14th – 17th March 2015
Festival Programme

I Love My City
A Celebration of Irish Culture

I Love My City is a series of engaging, evocative and intimate cultural events and happenings curated by the festival and staged in some of Dublin’s most beautiful, historic and prestigious cultural venues and spaces.
18 headline events, featuring established and emerging Irish and international artists, from a variety of disciplines, including literature, music, film, song, spoken word, visual art and more, will be presented throughout the festival.
In addition, citywide venues and spaces will host a multitude of inspiring events presented by exciting collectives, artists and performers, immersing audiences in the vibrant cultural fabric of the city.
Events are either FREE ticketed or PAID ticketed. To register for free tickets or to buy tickets see

Mad Myths:
FREE Ticketed Events
Saturday 14
th March
Where: Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), Ely Place, D.2

These sessions are delivered by renowned Irish storyteller Claire Muireann Murphy. Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout.

Fabulous First Stories (3-5yrs):
Time: 10am – 10:45am
Come and join a playful, interactive session of stories and songs to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, featuring tales of mischievous fairies, lost kings, talking frogs and maybe even a monster or two.

Wild Irish Tales (7-11yrs):
Time: 12pm – 1pm
Enjoy an hour of Irish myths and folktales, not for the faint of heart, these stories feature wild warriors, mad one-eyed kings and capricious fairies.  

Telling Tales Together: (Suitable for the whole family)
Time: 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Using games and stories, come and master easy ways to learn a story, ways to keep a story interesting (no matter how many times you have to tell it!), and discover new stories to take home.

Film Screening: ‘The Snapper’ plus Q & A with Colm Meaney
FREE Event
Saturday 14th March
Where: The Pillar Room, Rotunda Hospital, D.1
Time: 7pm

“When the characters spoke, Dublin spoke”
This year author Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy (The Commitments, The Snapper, The Van) is the UNESCO Dublin City of Literature: One City, One Book. Each book follows a different strand in the life of the unforgettable Rabbitte family, encapsulating 80s and 90s Dublin and the trials and tribulations of the fictional clan.
In celebration, a special screening of ‘The Snapper’ will take place in the beautiful Pillar Room of The Rotunda Maternity Hospital, which featured as a location in the film. As part of the event, very special guest Colm Meaney, who plays the character of Dessie Rabbitte, will be interviewed by RTÉ’s John Kelly.

BoNs Synth Ensemble
FREE Ticketed Event
Saturday 14
th March
Where: The Grand Lodge, Freemason Lodge, Molesworth Street, D.2
Time: 8pm – 8.50pm

BoNs is the musical and songwriting catalyst for Dublin-based multi-instrumentalist, producer and synthesist Glenn P Keating.  Over the last decade, the music of BoNs has evolved, by way of experience, in playing as a member of Jape, Somadrone, I am the Cosmos, Solar Bears and the Redneck Manifesto. This debut performance will take the music out of the studio for the first time - the studio however, will be accompanying Keating for this event, with a vast array of synthesizers and instruments making up the BoNs ensemble.  Keating's electronically driven compositions will be performed essentially as a one-man show on the night, in this incredible venue.

Bia Beatha: Irish Cuisine & Culture
PAID Ticketed Event: €65
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Saturday 14
th & Sunday 15th March
Where: Guinness Storehouse, St. James’ Gate, D.8
Time: 7.30pm -10:30pm

Tell me what you eat, and I'll tell you who you are.
The type of food we eat, the preparation of ingredients and how we consume and share it, hold the essence of who we are and where we are from. In the historic setting of the pre-industrial brewer’s dining hall, Bia Beatha and your host, culinary historian Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire, will take you on a journey into Ireland’s cuisine, its people and society.  
Enjoy a specially crafted three-course menu by Guinness Storehouse Executive chef, Justin O’Connor, showcasing the best of Irish cuisine, prepared using seasonal Irish ingredients.
Join us for this unique dining experience celebrating Irish food and culture in a setting filled with old world charm. The evening will end with a live musical performance. 
Ticket includes a welcome cocktail and wine served with dinner.

Me Jewel and Darlin’ Dublin
FREE Event (No ticket required)
Saturday 14
th – Tuesday 17th March
Where: Marsh’s Library, St. Patrick’s Close, D.8
Times: 10am – 5pm daily

Me Jewel and Darlin’ Dublin is a new exhibition of letterpress prints, affectionately named after author Eamon MacThomais’ account of Dublin life from 1974, by Dublin-based studio One Strong Arm. This series of antique wooden, metal type, woodcut prints and illustration celebrates the great things about this city - a snapshot of tales told through the writings, thoughts and musings that some of the great people Dublin has produced.

To celebrate the year of Irish Design, St Patrick’s Festival and ID2015 have come together to reimagine public spaces in our capital city.  Taking the present, and specifically the 2015 Parade theme, Celebrate Now as inspiration, this exciting collaboration aims to get people to stop and take a moment out of their busy day to think about the city differently.  What If Dublin and Reflect Yourself were chosen through an artist submission process.

What If Dublin
FREE Event (No ticket required)
Saturday 14
th – Tuesday 17th March
Where: Various outdoor locations see
@what_if_dublin #whatifdublin

What if Dublin is a Twitter-based web platform, initiated by a collective of young architects, designers and urban researchers, which invites the public to participate in a debate on the actual urban questions of the city.
In collaboration with the Irish Architecture Foundation, a selection of questions starting with "What if Dublin...", will be brought out into the physical world. Several installations, strategically placed throughout the city centre, will seek to engage the passer-by with their immediate environment, triggering their imagination and actively encouraging engagement in re-thinking the possibilities of public spaces.

