sheridan and Keywest in attendence, Kilkenny is sure to be a big hit with the whole family!

Parade Starts @ 1pm from St. John's Church & finishes at the Market Yard, via High Street

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Check out this article from for useful accessibility information on all the above parades for families with Special Needs.

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