Saint Patrick’s Day in Doolin is something everyone should experience, whether travelling from near or afar. As we all know, Doolin is regarded as the home of traditional Irish music, and it’s no different on Saint Patrick’s Day. With a whole weekend of musical entertainment lined up in the local pubs and hotels, along with the annual village parade, this weekend won’t disappoint.
Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s festival.
A traditional St. Patrick’s Day celebration
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the 17th March every year and is a national holiday in Ireland. Not only is it celebrated in Ireland, but all across the world. However, a traditional St. Patrick’s Day celebrated on Irish soil is truly a joyful and memorable experience for all. So where better to celebrate, than in Doolin, County Clare – a weekend of traditional Irish music and entertainment awaits! Enjoy the celebrations, embrace the culture and discover Doolin, Ireland’s hidden gem.
Doolin Parade, Sunday 17th March at 2pm
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Doolin is a fun-filled day out for everyone and a great way to experience the community spirit of our village. The Parade leaves Doolin Pier at 2pm on St. Patrick’s Day, winding down through Fisher Street, and then on to the Russell Cultural Centre.
Pubs & Traditional Irish Music on St. Patrick’s Weekend
Most of the local pubs and hotels in Doolin will have live music nightly throughout the weekend, with earlier music sessions starting after the parade on St. Patrick’s Day. Here is the music lineup for Fitzpatrick’s Bar, and Gus O’Connor’s Pub this weekend. There will also be Live music in McDermott’s Pub and McGann’s Pub throughout the weekend.
Insider Tips for a great St. Patrick’s Weekend in Doolin
? Fitzpatrick’s Bar is serving a delicious Paddy’s Day Cocktail in honour of the man himself! If you’re looking for a bite to eat, they also have some delicious nightly food specials available.
? To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and the reopening for the season, The Doolin Ferry Company are giving 20% OFF all sailing trips on St. Patrick’s Day (Sunday only) with the promotion code: GoGreen
Book on their website or by phone +353 65 707 5555.
? Doolin Cave is open all weekend from 10am until 6pm daily. Why not drop into Doolin Cave Garden Café for a cup of tea and fresh scones after the parade, and take a tour underground!
? If you’re looking for a great view of the parade, stop by Anthony’s at Doolin Inn and watch the parade from the terrace. They serve great coffee (The Irish Coffee is a real treat!), hot chocolate, and delicious baked goods.
? Irish Crafts in Doolin is reopening this weekend, after an impressive refurbishment over the winter. Pop into the store and check out the new layout, and grab a great deal on locally-sourced Irish products – open Mon to Sat 9.30am to 5pm. It’s also another great spot to watch the parade from and has plenty of space for car parking.
Where to Stay
Doolin has a great selection of accommodation options to cater for all tastes, budgets and requirements. Choose from Hotels & Guest Houses, Inns, B&Bs, Hostels, Welcome Standard Speciality Lodging, as well as holiday homes to hire or campsites for caravans, campervans or tents.
Where to Eat
Guinness, Irish whiskey, Irish coffee, “The Fry”, Irish stews, vegetable soup and soda bread, potato cakes and fish and chips are just a few of the traditional dishes and beverages that are on offer here in Doolin. If you’re looking for pub grub, fine dining or something in-between, Doolin is the place to enjoy all of these in both relaxed and vibrant dining atmospheres. The local eateries are stocked with all the best local produce, craft beers, wine and Irish favourites. Come and experience the tastes of the land and sea!
What to Do
If you’re looking to do some extra activities or shopping during the festival, you’re in luck. Aside from amazing musical experiences, Doolin is also home to some great activities, shops and places to see. Located just a stone’s throw from the famous Cliffs of Moher, and nestled in the beautiful Burren on the wild Atlantic coast, Doolin is rich in scenery, heritage and outdoor excursions.