Reflect Yourself:
FREE Event (No ticket required)
Saturday 14
th – Tuesday 17th March
Where: Dubh Linn Gardens, Dublin Castle, D.2
Times: 9am – 7pm

A Mirror. A mirror provides that snapshot in time, reflecting only the here and now.  
Created by Barry Sheehan, Head of Design at the Dublin Institute of Technology, along with furniture design students, Richard May and Tomas Barisauskas, this thought-provoking, outdoor installation explores what specifically prevents us from reflecting on the past or wondering about the future.

The Past is Present – Talk Series
FREE Ticketed Events
Various dates (see below)
Where: The Little Museum of Dublin, 15 St. Stephen’s Green, D.1
Time: 1pm – 2pm

The Women of Dublin – 100 years ago and today: (Saturday 14th
Head of Special Projects at the National Archives, and former President of the Women's History Association, Catríona Crowe explores the history of women in Dublin from 1900 to today - the lives, politics and social realities of the past that continue to influence the lives of men and women in Dublin today.

The Secret History of Dublin: (Sunday 15
Historian, author and collector of Dublin's past, Donal Fallon, presents a whistle-stop tour of the city's most fascinating hidden histories and lost stories, the ghosts that still surround Dublin residents in the buildings they live in, work in and walk past every day.

Dublin's 1000 Year Legacy:  (Monday 16
Dublin was founded by the Vikings, and much of its early topography can still be found and visited in the city we love today. Dr. Pat Wallace, Director of the Wood Quay Excavations and ex-Director of the National Museum, reveals the Viking capital that Dubliners have inherited. 

Guinness: In the City
FREE Event (No ticket required)
Dates: Saturday 14
th – Tuesday 17th March
Where: Various outdoor locations see

For the first time ever, images from the vast Guinness Archive at Guinness Storehouse will feature in locations around the city, just waiting to be discovered. This outdoor exhibition trail, produced in collaboration with Sweatshop, tells the story of one of Ireland’s most iconic brands and how, through the societies, housing and people, Guinness wove its way into the very fabric of the city of Dublin. The story of Guinness goes beyond the story of the beer, it has had a profound impact on the shape and development of Dublin. These photos illustrate the rich legacy that Guinness continues to have in the city to this day.

A Visual Tribute to W.B Yeats
FREE & PAID Events
Saturday 14
th – Tuesday 17th March
Where: The Irish Georgian Society, City Assembly House, 58 South William Street, D.2
Exhibition Opening Hours: Saturday 14th, Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th March 10am - 5pm, Sunday 10am – 1pm

The Dublin Painting and Sketching Club with The Irish Writers Centre present an exhibition of paintings inspired by the poetry of W.B Yeats. Poetry recitals, short readings on Yeats and musical settings of his poems by harpist Claire Roche celebrate the work of one of Ireland’s greatest literary icons, in the beautiful Georgian surrounds of City Assembly House.

Poetry Readings & Harp Recital with Clare Roche: Sunday 15th at 3pm. Tickets €5 from
Informal Poetry Readings: Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th from 2.30pm. Free events, no ticket required.

The Ultimate Sunday
PAID Ticketed Event €10
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Sunday 15
th March
Where: Belvedere House, Great Denmark Street, D.1
Times: Drop in from 12pm – 6.30pm*

Is your ultimate Sunday full of the Sunday papers, soothing music and stellar coffee? How about live comedy, great tunes, board games and movies? Or does Sunday mean enquiring minds and time out to recharge from the week? Whether Sundays mean tired heads, or curious ones, St. Patrick’s Festival has crafted the perfect event; The Ultimate Sunday.
In this hidden, Georgian gem the Sunday papers will be brought to life through talks and interviews on news, culture, style, travel and more! 
Resident DJ Sally Cinnamon will bring the perfect tunes, comedians John Colleary (Pictorial Weekly) and Gary Cooke (Aprés Match) will deliver the news worth knowing, Donal Dineen will talk to the artists worth hearing, including singer Lisa O' Neill, artist Cian McLaughlin and author Paul Murray, and Chequerboard's live set is guaranteed to relax and inspire. 
Be prepared to get comfy and open your mind to a Sunday full of sacred sounds and thoughtful talks. 
* Ticket holders please feel free to set up camp for the afternoon or pop in as you please.  Slippers optional! 

Tell Me About It
FREE Ticketed Event
Sunday 15
th March
Where: The Little Museum of Dublin, 15 Stephen’s Green, D.2
Times: 5pm – 7pm

A showcase of some of the best poetry, storytelling and spoken word that Ireland has to offer. Curated by Dublin poet Stephen James Smith, Tell Me About It, takes inspiration from St Patrick Festival’s cultural theme of I Love My City. Artists such as Paul Timoney, Erin Fornoff, Rory Jones, Eva O’Connor, Brian McMahon Gallagher and Stephen James Smith himself will take to the stage to deliver their wordy verse and stomping stanzas.

The Pipes, The Pipes
FREE Ticketed Event
Sunday 15th March
Where: Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), Ely Place, D.2
Time: 7pm – 8.20pm

Paint, pipes and pictures will be a forceful combination at this special live experience.  
The Pipes, The Pipes is a homage to the singular magic of the uilleann pipes. Featuring the expertise of three exceptional pipers, Pádraig McGovern, Leonard Barry and John Touhy. This live show will also feature contributions by French visual artist Lionel Palun and Spanish painter Guillermo Carrion, who will respond live to the mesmerising soundwaves and conjure images that enhance the musical flow.
Cities Breathing
PAID Ticketed Event: €10
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Date: Monday 16
th March
Where: O’Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College, Great Denmark Street, D.1
Times: Doors 7.30pm, Show 8pm – 9.30pm

Cities are living.  Cities breathe.  Videographers and visual artists Peter Martin, Albert Hooi with Al Kennington and Kev Freeney, were commissioned to visually explore contemporary Dublin,  collecting beautiful, moving imagery of our unique capital.  Musical artists Clu, New Jackson and I Am The Cosmos, have composed an eclectic array of scores to accompany the three short films.  In the impressive O’Reilly Theatre, the two creative strands come together for this once off, live, audio visual vignette of Dublin city today, produced by Dylan Higgins and Al Kennington.

