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St Patrick's Day Parade 2019: All You Need To Know

Ciaran O'Connor
Ciaran O'Connor

02:19 14 Mar 2019

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St Patrick's Day Parade 2019

With hundreds of thousands of travellers from all over Ireland and the world set to decent on Dublin this weekend, we have all you need to know ahead of this years St Patrick's Day Parade.

St Patrick's Festivities have already started, with a week of events kicking off today.

Everything wraps up on Sunday with the second biggest St Patrick's Day Parade in the world.


It all kicks off at 12 noon on 17th March.

It is strongly advisable to be at the parade route before 10:00 on the day. The route gets crowded fast and the best spots will be gone well before noon

Watch At Home:

If you don't fancy leaving the comfort of your own home, you can watch the Parade on RTE 1 on Sunday from 12:15 when coverage begins.

You can also watch around the world on the RTE Player.

Parade Route:

If you'd prefer to watch the  St Patrick's Day Parade, from the streets of Dublin:

The route starts at Parnell Square on the Northside, then continues down O'Connell Street

Crossing over the River Liffey via O'Connell Bridge, into Westmoreland Street

It swings right past Trinity College at College Green and continues onto Dame Street.

It then turns left at Christchurch Cathedral into Lord Edward Street, Nicholas Street and Patrick Street before finally finishing at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

See the below map.

St Patrick's Day Parade

Road Closures:

The parade takes off from Parnell Square and makes its way through O’Connell St, around College Green, up Dame St to Christchurch and down the appropriately named Patrick St to finish on Cuffe St.

Streets around the route will be closed from early morning until 6pm, so plan your route in advance

Western Way will close from 7PM on Saturday 16th March 2019 to 3PM on Sunday 17th March 2019.

The following roads will close to traffic from 4:30AM to 6PM on Sunday 17th March 2019.

  • Mountjoy Street, Mountjoy Street Middle, Palmerstown Place, Wellington Street, Street Mary’s Place
  • North, Granby Row, Parnell Square North, Parnell Square East, Cavendish Row, O’Connell Street
  • Upper & Lower, O’Connell Bridge, Westmoreland Street, College Green, Dame Street, Lord Edward
  • Street, Christchurch Place Nicholas Street, Patrick Street, New Street South, Clanbrassil Street
  • Lower, Kevin Street Upper, Kevin Street Lower, Cuffe Street and St Stephens Green South

A traffic management plan will also be in place during the above hours.

  • Traffic on Arran Quay travelling north and east will be diverted via Church St, Constitution Hill, North Circular Rd, Portland Row and Amiens Street.
  • Traffic on North Wall Quay travelling south will be diverted via City Quay Lombard Street, Westland Row, Merrion Square North, Mount Street Lower
  • Traffic on North Wall Quay travelling west will be diverted via George’s Quay Beresford Place, Gardiner Street, North Circular Road, Infirmary Road, Parkgate Street.

See full list of road closures here.


It's been advised to take public transport to and from Dublin city on Sunday - see below.

Dublin City pay & display parking is free on Sundays, but there will be certain parking restrictions in place. See the full list of parking suspensions here.

Parkrite have a €7 offer for St Patrick's Day Parade in the Convention Centre car park, the IFSC car park and Smithfield car park.


Plan your journey on train, tram, bus, coach or taxi journey with

You can check routes, times and fares, get real time information and download the app on the website.


Services will be running to and from the festival on both the Green Line and the Red Line throughout the day.

Green Line

The following changes to service facilitate the St. Patrick’s Day parade from 07:00:

  • Service to/from Brides Glen and St. Stephen’s Green
  • Service to/from Broombridge and Dominick

The following City Centre Stops will be closed:

Dawson, Westmoreland, O’Connell – GPO, O’Connell Upper, Parnell, Marlborough and Trinity.

Normal service resumes from 18:00 approx.

Red Line

The following changes to service facilitate the St. Patrick’s Day parade from 10:45:

  • Service to/from Tallaght and Smithfield
  • Service to/from Saggart and Smithfield

The following City Centre Stops will be closed:

Four Courts, Jervis, Abbey Street, Busáras, Connolly, George’s Dock,
Mayor Square – NCI, Spencer Dock and The Point.

Normal service resumes from 15:00 approx.

Monday 18 March 2019

On Bank Holiday Monday 18th March, a Sunday service will run on the Green Line and Red Line.

Dublin Bus

Due to the St. Patrick's Festival there will be a number of diversions in place on Friday 15, Saturday 16, Sunday 17 and Monday 18 March 2019.

A full Nitelink service will operate on Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March 2019. There will be no Nitelink service on Monday 18 March 2019.

St. Patrick's Day
A Sunday Timetable will operate on all routes on St. Patrick's Day.

Monday 18 March 2019
A Sunday Timetable will operate on all routes.

For further details of diversions please click here.

Dublin Bikes

To facilitate the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and festival in Dublin, a number of Just Eat dublinbikes stations will be closed, or service will be restricted, for periods between Friday, 15th and Tuesday, 19th March.

Click here for full details.


A Sunday service will run on all Dart services with extra services operating before and after the St. Patricks Day parade.

Customers are advised that Tara Street Station is closed until 4PM on St Patrick's Day to aid in the Garda crowd management plan for the parade.

Customers should alternatively use Connolly or Pearse Stations instead to get to the parade and festivities

Get more here.


According to Met Eireanns forecast, St. Patrick's Day will be a cold, breezy day, with sunny spells and scattered showers.

Maximum temperatures of 7 to 10 Celsius, in moderate to fresh northwesterly winds.

Sunday night will be mainly dry, but cold, with a slight frost.

Minimum temperatures of. 1 to 4 C.

Enjoy the St Patrick's Day Parade and keep up to date here: @98FM on Twitter

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