Become an insider at Ireland’s most famous event with CIE Tours.
By Nicola Brady
Enormous floats make their way through the streets, surrounded by scores of lively dancers and musicians. The crowds are awash with green, from the novelty felt hats to the clusters of shamrocks tucked into breast pockets. A swarm of St. Patricks leads the way to the refrain of brass bands, fiddles, and bodhráns. On St. Patrick’s Day, Dublin is brimming with energy (and people!) — so to get it right, you’ll want to experience it with the experts at CIE Tours.
It all begins with an exclusive pre-party in the iconic General Post Office. The country’s history is engrained into the very bones of the GPO — this was the headquarters for the Easter Rising, and you can still trace your hand along the bullet holes on the columns outside.
It’s also one of the best places in the city to watch the parade. Right at the start of the route, the crowds are full of life and the air is filled with whoops and cheers. But rather than the raucous party you might expect, the vibe is more of a giant, joyful gathering.
With the parade ticked off your bucket list, CIE Tours will take you deeper inside other can’t-miss Ireland experiences. Dinner in the lively hub of Temple Bar is one, where centuries-old pubs line the cobbled streets. You can’t visit Dublin without visiting a whiskey distillery or popping into the Guinness Storehouse (and you’ll learn exactly why Guinness really does taste better in Ireland).
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Many a night in Ireland ends in a song, and immersing yourself in a “trad session” is something that will never fail to leave a smile on your face. Sit among the musicians, join in a dance and you’ll feel as Irish as St. Patrick himself.
Nicola Brady is a Dublin-based travel writer who is a regular contributor to the Irish Independent, along with CNN, Condé Nast Traveler and more.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY IN DUBLIN: THE WEARING OF THE GREEN
CIE Tours – guided vacation
Celebrate the magic and spectacle of St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin with the exclusive access that only CIE Tours can provide: enjoy an unprecedented private pre-parade party at Ireland’s most iconic historic building, Dublin’s General Post Office, and then step outside to view the parade at the best location in town. You will also see some of Ireland’s most beautiful and historic landscapes in a week of fun, history, and wonder.
VACATION INCLUDES: Deluxe accommodations; breakfast daily; exclusive pre-parade party at the GPO; Dublin city tour; welcome dinner in festive Temple Bar; Guinness Storehouse visit and whiskey sampling at a distillery; Stone Age tombs visit; evening of Irish song and dance with dinner at Merry Ploughboy pub; Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains exploration.
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