NOTIFY & Pauline Scanlon
FREE Ticketed Event
Tuesday 17th March
Where: The Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle, D.2
Times: 7.30pm – 8.40pm

NOTIFY and Pauline Scanlon, both leading figureheads of the new Irish Music Tradition, breathe fresh life into Gaelic music and song with "a musical tapestry that ranges from soft melodies to crashing crescendos". In the gorgeous surrounds of the Chapel Royal, the ensemble will deliver an evocative repertoire of original compositions, re-arranged traditional tunes and Irish language songs, produced with sensitive electronic overlays and inventive arrangements that are “cinematic in scope” (New York Echo).

Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Northern Ireland, Traditional Arts | Touring Award and in association with Seachtain na Gaeilge.

PORT A' tSAOIL: TIONSCADAL KATE BUSH / Jig of Life: the Kate Bush Project
PAID Ticketed Event
Tuesday 17th March
Where: Smock Alley Boys School, 6/7 Exchange St Lower, Temple Bar, D.8
Time: 7pm – 8.30pm

Níl éinne inchurtha le Kate Bush mar ealaíontóir. Fitear rac, ceol clasaiceach agus ceol tíre go han-éifeachtach ar fad sa saothar aici. Anocht tá Caitríona O'Leary againn chun scoth na n-amhrán le Kate Bush a chanadh dúinn. Gabriel Rosenstock a thraschruthaigh na liricí i nGaeilge agus Margaret Lonergan ag teilg liricí agus íomhánna ar scáileán.

Caitríona O’Leary, acclaimed by Crescendo Magazine for ‘her angelic and etheral voice’ - performs the very best of Kate Bush’s songs, translated into Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock. The show features on-screen projections of the lyrics, with images created by Margaret Lonergan.

Léirithe ag/ Produced by IMRAM Irish Language Literature Festival.

Festival Treasure Hunt
Saturday 14th March
Free Event
In association with Ethiopian Airlines & Dublin's Q102
Where: Starts & Ends at The Public Theatre, Front Square, Trinity College, D1
Registration: 10am-1pm on the day
Pre-register in advance on

Unlock the city as you navigate the exciting trail, visit Dublin's beautiful, historical locations and solve clues in this urban, participatory event.
Tap into your adventurous spirit, as you work in teams to solve a series of questions and discover Dublin city in this unique way!
Enjoy the atmosphere at HQ in Trinity College, with music, theatrics, prizes for best costumes (the theme is explorers!) and much more.
The hunt takes about 1 hour 45 minutes to complete, with a special, shorter, mini hunt available for children! To save time, sign up in advance online. Max 4 people per team.
Glac páirt san Tóraíocht Taisce trí Ghaeilge agus bíodh deis agat duaiseanna speisialta a bhuachaint!
Listen in to Dublin’s Q102 from 9am-1pm from 9th to 13th March, to be in with a chance to win 2 return flights from Dublin to Los Angeles and a four night stay in a 4* luxury hotel with thanks to Ethiopian Airlines.

How to Play:

  • Enter in teams of up to four people
  • Register in advance online on or at Trinity College on the day
  • Receive your team pack
  • Answer all questions in the venues
  • Collect stamps from each participating venue from festival staff
  • Return to Trinity College and receive your time of completion
  • The winners will be posted on St. Patrick’s Festival website

  • Prizes to be Won:
  • A 7 night, self-catering break for 6/7 people in Trabolgan, Co. Cork
  • A family pass for 2 adults and 2 children for Awesome Walls Rock Climbing
  • A family cruise and family crazy golf, with Star Outdoors, Kenmare

  • Céilí House Live in Concert
    In Association with RTÉ Radio 1
    Saturday 14th March
    Where: National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, D.2
    Time: 8pm
    Tickets: €18 - €35*
    Available from or 01 4170000
    St. Patrick’s Festival and RTÉ Radio 1 present an evening of traditional music, song and dance in the spectacular setting of the National Concert Hall. 
    The evening will feature exceptional Celtic musicians, Triad, with Dónal Lunny, Pádraig Rynne and Sylvain Barou, soulful traditional Irish singer, Karan Casey and exhilarating Irish fiddle trio, Fidil.
    The line-up will also include up and coming traditional musicians The Friel Sisters and the Céilí House All-Stars, a specially-assembled group of the finest musicians with Sibéal Davit, one of Ireland's leading sean-nós dancers.
    Enjoy an unmissable evening of Irish music at its best!
    Presented by RTÉ Radio 1's Kieran Hanrahan.

    *15% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall and for groups of 10 or more.

    Street Theatre
    Saturday 14th & Monday 16th March
    FREE event
    Where: South King Street, Cow's Lane & Suffolk Street
    Times: Various Times

    The Lift
    Saturday 14th
    South King Street
    12:30pm, 2:20pm & 4:10pm
    Saturday 14th
    South King Street
    1:30pm, 3:20pm & 5:10pm
    Lulu's World
    Saturday 14th
    Cow's Lane
    2:30pm, 4pm & 5:30pm 
    Impossible Circus
    Saturday 14th
    Cow's Lane
    1:30pm, 3:15pm & 4.45pm
    Les Poupées Géantes
    Monday 16th
    South King Street
    Les Poupées Géantes
    Monday 16th
    Suffolk Street
    Times subject to change
    *Please note, this is a promenade show

    The streets of Dublin will become the stage for internationally and nationally revered acts delivering mesmerising performances, crazy antics, theatrics and side splitting comedic shows that will wow audiences.

