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Dublin’s St Patrick’s day is going to be the best yet

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Dublin’s St Patrick’s day is going to be the best yet
St Patrick's Day is nearly upon us and, even though lots of different places around the world are holding their own celebrations of the event (like in Sydney, for example, where the opera house is going to be lit up in green to mark the occasion), there can be no more appropriate place to ring in the big day than in Ireland or, more specifically, a Dublin hostel.

I've never been present in the city for the holiday myself, although I've been dying to go for quite some time as it looks like a great way to spend a day, or even a few days if you have the stamina. The St Patrick's Festival - which has been held for 15 years and is supported by Dublin City Council and Failte Ireland's Festivals and Events Programme - is starting on March 12th this year, with six days of merriment and mayhem leading up to the 17th.

According to the Gov Monitor, there will be lots going on, including street theatre, music, dance and different activities for families, as well as the parade that’s held in the city. There are other events taking place outside Dublin as well, with Limerick putting on the National Lottery Skyfest fireworks display near King John's Castle.

Martin Cullen, minister for arts, sport and tourism said: "Each year the St Patrick's Festival provides us with the opportunity to enjoy the best contemporary celebration of Irish music, heritage, culture and community and encompasses a feeling of what it means to be Irish – and on most continents to be honorary Irish."

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