St Patricks Day Survival Guide 2015 – How To Make It Through Intact!


1. Take an Airbnb sponsored jaunt and get the hell out of here! Dublin will be a train wreck on Tuesday and you could be far, far away. Hotel prices are up 86% for the day that’s in it (good Nora!) so get your room up on Airbnb and use the proceeds to fund a trip down the country.

2. If your housemates aren’t too keen on a stranger bunking in for the weekend then you might be stuck here. In that case, it goes without saying that you should avoid the parade like the plague. No self-respecting Dubliner will be seen within an asses roar of the thing. Here are the details so you can stay well clear.

3. Instead of the shamrocks and the leprechauns, for a real taste of Dublin how about a screening of “The Snapper” in the Pillar Room at the Rotunda hospital, followed by a Q&A with Dessie Curley himself. That’s at 7pm on Saturday evening.

4. Get a glimpse inside the Freemason’s Hall on Molesworth Street when BoNs synth ensemble play on Saturday 14th March at 8pm. The HQ of this famously secret organisation isn’t as hard to get into as it used to be but still, it should be an impressive setting for this musical performance.

5. Also on Saturday evening The Laughter Lounge will have ten of the best Irish comedians for a stand-up competition. The audience will decide the winner. Doors open at 7pm on with the show starting at 8.30pm. Tickets cost €25.

6. And so to the big day itself. Is there any better display of Irishness than a field full of boggers knocking seven shades of shite out of each other? Welcome to the GAA Club Championship finals! The hurling throws in at 2pm, followed by the football at 4pm. If you can’t make it to the mighty Croke Park then try Rody Bolands in Rathmines. They’ll have late night drinking and it’s always a great spot to watch the Gah.

7. And now for a shout out to our non-drinking friends, who really don’t get much of a look in on Paddy’s Day. Head to Meeting House Square for ‘Paddys Day Unlocked‘ where you can hear music and take part in events that you’ll actually remember tomorrow.

8. If you’re after some trad music this Paddy’s Day it’s probably best to pick somewhere off the beaten path, lest you end up paying €7.50 for a pint of plain. The Cobblestone in Smithfield is renowned for its diddley eye music. It’s worth a visit any time of the year but its location out of the city centre makes it a viable option for Paddy’s Day. Other pubs to consider might be The Lower Deck in Portobello who will have a Christy Moore tribute show or Johnny Foxes, if you can rope in a designated driver.

9. After its success last year The Irish Craft Beer & Whiskey Fair is back; this time it’s in the RDS. There’ll be live music, artisan food and brewer talks to go with your tipple.

10. Lastly, don’t forget to get a bit of exercise in over the weekend. On Sunday the St Patrick’s Festival run starts at 12 noon in front of the Mansion House. A lovely opportunity to stretch your legs while you take in the sights of Georgian Dublin.

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