    Les Poupées Géantes (FRA), three Giant Dolls will descend on the capital, sliding magically through the streets delivering haunting operatic melodies as they go.  These fantastic ornate divas will transform the streets into a mobile opera house, and will captivate young and old with their alluring performances.
    Presented by Transe-Express (FRA).
    Kindly supported by the French Embassy in Ireland.

    The Lift (UK), is a magical, stylish elevator operated by eccentric bellhops, as they roam the streets, presenting show stopping hysterical vignettes.  Which floor will you be brought to?

    Hoopelaï (BEL), is a romantic comedy that warms the hearts of the audience is filled with dizzying hula-hoop tricks which seem near to impossible!
    Lulu's World (IRE), a street artist that can’t be contained in any gallery. Who needs words when you’ve got a blank canvas, and a marker to fill it.

    Guido Franzini's Impossible Circus (IRE), a tale of sibling rivalry, brotherly love and pogo sticks.

    Festival Big Day Out
    Sunday 15th March
    FREE Event
    In association with FM104
    Where: Merrion Square, D.2
    Time: 12pm - 6pm

    Merrion Square, the heart of Georgian Dublin provides the stunning setting for this day-long street carnival, bursting with energy, colour, whimsical antics and the truly bizarre. Be wowed by daring aerial shows, sensational street theatrics, mind-boggling workshops, lively spoken word, rousing music and more.
    Watch out for theatrical performances, including The Lift (UK), with three hilarious bellhops, ready to welcome you into their ornate elevator; Hoopelaï from Belgium demonstrating dizzying hoolahoop tricks which seem near to impossible; the Fanzini Brothers' circus tale of sibling rivalry and pogo sticks; and the poetic pantomime with the living doll, Bambolina & Dodo, by UK circus act Circle of Two.
    See this year’s Dublin Unesco City of Literature Citywide Reading choice, Danger is Everywhere, come to life in the children’s literary marquee. Comedian and author David O’Doherty, and illustrator Chris Judge will have children and adults in stitches with their brilliant live show.
    Show times: 1.15-2.15pm and 3.15-4.15pm
    Register at
    Talking Heads, curated by Stephen James Smith, is a new spoken word and music tent, fusing comedy, poetry, hip-hop and storytelling, from some of Ireland's best loved performers. Come in, take a seat, have a laugh, who knows you may even be inspired to get involved in the open mic session!
    Children can transform into young Einsteins at the SFI Discover Science Zone; look out for the Physics Buskers; drop by the Lifetime Lab games and puzzles area; learn about the science of juggling or explore the fascinating field of forensics!
    See if you can solve the puzzles at the Lycamobile Puzzle Playground, packed with beautifully crafted wooden games, don’t miss this perfect place to play! 
    And be sure to visit the Urban Farm with its huge collection of animals from llamas and donkeys to hamsters and bunnies.

    St. Patrick’s Festival Parade
    Tuesday 17th March
    Where: Parnell Square, D.1
    Time: Starting at 12pm

    ‘Celebrate Now’, the theme for the 2015 Festival Parade, will be brought to life by leading pageant companies. Their fantastical creations and thrilling performances, inspired by the present, will enthral and excite the crowds.
    Amidst the colourful pageantry, bands from the USA, Mexico, Germany and Ireland will deliver uplifting scores and inspiring rhythms. This spectacular procession will wind its way through the heart of Dublin city, bursting with colour and theatrics.
    Parade route map available at

    *Time subject to change

    Brave New World
    By Spraoi

    Do you remember the dark days before the internet? Two channel TV, phone boxes, cassette tapes, aerials and wires everywhere! Before Google how did we all survive?! This year, Spraoi pays tribute to our World Wide Web. A lot has changed in twenty five years and a giant mechanical spider has been built to represent this new web that binds us. Join with Spraoi and worship. Let us
    celebrate these saviours, who rescued us from the dark ages!
    Spraoi is a well-established street theatre company based in Waterford city, best known for the annual Spraoi Festival, attracting audiences in excess of 80,000 people. 2015 marks Spraoi’s nineteenth appearance in the Parade.

    Wow O' Clock
    By Artastic
    Celebrate now with ‘Wow O Clock’, and make the most of the times when we do more of what we love. This clock has no numbers, hours nor minutes, just one WOW hand taking us to different wow moments in our day. Is your wow moment ‘In the Garden’?, maybe it’s ‘Sweets and Treats’ or ‘Lost in Music’? Don’t wait until tomorrow and yesterday has gone, do more of what you love, and each day will be more fun.
    Artastic is a street spectacle company based in co. Kildare, under the artistic direction of Vijaya Bateson and Caitríona McGowan. Their track record in conceiving new works and engaging a range of community groups, is a testament to their passion for contemporary street theatre and all its artistic, educational and cultural potentialities.

    The Ministry of Peace and Love
    By Inishowen Carnival Group
    Inishowen celebrate the absurdities and contradictions of modern life by creating a ridiculous remedy for a modern problem. Using an assortment of scrapyard junk and recycled household objects, Inishowen have created a fantasy team of scientists to intercept and transform the baffling array of television, phone, internet and advertising signals which bombard our subconscious every day. Technicians operate bizarre machines to help us focus on the more important things in life - making the world a better place for all. Discard your preconceptions here, celebrate now, it's a crazy world we live in!
    Based near Malin Town in the beautiful peninsula of Inishowen, Co. Donegal, Inishowen Carnival Group, under the artistic direction of Kevin O’ Neill, have performed annually at the Parade, since 1996 and take part regularly in festivals and events across Ireland and beyond.

