St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin

St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin

Written by Heather

Topics: Experiences Abroad

This is the 6th post in a series about my 30th birthday trip to Dublin!

After touring the Guinness Storehouse and enjoying (or in some cases very slowly nursing) a pint at the Guinness Storehouse’s top-floor Gravity Bar, we rushed to the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.

I’d heard it was supposed to be spectacular this year, so I was really looking forward to it. I hurried the fun at the Guinness Storehouse along so we could watch every action-packed moment of Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. And it definitely went beyond my expectations…only not in a good way πŸ˜‰

Photos of the odd spider, ant, and rooster all courtesy of Andi

Weird, right? Random. YES, these were actual floats in the parade. Nothing to do with Dublin, Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day, zip. I can’t even remember what the theme was, but we dubbed it the Tim Burton Parade.

Thankfully our stroll through St. Stephen’s Green more than made up for the parade. If you don’t already know, I *love* green spaces in cities.

The park was packed
St. Stephen's Green on St. Pat's Day

Sporting our green
St. Stephen's Green on St. Pat's Day

This girl saw Dave taking a photo of me and ran over and asked to be in it!
This girl saw Dave was taking photos of the crowds and asked to be in a photo with me

After enjoying the park, we headed back to the hostel to get ready for dinner. Within minutes of returning, I heard a knock on the door. Everyone was there with big smiles, and Sinead entered with a gluten free banana and chocolate chip birthday cake she had made! We managed to pile 13 of us in a 4-bed dorm room to share the cake :-)

Dinner took us to the Brazen Head, the oldest pub in Dublin.

We skipped past the party-goers on the ground floor to head upstairs to our pre-booked, 3-course meal with Irish Folk Tours. While we dined on each course, John told Irish folk stories.

Taken by Dave
Dinner at the Brazen Head on St. Pat's Day

The appetizer of fish cakes was fantastic
Dinner at the Brazen Head on St. Pat's Day

John, the folk story teller
Dinner at the Brazen Head on St. Pat's Day

By the time dinner was over the night was already late, so we strolled through the city back to the hostel. I had a really lovely birthday made better by the wonderful friends that surrounded me throughout the day. Love you all!

Featured image at top from Pam

3 Comments Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Evan says:

    I had a great time at the Pub and time with Johnny was fun πŸ˜€ I also would highly suggest it to anyone who might be reading this and thinking about going to Dublin.

    And I actually did enjoy the Tim Burton parade and agree that is the best name for it πŸ˜€


  2. Shel says:

    Yeah I never realised how disappointed you were Heather! I thought it was quite good – but no one had really talked it up to me so maybe my expectations weren’t that high! I agree the folk stories are great – I can still hear that song in my head sometimes!

  3. Nicole says:

    I went to a Memorial Day parade on Monday and I was quite disappointed that there were no giant insects like we saw in Dublin – nothing will ever live up to that! Ha, ha! πŸ˜‰

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