Today is Ireland’s national day, a worldwide opportunity to party with friends, and experience a Celtic night out.
On that occasion, we reached out to John-Paul, one of our Irish coaches living in Belfast. He shares his best tips to have the best Saint Patrick’s Day in the capital of Northern Ireland!
Hi John-Paul, can you introduce yourself to our readers?
Hello, my name is John-Paul and I live in Belfast. I’ve been back home now for 3 years after a long stint travelling around Europe. Some of the countries I stayed during my travels were: Italy, Portugal, Spain. I also went to Australia.
What to do on Saint Patrick’s Day in Belfast?
This weekend is St Patrick’s Day and it is going to be fantastic! Here are a few places you should check out:
First, Kelly Cellar’s, one of the oldest traditional Irish pub. You will find plenty of live music shows and typical Irish dances. This place was built in 1720 and has been able to keep its traditional Irish spirit for over 200 years.
If you are looking for a great craic*, you can also visit the Madden’s Bar: the perfect place to appreciate Irish music.
Head down the Ormeau road for a drink in the Hatfield Bar or cross the river and get yourselves up to the Pavilion for some Ska with an Irish twist.
If you get lost, you’ll surely find a bit of fun along the way.
Saint Patrick’s Day in Belfast is also famous for its parades. The Belfast St Patrick’s Day Parade leaves Belfast City Hall at 12PM and ends up in Custom House Square with live music all afternoon.
The Parade will be a great party filled with live music, alongside professional and amateur performers, costumed characters, musicians and dancers.
If you want an even better parade, you can go to Downpatrick’s traditional Cross-Community Carnival Parade. Downpatrick is where Saint Patrick was born. The choice is yours!
* Craic (kræk/ KRACK), or “crack”, is a term for news, gossip, fun, entertainment, and enjoyable conversation, particularly prominent in Ireland.
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