Ireland’s first St Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 6am early today in Dingle – but aficionados celebrating wearing green for three years will be partying in the early hours of Sunday morning as a fourth-day national celebration.
Ireland’s last St Patrick’s Day parades were held in 2019 – and hundreds of thousands will take to the streets today in Ireland to celebrate the patron saint, the richness of Irish cultural life and the precious return of normal social life after the closure of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dingle is proud to maintain Ireland’s tradition of hosting the first St. Patrick’s Day parade as the band Fife & Drum lead the marchers around town center from 6am before concluding at St Mary’s Church.
The tradition goes back decades in the western town of Kerry – but for the lazy, a parade a second later is also held at lunchtime.
Cork is hosting a four-day St Patrick’s Festival with Blood Bike South hosting honorary grand marshals this year.
Fáilte Ireland festival director Ciara Sugrue said it was a dream come true to see St. Patrick’s Day parades and festivities return nationwide.
“It’s great to see St Patrick’s celebrations return – festivals and events play a vital role in providing a great visitor experience and increasing footfall for businesses,” she said. localities, supporting jobs and generating revenue”.
“We like to see Ireland as the ‘place’ to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and with an array of great entertainment, the St. Patrick’s Cork Festival showcases the best of the city.”
Major Kerry parades are also being held in Kenmare, Killarney and Tralee.
The Cork parade will boast Massachusetts State Police, members of the Philadelphia Irish Trad Tours, who will be led by traditional folk singer-songwriter Donie Carroll and the Ball Club. Bixby oval from Oklahoma.
The St Patrick’s Day Parade in Cork will be attended by more than 2500 local communities.
The Mayor of Cork, Councilor Colm Kelleher will be joined by members of the Community of Ukraine.
The Polish community support group, Together Razem, invited people in Cork from several Eastern European countries to march with them under the solidarity banner – Together4Ukraine, to show their support for the people of Ukraine.
There will also be a special St Patrick’s Weekend outdoor market at Nano Nagle Place.
Weekend markets bring a wonderful mix of local arts, crafts and design – from decorative ceramics and landscape paintings to cushions, hand-poured candles and air plants for your home.
There will be live music on the top square from 13:30 to 15:30 throughout the weekend.
On Saturday there will be traditional Irish music with Strings and Things while Sunday there will be Fresh Air Collective which will play tangos, waltzes, rags and klezmer, gypsy jazz tunes and more.
Children can also enjoy the Saints and Shamrocks Trail around the museum and gardens from March 17 to 20.
In Fermoy, the 37th annual parade will honor inspirational local woman and retired teacher Hazel Baylor, who used her vehicle as a community ambulance in the north region. Cork and he, during the polio epidemic of the 1950s, cycled around the area to provide home tuition for youth who could not attend school.
Waterford aims to cement its links with the man who inspired the whole idea of St Patrick’s Day to honor Ireland’s patron saint.
At the entrance to Greyfriar Church in Waterford City is a sculpture of the famous Franciscan monk, theologian and historian, Luke Wadding.
Wadding is the one who succeeded, against all odds, when there St. Patrick’s Day recognized as a major Church holiday and, of course, it later became a worldwide celebration.
Born in Waterford in 1588 and ordained a Franciscan priest in 1613, he quickly became one of the most respected and famous Franciscan theologians working in continental Europe, mainly in Rome, where he founded an Irish college for clerical students studying for the priesthood.
It is believed that after establishing his reputation in Rome, the Pope himself asked Wadding for help in creating a comprehensive calendar of saints in the Church.
Wadding took his duty seriously but thanks to his patriotism, along with all the famous saints like Anthony and Francis, Wadding sneaked into another, slightly less educated Irish saint – Patrick.
March 17 has been regarded by the Irish as Saint Patrick’s Day since the tenth century but it was only when Wadding introduced the church’s sanction that it became a colossal spectacle of parades and carnivals.
During St Patrick’s Week 2022, Luke Wadding’s historic walking tour in Waterford is guided at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm and will be led by expert guides from the Museum Waterford Treasure.
In Wexford, every ‘Patrick’ and ‘Patricia’ get free tours of one of Ireland’s top tourist attractions, the Hook Lighthouse.
The Medieval Lighthouse is celebrating all that is uniquely Irish from the green theme at the cafe and celebrations of Paddy’s, Patrick’s, Pat’s and Patricia’s plus there will be Snake Hunt at 2pm and 3 pm on the lawn of the lighthouse.
Purpose-built as a lighthouse 800 years ago and still fully operational today, it is the oldest intact Lighthouse in the world.
Limerick will once again combine the St Patrick’s Day parade and carnival with the Limerick International Band Championships attracting bands from around the world.
Fittingly, the theme of the Limerick parade in 2022 is ‘Belonging and Identity’ – with a range of family-friendly events from street music to treasure hunts.
To celebrate their historic all-Ireland hurdles title, members of Limerick’s senior hurdles management board as Grand Marshals marched this year – and they’ll be joined by a very special guest. in particular, the Liam MacCarthy Cup.
About 250 people will march alone in the Limerick GAA team.
Patrick’s Day parades will also take place throughout Tipperary.
Tipperary Town’s parade organizers have asked people not only to wear the colors of Ireland, but also to consider wearing Ukraine’s colors as an expression of solidarity with the country devastated by an invasion of Russia.
“We want this event to showcase not only our culture but our support for the Ukrainian people and we hope that the flags will fly in support of our besieged country.” Our Tipperary colors are very similar to those of Ukraine so this is an opportunity for all of us to show that support,” explained organizer Joe Hayes.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/irelands-first-st-patricks-day-parade-began-at-the-early-hour-of-6am-in-dingle-41456877.html Ireland’s first St Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 6am in Dingle