St. Patrick famously used the humble shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) to the Pagan Irish.
We have a different use for it on St. Patrick’s Day, floating a leaf of the plant in a glass of whiskey before downing it. Alternatively, you drown the cluster of shamrock you’ve been wearing on your lapel in your final pint of Guinness of the night.
We’ve rounded up our 17 favorite St. Patrick’s Day party towns where you can drown your shamrock and celebrate all things Irish come March 17.
St. Patrick’s Day marks the start of the tourist season in Ireland. There’ll still (probably) be goose-bumped flesh and (possibly) biting winds, but Dublin is at the beating heart of this near-global day.
St. Patrick’s Day used to be a mass-parade-pub affair, but it’s been a mega four- or five-day festival since the 1990s. This year’s celebration is March 14-17 and the events – ceilis, concerts, walking tours, funfairs, art exhibitions and storytelling sessions – culminate in the parade that winds its way from Parnell Square to St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Joining 73 landmarks around the world that’ll go green around St. Patrick’s Day, Dublin’s most impressive buildings – such as Trinity College Dublin, Leinster House, The GPO, the Bank of Ireland on College Green and the Custom House – will go Kelly Green once the sun goes down.