Ireland - St Patrick's

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21. Posted by SeeTheSky (Full Member 558 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

yeah lorcan when i was in galway i met a bunch of students, i was so damn jealous, how hard would it be for an american to enroll in college there? That place is so damn cool.

22. Posted by Neeta (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey guys,
Well I'm a Galway girl so definately biased, but yes Galway is a great choice for Paddy's Day. Not too sure bout that "its on the 15th this year" craic though....if that's what's been decided fair enough but you can take for granted people will take no notice and celebrate on the 17th as per usual

About the Dub to Galw journey its only about 3 and half hours on the bus direct from Dub airport, and is fairly cheap. If you are not into that I would recommend flying(check out -if you book in advance it can be cheaper than the train. Also, the train hikes their prices on Fridays and Bank Hol wends, be careful!
Good place to stay in Galway is Sleepzone hostel or any B&B on college road (5mins to Eyre Square). Book in advance!

You can take day tours to Cliffs of Moher( you pass the Burren on the way) or Aran Islands from Galway too. Both well worth a look
Hope this helps ;)

23. Posted by daviddelan (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

to best enjoy the St Patrick's Festivities, it would be recommended to avoid Dublin.
although it features the biggest parade, it also stages the messiest, drunkest street parties one will ever witness, eventually leading to drunken antics all over the capital city.
Accommodation is at a premium, and more than likely booked out, months in advance.

Galway is a great option. A small(ish) city with an authentic college/artistic vibe to it.

Another option, that is always overlooked, is Dingle in Co. Kerry
Home to one of the oldest parades in the world, in one of the most berautiful settings you will ever come across.
the dingle peninsula is breathtaking, and you will come across the irish-speaking "Gaeltacht" areas too.

Hope you enjoy visit to our country!!

24. Posted by peeps (Full Member 114 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Galways great for Paddys day but i wouldent write off dublin so quickly. on the main day it is too manic but its a festival weekend now with lots of stuff going on from the thurs to the mon.
check out
and see whats planned.
the fireworks display is usually good, although last year it got canceled because of extreme winds.