Dublin, 15th March 2016: St. Patrick made his eagerly awaited arrival in Dublin this morning, climbing the steps of the capital’s iconic Mansion House. The Patron Saint was welcomed by Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath /Lord Mayor of Dublin, Críona Ní Dhálaigh to her residence on Dawson Street. This year’s Festival celebrations officially begin on Thursday 17th March and are filled with unmissable events that run over four days and nights until the 20th March.
Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath Críona Ní Dhálaigh, who welcomed St. Patrick, said, “It is my pleasure to welcome St. Patrick here to Teach an Ardmhéara (The Mansion House) here in Dublin. The official residence of the Lord Mayor for over 300 years, the Mansion House has welcomed many local and international dignitaries and St. Patrick is very welcome to join their ranks. I hope St. Patrick enjoys the great range of events on offer over this Festival weekend and that the people of Dublin come out to join him in celebrating our National Day. Guím Lá Fhéile Phádraig daoibh agus tá súil agam go mbainfidh sibh sult.”
Concluding the Festival’s three year thematic journey of ‘Past, Present and Future’, this year’s parade theme ‘Imagine if…’ is inspired by the imagination of the youth of Ireland as they look to the future…the next 100 years. Ireland’s leading pageant companies have responded artistically and will bring these thoughts and ideas to life with spectacular pageantry and performance.
St. Patrick’s Festival will get underway on Thursday, 17th March with the Festival parade, followed by other events such as Gaelstage, Festival Céilí, Festival Treasure Hunt, Donovan’s 50 Years of Music Tour, and Festival Big Day Out.