    Present Exploded
    By City Fusion
    City Fusion is inviting you to zoom into the present and capture a moment unfolding. Through subtle choreography, the performers’ expansive, vibrant silk costumes, grow bigger and bigger, gently gathering momentum. Like the close up image of a rose blooming, the images unfold frame by frame into a series of colourful images. City Fusion is the moving vision of our powerful internal world!
    See City Fusion page for more information.

    Whether the Weather
    By Dowtcha
    As a nation, we are obsessed with our weather. It influences our day and our mood, even our art and literature! This year, Dowtcha celebrates our national obsession by embracing our ability to get on with our day, whatever the weather! The Sun, the weather wheel and the moon move amongst sun worshippers, hoping to bask in her rays. Clowns, sunbeams, rainbows, giant rain drops, clouds and shooting stars all dance in celebration. Come celebrate our ever changing Irish weather!
    Formed in 2002 by Cliff Dolliver and Mick Lynch, Dowtcha are Cork's puppet specialists. They produce original, high-quality puppet shows, visual theatre, workshops and courses. Dowtcha puppets also have a reputation for visual spectacle and street theatre. They have taken part in the Parade many times since their first entry in Dublin, 2003.

    You Deserve It!
    By Buí Bolg
    Life can be hectic, but occasionally you find yourself with a bit of time that’s just for you. Let’s celebrate and embrace those moments when you can just kick back and relax. Whether it be singing in the bathtub, losing yourself in literature or simply chilling out on a park bench, watching the world go by, Bui Bolg says, go on, treat yourself… you deserve it!
    Buí Bolg Outdoor Arts is a team of skilled, visual artists and engineers, performers and designers, led by Artistic Director Colm Lowney. It was established in Wexford in 1994 by a group of young, enthusiastic art graduates aiming to bring art out on to the streets and make it accessible for all.

    Les Poupées Géantes
    By Transe Express (FRA)
    These giant dolls, will slide magically through the city streets, delivering haunting, operatic melodies and creating spectacle and drama as they go. These beautiful, mesmerising divas are presented by French company Transe Express.
    Kindly supported by the French Embassy in Ireland.

    We Are Magic!
    By Brighter Futures

    The teenagers of Brighter Futures celebrate our youth, our roots, and the many cultures that influence Ireland today. Reclaiming traditional Irish characters and symbolism, and bringing them into present day, bearded hipster leprechauns and punk inspired fairies scurry about a giant top hat to the beat of the music. The power of being magic! Brighter Futures are the legend of now!
    See Brighter Futures page for more information

    Wild at Heart
    By Spraoi
    Take a walk on the wild side and celebrate our cleaner, greener urban spaces with the animals of Spraoi. Which wild animal most represents you? Do you tend to flock in groups? Are you cunning and a little mischievous like a fox or are you pensive and watchful like the owl? These days you are as likely to encounter wildlife in St. Stephens’s Green as in the sticks! Witness these beautiful creatures, sculpted and crafted from natural materials, take over the streets of Dublin. Nature is now. Nature is life!
    See Brave New World above for information on Spraoi.

    St. Patrick’s Festival Parade
    Marching Bands 2015

    Bagpipes & Drums of the Emerald Society Chicago Police Department
    From: Illinois, USA
    Director: Mr. Thomas J. Cody
    The band was formed in 1982 for the sole purpose of honouring Police Officers and fire fighters killed in the line of duty. The band consists entirely of Irish/American Police Officers from all facets of the Law Enforcement from the Federal, State, County, Suburban and City of Chicago Agencies. They have performed over 150 Honours Ceremonies in the United States.

    Banda de Gaitas del Batallón de San Patricio
    From: Mexico
    Director: Mr. Ernesto Góngora

    The Band was established in 1997 to honour the St. Patrick’s Battalion, that fought as part of the Mexican Army in the war with the US in 1846-47. The band performs regularly in concerts and festivals all over Mexico and abroad. This is the first time there has been a Mexican band participating in the parade.

    Clondalkin Youth Band
    From: Dublin, Ireland
    Director: Mr. Vincent Dolan
    Clondalkin Youth Band are one of the largest marching and concert bands in Ireland, having won many awards. They have performed every year in the Dublin Parade since 1989. The band is under the expert guidance and baton of Mr. Vincent Dolan, a graduate of the College of Music, Dublin and a full-time member of the Irish Army School of Music.

    Woodstock High School Marching Wolverine Band
    From: Georgia, USA
    Director: Mr. Bob Loehr
    Woodstock High School Marching Wolverine Band was formed in 1996. The band is comprised of about 110 students, 94 of which are participating in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Parade. In 2013 the band were Silver Division Grand Champions at the Golden River Marching Festival.

    Columbus East High School Olympian Spirit Marching Band
    From: Indiana, USA
    Directors: Mr. David Rodgers, Mr. Tim Brookshire
    The band has been an ISSMA State finalist as well as a Mid States finalist for the past 15 years. The band has performed in New York, California and the Disney Honours Festival. Many of the band members have been selected for All State Ensembles, and former members have pursued careers in music or music education.

    Kilgore College Rangerettes
    From: Texas, USA
    Director: Ms. Dana Blair
    The Kilgore College Rangerettes are a precision dance team currently made up of 72 members. The members of the Rangerettes are aged between 18- 21 years. The band was formed in 1939 by Miss Gussie Nell Davis, who was hired by the dean of Kilgore College. Participating in the parade with the Rangerettes will be a selection of 200 dancers, known as the All Star Dancers. Members of the All Stars range from ages 15-18 years.

    Musikverein Trachtenkapelle Biederbach e.V
    From: Germany
    Directors: Mr. Stefan Burger, Stephan Schaetzle, Ralph Wernet
    Founded in 1899, in the Black Forest, the band is more than 100 years old and has around 70 active musicians between the ages of 14 -63. In 2007 they participated at the Steubenparade in New York.

