What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than taking a vacation to Ireland? This time of year, many people are planning a trip to the Emerald Isle in order to see how the natives celebrate their Patron Saint’s day.
During early March, towns and cites all over Ireland see an influx of tourists there to celebrate St. Patrick’s day. While the celebration itself is on March 17th, many people arrive early and stay later to experience all this beautiful country has to offer.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland is the second largest city, Cork. Cork is located in Southern Ireland and was crowned the European Capitol of Culture in 2005. This fairly small city, located on the banks of the River Lee, offers much year round for visitors to enjoy. However, it is for its St. Patrick’s Day that this city really comes to life for visitors and residents alike.
This year, the city of Cork is planning another great St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Many local businesses are planning great events that will insure your trip to Ireland for this holiday will be one to remember for the rest of your life.
The Annual Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a must see event for all visitors to this beautiful city. The parade consists of marching bands, street performers and dancers who parade through the main streets of the city. The streets are all pedestrianised in order for visitors to view this yearly spectacular. While the parade goes on throughout the entire city centre, it is recommended that visitors make their way to the historic McCurtain Street, which is the end location, in order to experience the party atmosphere to the fullest. If you are looking for an entertaining insight into Irish culture, visiting this parade is a must.
Another popular event for visitors to Cork on St. Patrick’s Day is a trip to Blarney Castle to kiss the Barney Stone. Blarney Castle is located 5 miles outside Cork city center and, while not so easily available by bus routes (there’s one bus per hour from the city to this historic monument), a taxi ride there is inexpensive. During the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Blarney Castle hosts a series of specific events to display Irish heritage. Tours of the castle and grounds are available throughout the year, but for most a visit on the Patron Saint’s Day is the best time to go. It is vital to remember that a trip to Blarney Castle on St Patrick’s Day will mean that the venue is probably going to be more crowded than usual, however getting around the Castle and grounds might not be too time consuming as there are events planned to distract visitors to additional areas.
Many of Cork’s restaurants also put on a selection of Irish fare to celebrate St. Patrick’s day. Clancy’s bar and restaurant, located on Princess Street in the city center is one of the best places to eat a delicious bowl of Irish Stew and enjoy a Guinness on the Patron Saint’s day. As this is a popular venue, it is an idea to call and book a seat in advance for dinner on St Patrick’s day. However, if you just wish to sit in the oldest pub in Cork and enjoy a drink with friends, this is one of the best places to be. Clancy’s offers entertainment throughout general week nights and really makes a big deal of pulling in the crowds on March 17th. You can be sure of seeing a traditional Irish band and maybe even an Irish dance troop by visiting this pub on St. Patrick’s day.
One of the best things to do on St. Patrick’s evening in Cork is to go to a local pub and see a traditional Irish band playing. There are many pubs and bars throughout the city where traditional bands will be playing on this evening, so your choice of venue really is unlimited. One of the best locations known for such events is the Bodhran Bar on Oliver Plunket Street. This cosy pub always offers some of the best live music in Cork, as well as a lively and friendly atmosphere. However, due to the size of the pub, you might find yourself squashed into a corner for quite a while, so it might be best to get there early and save a spot for you and your party to insure you get to see the music act.
Cork is one of the most friendly and vibrant cities in the world. If you are planning to visit Ireland for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, this really is a city that has much to offer. The people of Cork are some of the most hospitable you can meet. Regardless of where you end up in the city, you will be sure to make a heap of friends with the locals before the evening is through.