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07th Feb 2022

Damien Dempsey and a host of other acts announced for four-day St Patrick’s Day festival

Alan Loughnane

St Patrick's Day festival

It’s back.

The return of the St Patrick’s Day festival and parade has been confirmed and will take place for the first time since 2019.

Organisers of the event have said it will be the biggest and most ambitious ever produced.

The festival will run from 16 to 20 March and includes performances by artists and comedians such as Lyra, Damien Dempsey, Neil Delamare and Emma Doran.

The parade itself will take place on Thursday, 17 March, through the streets of Dublin, from Parnell Square to St Stephen’s Green.

Organisers said: “Connections/naisc is the theme of this year’s spectacular global celebration of Irish arts, culture and heritage, as the Festival invites Ireland and the world to reconnect in Dublin after the unparalleled challenges of recent years.”

St Patrick’s Festival 2022: Programme

The National St Patrick’s Day Parade, Dublin

The highly anticipated return of the spectacular national St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Thursday 17 March, winding its way through the streets of Dublin, from Parnell Square to St. Stephen’s Green, after a two year absence, delighting the hundreds and thousands who will gather. The Parade will be broadcast live on RTÉ, produced by Coco Content for RTÉ, and promises an exciting new look and feel for millions of viewers in Ireland and across the world.

Further details of the Parade and all the pageant groups and participants will be announced nearer to 17 March. A few remaining Parade Grandstand Seats can be purchased at Grand Marshals for Parade 2022 will be announced in March.

Festival Quarter at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks

In an exciting new partnership with the National Museum of Ireland, St Patrick’s Festival will take up residence at the Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks in Dublin 7. The grounds of the stunning, historic heritage site will be transformed into a magical day-to-night urban Festival for all, in the heart of Dublin, featuring Spiegeltent Mór and Spiegeltent Beag, a 3,000 capacity outdoor Main Stage, Craic Comedy Tent, Story Yurt, performance spaces, relaxation areas and a dedicated Irish Food and Craft Village.

All daytime events will be free of charge, while some night time events will require a pre-purchased ticket.

Festival Quarter Days at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks

Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 March, 12pm-6pm (All ages)

Enjoy four days of family friendly adventures, from performance, theatre and giant games to Céilí Mór, music and play, from March 17 to March 20. Immerse in talks, film screenings, interactive games, circus and science shows.

Festival Quarter Nights at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks

Wednesday 16 – Saturday 19 March, 6pm – 10.30pm daily (Strictly Over 18s)

When the sun goes down, from 6pm daily, Festival Quarter Nights will explode into life with stunning lighting displays and decor, a bustling food village, bars and hangout areas just for adults. Enjoy the very best of Irish contemporary and traditional music, performance, comedy, cabaret, theatre, literature, discourse and dance.

Irish Food & Craft Village at Festival Quarter

Wednesday 16 – Sunday 20 March, from early to close.

Time to connect and relax in the many comfortable seating and relaxation areas in the Irish Food & Craft Village. Feast on contemporary and diverse Irish cooking from the cream of Ireland’s food truck community including Lala Poutine, Bad Boys BBQ, Fire and Food, The Brew Crew Café. and many more. Day to night, refreshments and craft beverages will be served.

Breathe Festival with Happenings & St Patrick’s Festival at The Law Society, Dublin 7

Friday 18 March, from 10am – 5pm & Saturday 19 March, from 10am – 1pm

Sustainable, meaningful cultural event producers Happenings will bring their own inimitable style and insights to Breathe Festival, a wonderful day and a half programme of wellness and resilience for the self, our communities and our planet in The Law Society of Ireland, Dublin 7. All ages are welcome to relax and breathe with yoga and mindfulness classes and activities, talks, demos, local food offerings, a mobile sauna and more.

City Festival Programme & What’s Happening Near You!

Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 March, Dublin, Ireland, the World

There will be many St Patrick’s Festival supported live events and club nights throughout Dublin over the period of the Festival. One such highlight is Ulysses 2.2, curated, presented and produced by ANU, Landmark Productions and MoLI. This hugely ambitious year-long programme will see 18 cross-disciplinary artists each respond to one of the 18 episodes in Ulysses. Details of the artists and the episode to be presented during St. Patrick’s Festival will be announced shortly.

SPF TV at 

Wednesday 16 – Sunday 20. On Demand and Live Streams.

This year, more than 50 pre-recorded programmes will be available to view on SPF TV at, all accessible globally, many with sign language and all with closed captions, free of charge and on demand. A selection of events from Festival Quarter will also be streamed live on SPF TV and the Festival’s social media channels, connecting our family of 80 million through music, theatre, art, performance, poetry, storytelling, virtual tours, food and culture.

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