    North Dakota State University Gold Marching Band
    From: North Dakota, USA
    Director: Dr Sigurd Johnson
    The NDSU Gold Star Marching Band has a one hundred year tradition of excellence. The band routinely performs before large audiences at sporting events, and has much experience at national tournaments, including three NCAA FCS National Football Championships.

    Albany Marching Falcons
    From: New York, USA
    Director: Mr. Bryan Cady
    The Albany Marching Falcons have represented the State of New York in the nationally televised National Memorial Day in Washington, D.C. They have also represented the New York State Capital numerous times, as they have performed in the nationally televised New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade and lead every parade held within the City of Albany in NY. This is the band's first time performing in Ireland.

    Charlotte Catholic High School Marching Band
    From: North Carolina, USA
    Director: Mr. Timothy Cook
    This will be CCHS Marching Band’s third appearance in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The band itself is comprised of students from grade 9-12 and has achieved many accolades over the years. The band itself is comprised of a symphonic band and a jazz band, and has gained notable recognition for performances regionally, nationally and internationally

    Coronado High School Marching Band
    From: Nevada, USA
    Director: Mr. Benjamin Franke
    The Coronado High School Marching Band hails from Henderson, Nevada USA. The band’s members are aged 14-18. Most recently, the Coronado Marching Band represented the state of Nevada in the 2013 United States National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C.

    Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Sound
    From: New Mexico, USA
    Director: Mr. Dustin Seifert
    The GSMB – the sound of the high plains is proud to celebrate its 77th year of musical excellence. GSMB members are both music majors and non majors. Many members of the GSMB proudly represented ENMU, the State of New Mexico and the United States of America when they performed in the 2009 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin.

    Musikkapelle Garmisch
    From: Germany
    Director: Mr. Matthias Millian
    Musikkapelle Garmisch was founded in 1796. The band has appeared in many festivals around Germany and has recently completed a performance tour in Japan. The band performs typical Bavarian music and this is their first time performing in Ireland.

    Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band
    From: Louisiana, USA
    Director: Dr. Jeffrey C. Mathews
    The band is one of the largest and most diverse marching bands in the South. The Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band has entertained thousands of people at athletic events, festivals and parades across the state and region for decades and has received prestigious awards for its performances.

    University of Southern Mississippi Marching Band – The Pride of Mississippi
    From: Mississippi, USA
    Director: Dr. James Standland
    The pride of Mississippi has marched in the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1993 and 1997 and more recently performed in the 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The band has performed for such events as the F.D.R Presidential Inaugural Parade, the Senior Bowl, multiple collegiate bowl games and professional American Football games.

    Community & Outreach project as part of the St. Patrick’s Festival

    City Fusion & Brighter Futures are two community and outreach, arts participation projects, commissioned by St. Patrick’s Festival.
    Each year, the projects start anew with over 200 participants, from a range of backgrounds and countries, who work together to develop two exciting pageants for the festival parade.
    The adult and youth community groups immerse themselves in visual art, music, street theatre and dance workshops to bring the parade theme to life, with creative vision and dedication.
    Teams of volunteers, facilitators and professional artists collaborate to produce the wonderful spectacle of street theatre, floats and costumes that come to life, as the performers waltz and swirl through the streets of Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day.
    2015 CITY FUSION (adult group participants):
    African Diaspora for Arts, Creative Steps, Lithuanian Community in Ireland, Filipino Cultural Organisation of Ireland, MENNI Services, DCU Japanese Society, Bolivianos En Irlanda and Brazilian Samba Dance Community Group.
    2015 BRIGHTER FUTURES (youth group participants): Irish Deaf Teens – Sub Org of Irish Deaf Youth Association, Sphere 17 Regional Youth Service, Dublin Circus Project, Polish Weekend School and
    Ringsend Girl Guides Unit.
    St. Patrick’s Festival is continuously striving for artistic excellence, aspiring to become bigger, brighter, better and bolder in future years. #cityfusion

    Music in the City
    Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th
    FREE Events
    Where: Various Locations (see below)
    Times: Various times (see below)

    Enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor musical performances from an eclectic mix of performers and artists. Lively song, upbeat tones and rhythmic beats will fill the air and get you in tune with festival celebrations. Music in the City will showcase some of Ireland’s finest creative ensembles, with something for all music tastes.
    Interskalactic Brass Band
    Sunday 15th March, South King Street @12pm & 1.40pm
    Interskalactic will light up the streets, performing first wave, old school Jamaican Ska. The 10 piece band will provide a celebratory burst of upbeat and infectious music.

    The Hot Spot Ukes
    Sunday 15th March, South King Street @12.50pm & 2.30pm
    This upbeat group promise to “Brew up a Storm” which is the name of their recent new hit, released to raise money for the homeless. Their fun filled, uplifting performances include ukulele players from 11 to 60 years old!

    The Line Up
    Sunday 15th March
    National Gallery, Merrion Square West @1pm
    St. Stephen's Green Shopping Centre @3pm
    Powerscourt Townhouse Centre @4.30pm
    soulful choir will be a real treat for audiences on Sunday afternoon. The choir have performed at Body & Soul, Electric Picnic, Mansion House, The Abbey Theatre, Christ Church Cathedral, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Southbank Centre in London where they broke a Guinness World Record. Their repertoire includes contemporary songs from the rock, pop and soul genres.

    Conor Walsh (Instrumental)
    Saturday 14th March
    Powerscourt Townhouse Centre @1pm & 3pm
    Sunday 15
    th March
    Powerscourt Townhouse Centre @1pm
    Conor is a minimalist piano/electro acoustic composer hailing from the west of Ireland. He will bring his enchanting pieces to Powerscourt Townhouse Centre’s baby grand piano, to soothe the souls of all who listen.

