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St Patrick’s Day parade grand marshal Annalise Murphy  in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

When President Michael D Higgins looked up from his grandstand seat on O’Connell Street as the Dublin St Patrick’s Day parade got under way, he might (...)

Getting ready for the parade: Charlie Jacob and Seán O’Sullivan of Spraoi Street Art Spectacle putting the finishing touches on arrangements for St Patrick’s Day, watched by Seán Leahy. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to throng the streets of cities and towns across the country for this year’s St Patrick’s Day parades(...)

Participants in the St Patrick’s Day parade in central London on Sunday. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Half a million people, including more than 100,000 overseas visitors, are expected to attend this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin. Though b(...)

Bright Light Studio Fermoy Dance School with Luxe dancing at the St Patrick’s Day parade in Cork City. Photograph: Clare Keogh

DUBLIN Many native Dubliners are ambivalent about the St Patrick’s Day parade. Many have seen it so many times before. Others associate(...)

Thousands lined the streets for Limerick’s St Patrick’s Day Parade. An Elvis lookalike was among those who participated in the festivities. Photograph: Alan Place/FusionShooters.

Giant buzzing bees, a 16-foot bear and plenty of lively performances from Limerick’s Filipino, Indian, Eastern European and African communities(...)

Pete O’Hanlon and Ross Farrelly of The Strypes performaning at IMMA  in Dublin in August. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

For Cavan teenage band The Strypes, 2013 has been a year that they hoped would never end. Twelve months ago, they were just another promising young ba(...)

The Strypes will perform at the New Year’s Eve concert in Dublin’s College Green along with Ryan Sheridan, MKS and headliners Madness. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dublin and Limerick will be the centrepiece locations for tomorrow night’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. The capital will hope to solidify its growing (...)