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Nothing compares to Dublin on St. Patricks' Day.

The city comes to life with tourists flocking from around the globe to take part in our patriotic day.

However, the main attractions can be a bit overwhelming.

Whether you want to avoid the crowds, enjoy a more low-key day or even just want to do something a bit different, there's plenty of alternative things you can do.

Paddy's Night Comedy Show

Some of Ireland's top comedians will take to the 3Arena stage to raise funds for charity.

Tommy Tiernan, Pat Shortt, Jason Byrne, Deirdre O’Kane and Neil Delamere are just some of the lineup coming together in a bid to tackle homelessness and the refugee crisis.

St. Patrick's Day Walking Tour 

Why not take this year to learn more about the namesake of our national day?

In the Footsteps of St. Patrick is a walking tour that will take you to ancient sites, with Dublin historian Pat Liddy sharing the truth behind the legend of St. Patrick.


Take A Visit To Croke Park

There's a busy day of sport at Croke Park this St. Patrick's Day.

The AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final takes place at 15:45, with Corofin taking on Dr Crokes.

Also that afternoon Ballyhale Shamrocks face St Thomas in the AIB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final.

Dublin's Sober St. Patrick's Day Festival

If you want to wake up fresh this Bank Holiday Monday head to The Clockwork Door for their sober day of festivities.

The event promises live music, magic, games, movies and lots of food, with free tea, coffee, popcorn and snacks.

Chase A Leprechaun

Yes, really.

The Blackrock Leprechaun Chase is celebrating it's 5th year and has fun for all the family.

Storytelling, face-painting and trad sessions will be happening along with the main event, The Leprechaun chase.

Participants will chase the lucky leprechauns around the park on the hunt to find their pot of gold. Festive outfits are encouraged!

Take A Day Trip

If you really want to escape the madness why not take a day trip?

There are plenty of beautiful hikes within an hours drive of the city or why not check out one of the many day tours on offer.

A tour to Fermanagh's Stairway to Heaven departs Dublin at 7am on St. Patrick's Day, taking you to The Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail.

Stay In And Let It All Blow Over

There's no shame in staying in and enjoying the festivities from the comfort of your home.

You can curl up on the couch and enjoy the parade from 12:15pm on RTE One.

We won't judge.

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