    Festival Céilí
    Monday 16th March
    Free Event
    In Association with Today FM & Foras na Gaeilge
    Where: St. Stephen’s Green North, D.2
    Time: 4.30pm-7.30pm

    'Round the house and mind the dresser!'. Get your dancing shoes on and join in the Festival Céilí, an outdoor celebration of traditional Irish dancing. Renowned ceilí caller Jerry O'Reilly will lead you through céilí classics, such as The Walls of Limerick and Shoe the Donkey, demonstrated by céilí veterans, the Brooks Academy dancers. The Matt Cunningham Band will accompany; Matt is a household name in the Irish music world, one of the most popular performers within the set and céilí dancing genre, and a pioneer where his recordings for dancers are concerned.
    Special guests Ciarán Ó Maoinigh on fiddle and Caitlín Nic Gabhann on concertina, are award-winning musicians, together, they make an explosive duo, full of spirit, soul and life. But it's you who really makes it special, so join our host and champion Irish dancer Dearbhla Lennon, as well as a few thousand friends, for a céilí to remember.

    Cuir snas ar do bhróga damhsa agus tar ag rince amuigh faoin spéir ag Céilí na Féile. Beidh banna cheoil Matt Cunningham, atá ag céiliúradh 50 bliain ar an bhfód, ag déanamh tionlacan, chomh maith le Ciarán Ó Maoinigh agus Caitlín Nic Gabhann!

    Greening the City
    Throughout the festival
    Free Event
    Where: Various Locations
    Time: From Dusk
    For more details see

    In celebration of Ireland’s national holiday, see buildings, venues and spaces across the city illuminate green for the Festival period. Be sure to take a stroll round Dublin, after the sun goes down to check out the city's most iconic buildings - they look even more impressive in green!

    Some of the Dublin city venues going green include:
    Mansion House
    Convention Centre 
    Christ Church Cathedral
    St. Patrick’s Cathedral
    Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
    Connolly Station 
    Heuston Station
    National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, D7
    National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare Street, D2
    National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion Street, D2
    Glasnevin Museum’s Daniel O’Connell Tower 
    Ulster Bank, George’s Quay 
    Ulster Bank, College Green
    Bank of Ireland, 2 College Green 
    The RDS
    Smock Alley Theatre
    Guinness Storehouse 

    And many more!

    For a full list of buildings going green see

    Waterworks Workshops
    Saturday 14th March
    Free Event
    Where: Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre, Grand Canal Quay, D2
    Tickets: FREE Ticketed event, register in advance on
    Times: 11pm - 5:00pm

    The Waterworks children's workshops will combine children’s theatre, participatory drama workshops and an arts and crafts session bringing our Waterways to life in a relaxed, fun environment.
    Children can enjoy one of two theatre shows outlined below, followed by storytelling, mask-making and a mix of activities based around water, such as body percussion, mime, improvisation, singing and much more. Come along and explore the magic of water!
    Each session includes one theatre show, one drama workshop and one craft workshop, which will be delivered by Galway-based theatre company Tegolin's Tales and Artist Tania Gray. Suitable for 4-11 year olds.



    The Greedy Wife and the Magic Fish


    Fionn McCumhail and The Dark Pool


    The Greedy Wife and the Magic Fish


    Fionn McCumhail and The Dark Pool


    Festival Films
    Sunday [email protected], The Race
    Sunday 15th @1pm, It Came From Connemara!!
    Tuesday 17th @ 4pm, Paddy
    Where: Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street , D.2
    Tickets: Varies from €4.80 - €14.40 (Family ticket)

    The Race, is a warm-hearted and humourous tale of 11-year-old Mary, who dreams of being a racing driver, despite the disapproval of her parents (played by Colm Meaney and Susan Lynch) and the local community. But Mary is determined to prove them all wrong, and build a kart and fulfil her dream.

    It Came From Connemara!! is the story of low-budget, B-movie maestro Roger Corman's film studio that was established in Connemara in the early ‘90s and the 20+ films he made there - films like Dangerous Curves, Spacejacked and Bloodfist VII – which may have offended cinephiles, but which employed hundreds of Irish crew, many of whom adored the experience. With unique access to Corman, his crew and his archive of Irish films, Brian Reddin’s feature documentary is a wryly affectionate and utterly enjoyable homage to the man and his oeuvre.
    Paddy, an early Irish venture from producer Roger Corman (subject of It Came from Connemara!!), is the tale of amorous Dublin butcher boy Paddy (Des Cave), who spends most of his time seducing women – including well-heeled widow (Maureen Toal) and sweet girl Maureen (Dearbhla Molloy) - and swilling pints in Mulligan's with his reprobate friend (Milo O'Shea). The screening will be introduced by Lee Dunne, writer of the notorius novel 'Goodbye to the Hill' from which the film was adapted.

    Maoinithe ag Foras na Gaeilge
    Clár ar fáil ag / Full Programme available at

    Siamsaíocht, ceol, caint agus greann gaelach do chách, ar fud na cathrach. Bígí linn i mbliana, ag céiliúradh scoth na Gaeilge le ceolchoirmeacha istigh agus amuigh faoin aer.
    Gaelspraoi brings you the best of Irish-language entertainment for all ages, including pop-up performances, family circus and concerts. Whether you have cúpla focal, or no focal at all, come celebrate the Irish language with us.

    Cirque du Gael @ An Lá Mór/ Big Day Out
    Dómhnach 15ú Márta/Sunday 15th March
    Áit/Location: Cearnóg Muirfean/Merrion Square, D. 2
    Am/Time: 12-6pm

    Gáirí mór, gealla ort. Bualigí isteach chuig Cirque du Gael, sorcas scléip is siamsaíocht gaelach ar An Lá Mór. Idir áilteoireacht áiféiseach, cleasaíocht cliste agus míreanna úrnua, cuirfear rachtanna gáirí oraibh, agus beidh deis agaibhs triall a bhaint as scileanna sorcais agus lámhcleasaíocht!
    Join the circus at Cirque du Gael at Festival Big Day Out! Awesome feats of clowning, acrobatics and juggling – and you get a chance to try out your own circus skills too!

