March 15 2013
Coming to Dublin this weekend and want to experience Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Festival like a local?
Well then check out our Top 7 Insider Tips for the ultimate St Patrick’s Weekend experience!
1/Get a jump on the crowd and watch the St Patrick’s Day parade assemble before the official start on the exotically named Western Way in Dublin’s north inner-city. See where it is here
2/ Irish traditional music venues don’t come any more storied than the Cobblestone pub on Smithfield’s ancient square. There are trad sessions seven nights a week in the Front Bar. Smithfield Luas stop and more information at Cobblestone Pub
3/ Fancy a dip? Why not try The Forty Foot. It may be March but that won’t stop the hardy swimmers at Dublin’s most famous outdoor swimming spot from taking their daily plunge in Dublin Bay. If swimming is not your thing, the James Joyce Tower and Museum is next door. DART train to Sandycove/Glasthule and 10 minute walk. See where it is here
4/ The Phoenix Park is one of Europe’s largest urban parks and a favourite destination for weekend ramblers. While there you can hire bikes and explore the park’s 1,750 acres. If hungry, try the famous Hole In The Wall pub with its inviting turf fires and excellent food. It also claims to be the longest pub in Ireland.
5/ For a one off treat of the best in traditional Irish music, check out the Stockton's Wing reunion on Paddy’s Day in the National Concert Hall, March 17 at 8pm. Stockton’s Wing was formed in the late 1980’s by four All-Ireland champion musicians - Paul Roche (flute/whistle), Maurice Lennon (fiddle), Tommy Hayes (bodhran), and Kieran Hanrahan (banjo/mandolin), along with Tony Callinan (guitar and vocals). Tickets from the NCH
6/Take a walk by the sea with a real difference. Dublin Harbour’s Bull Wall was built in the early 19th century to stop Dublin port silting up. It was suggested by naval engineer Captain William Bligh of The Bounty fame who surveyed the area in 1801. Number 130 bus from Abbey Street to the Wooden Bridge in Clontarf.
7/Need a break from the festivities – take a 20 minute trip north on Dublin’s DART suburban rail to the fishing village of Howth. Try the famous Oyster Counter in Beshoff’s fish shop for some fresh calimari and a cold Peroni or ice cream at Maud’s and stroll along the famous pier afterwards. More about Howth
Pictured: Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport turned green this week in
honour of the St. Patrick's Festival weekend. (Photo: Courtesy Philip
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