March/Márta 17: St Patrick's Day/La le Pádraig
St.Patrick's Day on the Dingle Peninsula
St.Patrick's Day is a national holiday and day of celebration when schools are closed and people gather for parades in their local town or village. The earliest parades in Ireland take place on the Dingle Peninsula. Baile na nGall/Ballydavid start with a midnight parade on St. Patrick's Eve and Dingle Town is next with a dawn parade.
There are more parades during the day in Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, Dingle, Castlegregory amd Castlemaine.
The parades are lighthearted and fun with everything from tractors to boats being dressed up for the occasion.
Dingle / Daingean Uí Chúis
Dingle’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations kick-start at the crack of dawn at 6am when Dingle’s Fife and Drum Band take to the streets in keeping with a long tradition which is usually supported by hundreds of enthusiastic followers
The band march from the Old Hospital, around the town, waking up young and old but also bringing a magical start to the day.
A 6:30am stop at St. Mary’s Church where Mass is offered by the local parish priest for the band who provide various tunes during the ceremony.
The morning session finishes around 7:30am at Ashmount Terrace with Amhrán na bhFiann.
The main St. Patrick's Day parade is scheduled to start at 12:45pm from Ashmount Terrace and follow the traditional route through the streets of the town. Passing through Goat Street, Main Street, The Mall, Bridge Street, Strand Street, turning at the Quay and returning to the Old Hospital via Green Street and Goat Street.
Ballyferriter / Baile an Fheirtéaraigh
The parade usually leaves from the car park of the new Comharchumann building at 11 am.
Castlegregory / Caisleán Ghriaire
The parade usually starts at 3pm from the Furniture Store on Stand Street in Castlegregory.
- Distance from Dingle Town: 0km