    Club Fonn
    Domhnach 15ú Márta/Sunday 15th March
    Áit/Location: The Workmans Club, Wellington Quay, D2
    Am/Time: 8-11pm
    Saor in aisce/FREE event

    Club Oíche, Club Siamsaíochta, Club Fonn! Beidh bannaí agus ealaíontóirí gaelacha á chur i láthair, agus is deis iontach í seo bualadh le daoine trí Ghaeilge agus an chraic is fear sa chathair a bheith agaibh!
    Club míosúil nua is ea Club Fonn do Ghaeilgeoirí na Cathrach. Bíonn Raidió na Life ag tacú le Club Fonn agus ag taifeadadh ann gach oíche.
    Club Fonn & Radió na Life are putting on a special St. Patrick's Festival club night! With a wide selection of musicians performing a set fully in Irish, the music ranges from Indie to Hip-Hop to Sean Nós singing.
    Club Fonn is a Monthly club night for Irish speakers and those interested in improving their cúpla focal!

    City at Play: Funfairs
    Saturday 14th - Tuesday 17th March
    Where: Merrion Square D. 2 & Custom House Quay, D. 1
    Times: For full details visit
    Price: Varied

    From waltzers to family attractions to the carousel, there is something for everyone at the Funfairs.  Dare to be suspended upside down, turned over or whisked through the air.
    A firm festival favourite, that will light up the city with colourful carnival fairgrounds. Whether you are young or young at heart come along!

    Merrion Square Dates & Times:
    Saturday 14
    th March: 11am – 10pm
    Sunday 15
    th, Monday 16th, Tuesday 17th March: 11am – 8pm
    Custom House Quay Dates & Times:
    Saturday 14
    th March: 11am – 10pm
    Sunday 15
    th & Tuesday 17th March: 11am – 8pm

    Times and dates subject to change.

    Festival 5K Road Race
    Sunday 15th March
    Where: Starting on Dawson Street, D.2
    Time: 12pm
    Enter online at

    For the more energetic festival goers, take part in the annual Festival 5K Road Race! The course takes you through the heart of beautiful, Georgian Dublin and is suitable for families, fun runners and dedicated athletes.

    You can be assured of a lively atmosphere as street performers, face painters and musicians will be on hand to entertain, and spectators line the route to cheer you on.

    The race is part of the Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke’s 5 Alive Challenge and the city’s first citizen will be cheering all participants on.

    Walking Tour: In the Footsteps of St. Patrick
    Saturday 14th – Wednesday 18th March
    Where: Meet on corner of Suffolk & Andrew Street, D. 2 (beside converted church)
    Time: 11am* & 2.30pm
    Tickets: €14 (€12 senior/students)

    Renowned Dublin historian Pat Liddy uncovers the origins of the legacy of St. Patrick in this very special walking tour of Dublin city. This fascinating tour includes ancient sites of the city, the story of pre-Viking Dublin, and includes two of the great medieval cathedrals – Christ Church and St. Patrick's.
    Arrive 10 minutes before the tour is due to begin, price includes free entry into St. Patrick's Cathedral .
    *Except on 17th March when the tour runs only at 2:30pm

    Comedy: Best of Irish
    Saturday 14th March
    Where: The Laughter Lounge, Eden Quay, D.1
    Time: Doors at 7pm, show at 8:30pm
    Tickets: €25 from
    The hunt for the funniest person in Ireland is nearly over. On St. Patrick’s weekend The Laughter Lounge will bring together the ten best Irish stand-up comedians, for what promises to be a craicing final.
    There will be no Simon Cowell or celebrity judges for this show, as the winner will be decided by you the audience. Ireland needs you, this is one of the most important decisions that the country will ever have to make. Only people with a sense of humour should attend!

    Irish Boat Races
    Saturday 14th March
    Free Event
    Where: Starts at O’Connell Bridge
    Time of first race: 3:30pm

    The Gannon Cup Irish boat races take place on the River Liffey, between rivals University College Dublin (UCD) and Dublin University (Trinity College).
    The 2km rowing course, starts at O'Connell Bridge and travels past many of Dublin's landmarks on its way up the river, finishing at St. James's
    This is a unique chance to see two universities battle it out in a thrilling series of races.

    Irish Beer & Whiskey Festival
    Friday 13th – Tuesday 18th March
    Where: RDS, Ballsbridge, D. 4
    Friday: 5pm – 12.30am Saturday – Tuesday: 12.30pm – 12.30am
    Price: €10 entry*

    Running for its fourth year – the Irish Beer & Whiskey Festival is a true celebration of everything Irish – beer, cider, whiskey, food and entertainment!
    This festival is totally indoors so you don’t need to worry about the weather as you browse the stalls, enjoy a masterclass or two and soak up the festive atmosphere and live music. Come and celebrate St. Patrick’s Week 2015 with over 15,000 friends at the Irish Beer & Whiskey Festival.
    *Price includes live music, free souvenir glass and free half pint.

    Festival App & Photo Competition
    Get snapping this St. Patrick’s Festival!

    Download the St. Patrick’s Festival app to get all the information you need to enjoy the four days of festivities – see full event listings, watch a live feed of the parade, use our interactive map, and check out what we’re up to on Twitter and Facebook!
    See our Festival Photo Gallery and Photo Competition, be part of the St. Patrick’s festivities and share your best moments! Upload your own photos through the app and see them appear in the gallery. We’ll pick our top three, most creative photos, and the winners will be in with a chance to win One4all vouchers.