Up To 30,000 Expected To Land...


Up To 30,000 Expected To Land In Dublin For St. Patrick's Weekend

Tom Douglas
Tom Douglas

03:18 30 Jan 2023

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Around 30,000 people from across the globe are expected to travel to Dublin for this year's St.Patrick's Day celebrations.

The theme for this year's three-day festival 'Mar a chéile sinn' (we are one) was revealed at Collins' Barracks today.

Welcoming Message

Minister for Arts, Tourism and Culture Catherine Martin, announcing the theme of this year’s St.Patrick’s Celebrations in Dublin.

"The theme is about inclusivity, I suppose there's no better time than St. Patrick's Day for that welcoming message."

The programme for this year’s three-day festival was launched in Collins Barracks today.

It's the first year it'll be held since Covid travel restrictions were lifted, and the weekend will coincide with Ireland VS England in the Rugby Six Nations.

Richard Tierney, CEO, St. Patrick’s Festivals gives a flavour of what’s in store

"One will be the parade on St. Patrick's Day, we will have a festival quarter in Collin's Barracks and we'll have a citywide programme running for the three days."

Head of Festivals with Fáilte Ireland Ciara Sugrue says the weekend will be huge for the local economy.

"Approximately 25,000 to 30,000 people will come in over the weekend."

Ciara estimates it's worth €50 million to Dublin's economy.

Minister Catherine Martin told reporters she’s conscious many hotels that are currently accommodating refugees ‘might return to the tourism market’ ahead of March 17th.

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