A cultural St Patrick's day guide
An alternative to the often drink-fuelled day can be enjoyed with this cultural treat
Kicking off last year’s Kilkenny Tradfest: Dervish, Dónal Lunny, Sharon Shannon, Phil Coulter and more are in town for this year’s festival. Photograph: Evelyn McNamara
15/1/2014. - WEEKEND -Pat Liddy, local historian and tour guide on O'Connell Street, Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times
You didn’t get a float ready in time; you’ve had your fill of vintage cars and floral tractors; green doesn’t suit you or crowds don’t agree with you. Whatever the excuse, it doesn’t mean you should stay in over St Patrick’s weekend. Every town has a parade, but plenty of other happenings are taking place that celebrate Irish culture, creativity and community – what national pride is really about.
Jape at the RHA
Richie Egan, along with Glenn Keating and Ross Turner, headline the St Patrick’s cultural programme in Dublin. Hear their crafted lyrics and electronic rhythms, in one of Dublin’s best galleries, the Royal Hibernian Academy. Friday, 7.30pm.
One City, Many Cultures
Ease your way into the weekend at the National Gallery with Milk and Cookie Stories. They’ve been at the helm of Dublin storytelling for years, mixing home-baked treats with home-spun yarns. Themed One City, Many Cultures, stories about Dublin as a multicultural place will be shared. Participation is encouraged but not mandatory. Free. Friday, 7pm.
Footsteps of St Patrick
Get your staff out, put your sandals on and follow in the footsteps of Ireland’s patron saint. Much of the pre-Viking development of Dublin owed its origins to the legacy of St Patrick and this walking tour, led by historian and author Pat Liddy, seeks to uncover some of this history. At 11am and 2.30pm, Thursday-Sunday, and Tuesday; 2.30pm, Monday. From outside Discover Ireland Centre, Suffolk Street.
If you fancy swapping your shamrock for a red nose, clown expert Raymond Keane of Barabbas Theatre is facilitating a two-hour workshop examining the world of one of our literary greats, Samuel Beckett. Using the mask of the four temperaments, or four humours, Beckett’s love of slapstick comedy (Krapp’s bananas?) and his dark sense of humour will be explored through the human body. Saturday, 11am and 2pm, The Warehouse, 32 Mill Street, Dublin 8.
The Enchanted Banquet
This evening of food, music and performance by Hunt&Gather features some lesser-known Irish fables, fairy tales and folklore. Within the empty halls of Earlsfort Terrace, a mystic menu is promised for the five-course banquet. With entertainment by the Petty Cash collective, this looks like a sensory celebration with myth-making potential of its own. Saturday, 7pm.
A floating cinema will screen Waking Ned , in the heart of Dublin’s waterways at the lively Grand Canal area. It stars Ian Bannen, David Kelly and Fionnula Flanagan and more. Bring your thermals, and possibly a cushion. Sunday, 7.30pm.
Offset & Souvenir design trail
Creative instigators Offset are teaming up with Souvenir to bring you a 100-minute art trail across Dublin, featuring posters inspired by the question of, Home: coming or going? Ten artists are partaking and 30 prints will be sold for €10 each within the 100 minutes. Culinary treats served along the way are courtesy of Gruel Guerilla. Starts at Clement and Pekoe, South William Street, Sunday 3pm.