To say that Killarney goes green for the St Patrick’s Festival is quite an understatement and, even in the absence of a parade and a party this year, one wonderful tradition that will be maintained is that the town will leave all others green with envy.
Buildings, public and private, throughout the town and its surrounds light up the world by illuminating their properties in various and very fetching shades of green.
Landmark buildings, including St Mary’s Cathedral, the Franciscan Friary, St Mary’s Church of Ireland, Methodist Church, Ross Castle and Killarney Courthouse, all join in the fun as well as hotels, shops, restaurants, pubs and numerous other local buildings.
A public vote on social media is organised to establish Killarney’s Best Greened Building each year.
Shops windows will be decorated in green, locals will be clad in varying shades of the colour, from emerald to lime, and zany hats and colourful costumes are normally the order of the day.
Friday, March 13 -Tuesday, March 17: Family Fun Zone – Beech Road Car Park Lower. Check out the astonishing view from the Star Flyer Cruise, the Teacups Carousel and other magical fairground attractions that even The Greatest Showman himself would enjoy.
Saturday, March 14: Paddy’s Killarney House Park Run (9.30am). Run off all the excess of the national celebrations in an outdoor event in the wonderful Killarney House and Gardens. It’s suitable for everyone, including walkers. See www.parkrun.ie/killarney for details.
Tuesday, March 17: Paddy’s Party on Main Street. Pre-parade entertainment with Padraig Buckley and Killarney School of Music 12.45pm to 1.30pm.
Children’s Fun Zone (2pm to 6pm) Beech Road Car Park Lower. All the fun of the fair is there with Bouncy Castles, Slides, Interactive Children’s Games and Fun with A Time to Party, Face Painting, Balloon Modelling, Magic Shows, A Pirate Show, Kiddies Disco and so much more.
Ireland’s most popular singer-songwriter, the world renowned Christy Moore, will take to the stage at the Gleneagle INEC Arena for a sell-out performance on March 13 that will get everybody in the right frame of mind for the bumper festival.
The following night, March 14, it will be the wonderful Mary Black’s turn to entertain the masses at the same venue and that will be followed by a week of top quality music and song in Killarney with local, national and international acts lined up to entertain locals and visitors.
Aside of impromptu sessions that will break out everywhere, the musical highlights on the eve of St Patrick’s Day and the day itself include:
Monday, March 16
St Mary’s Church of Ireland (8pm).
Tuesday, March 17
Padraig Buckley and the Killarney School of Music
Main Street Stage (12.45pm to 1.30pm)
New Hampshire Police Pipe and Drum Band
ANAM Arts and Cultural Centre, East Avenue Road (12.30pm to 1.30pm)
Main Street Stage (3.30pm to 4.15pm)
Main Street Stage (4.15pm to 5.00pm)
St. Patrick’s Festival Killarney
c/o Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce,
2nd Floor, Tourist Information Office,
Beech Road, Killarney,
Co. Kerry, Ireland
Tel: +353 64 66 37928
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