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St Patrick’s Festival

St Patrick's Festival

13th March 2020 - 17th March 2020

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13th March 2020 - 17th March 2020

Ireland's Leading Arts Festival

From Thursday March 13th to Tuesday March 17th, Dublin is set to host thousands of visitors, all arriving to join locals in a five-day celebration of Irish culture over St. Patrick's weekend.

St. Patrick’s Festival is without a doubt the biggest celebration of a national identity worldwide. Once held over one day, the festival has grown to a multi-day celebration with fantastic events happening in and around the Irish capital. Even though St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world, spending this famous national holiday in Dublin is truly a special, unique and unforgettable experience for the whole family. Established to promote Ireland internationally as a creative, professional and sophisticated country to increase economic growth, it is nowadays Ireland’s leading arts festival taking place annually around St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th.

Situated in the vibrant Docklands area and within walking distance to all of the action happening in Dublin city centre, The Marker Hotel is the perfect base when attending the St. Patrick’s Festival. Providing exceptional hospitality and excellent service in atmospheric and luxurious surroundings, The Marker Hotel’s team look forward to creating a memorable St. Patrick’s weekend for you, your family and friends. Enjoy the best of Irish produce at the award-winning Brasserie restaurant and St. Patrick’s Day themed drinks at The Marker Bar. For those staying the night, The Marker Hotel offers various rooms to suit everyone’s needs.

Enjoy five days and nights of Irish culture, entertainment and music in the heart of Ireland’s capital. Avail of The Marker Hotel’s exclusive offers and packages to get even more out of your experience

Ireland's Leading Arts Festival
Ireland's Leading Arts Festival
Ireland's Leading Arts Festival
Ireland's Leading Arts Festival

St. Patrick's Festivities at The Marker Hotel

The Marker Hotel Goes Green

The Marker Hotel on Grand Canal Square will join the many iconic local sites and spaces across the city turning green for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. 

Celebrate the occasion with us by availing of a special St. Patrick’s Day themed cocktail or a traditional pint of Guinness at The Marker Bar.

Irish Welcome

Our culinary team will be displaying the best of Irish produce from the moment you arrive with a fresh Flaggy Shore oyster and a half pint of Guinness presented on check-in with a complimentary Irish porter cake delivered to your room during turndown service. 

Irish Specials

After the parade. indulge in a Marker culinary classic with our Charolais Irish Beef Burger which was named by The Sunday Business Post as the "Best Swanky Burger in Dublin". Served with all the trimmings, our burger comes with rosemary fries and a pint of Guinness for €20

Themed Cocktail

Get into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day with our themed cocktail "Emerald Gold" available throughout the weekend for €14. Emerald Gold is created using Jameson, Butterscotch, Syrup and Lemon Juice. 

Concierge Recommends

The parade itself is set to start at 12 noon on O’Connell Street but our Concierge recommends you stop off before the parade at one of Dublin's oldest pubs, Mulligan's to experience one of the best pints of Guinness in Dublin. Mulligans is renowned for its unique regulars and it is rumoured that the Guinness quality team visit thrice weekly! 

If we know one thing in Ireland, it’s food! Ireland punches above its weight in this sector and the food scene in Ireland and its capital city Dublin has exploded with a delicious trail of exciting restaurants, gastro-pubs, coffee shops and bakeries. If you are looking to experience lunch in town after the parade, we recommend exploring The Bailey on Duke Street, The Hairy Lemon on Stephen Street Lower or for a tradtional Irish pub experience, try Toners or Doheny & Nesbitt's.

After the parade, warm yourself up with a whiskey in the Dingle Whiskey Bar on Nassau Street before returning to The Marker for more celebrations. 

Highlights St. Patrick's Festival 2020

SEODA - Treasures from Ireland

The 2020 St. Patrick’s Festival will celebrate Treasures from Ireland. The five-day family-focused programme will present today’s culture creators and celebrate who and what our contemporary national treasures are, as well as showcasing the pride Ireland has with our traditions. 

Using music, spoken word, visual art, literature, film, theatre, street performance and circus, this year’s festival celebrates both traditional and contemporary Ireland. 

St. Patrick’s Festival Parade

The St. Patrick’s Festival parade is without a doubt the highlight of the multi-day celebration. Every year national and international street theatre and pageant companies present their magnificent creations and artistic interpretations of the annual theme. Additionally, bands will bring dynamic rhythms and uplifting musical scores to Dublin’s streets.

Kicking off at noon from O'Connell Street, the parade will head along O’Connell Street East and on to Westmoreland Street, before travelling around St. Patrick’s Cathedral and ending at Kevin Street. In total, the parade last approximately 2 hours, but if you stay in one spot, it will all pass in 45 minutes.

As huge crowds are expected, an early start (before 10am) is recommended – or alternatively head towards the end of the route.


12 pm                     17th March  

Fun Events for the whole Family

For the first time, Dublin’s Merrion Square will be transformed into a bustling Festival Village for the St. Patrick’s Festival. Running from March 14th to March 17th, the four-day Festival Village will boast fun-filled and action-packed events for all ages, as well as a world food market serving Irish and international dishes.

Look forward to a jam-packed programme that will feature science shows and workshops, live music, circus and street theatre performances, village hall talks, children’s readings and discos. If you’re keen to learn more about Irish culture, make sure to visit the Gaeltacht area.


Saturday - Tuesday: 12:00 - 18:00

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The Marker Hotel


The Marker Hotel, Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin 2, D02 CK38, Ireland


Phone: +353 (0) 1 687 5100 Email:

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