Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2021 virtually with these exciting events

by Amy Rohu

While this year is certainly different, we can still celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year from the comfort of our own home. There is plenty to do online and you are sure to find something to interest you. So pop on your favourite green jumper and lets celebrate the most Irish day of the year with one of these fun ideas.

First up it’s the St. Patrick’s Day Festival. While this is usually held under different circumstances, this year a whole week of events is being held online.

The theme of this year’s festival is Dúisigh Éire! Awaken Ireland! and they want to encourage us to all ‘throw off the long dark months and rise to embrace the brighter days ahead’.

Info on all their events is available on their website here and you can also stream the events on Oireachtas TV, a channel on all TV platforms, so you can watch the festivities from your sofa.

There is everything from music, dance, art and stories from some well known faces, there really is something for everyone to watch. Check out the full programme of events here.

The RTE Virtual Parade is back this year and expects to be bigger than ever. People all over the world will be sharing their home-parade and social media is expected to turn into a vibrant spectacle of costumes and make-up.

Last year the virtual parade was the #1 trending hashtag on Twitter with over 1,300,000 views around the world. So get creative, get your kids involved and share your photos with the hashtag #RTEVirtualParade. You might even win some prizes!

Everyone’s favourite station ‘Christmas FM’ is back for one day only this week, to celebrate all things Irish. Join them this St. Patrick’s Day to listen to their pop-up radio show ‘This Is Ireland’. The station will run with live presenters from 6am – 6am on the 17th. You can also contact them and send in a message for a loved one either at home or abroad. For more information and how to listen in, head to their website here.

For the adults, there is a very unique event happening from the people at Alternative Dublin. Their ‘Drink and Draw Ireland’ events were gaining huge popularity and selling out before the pandemic began. So, to adapt to the current restrictions they have had to try some virtual versions and these have already been a success. Join them tomorrow night for their ‘Paint a Pint of Guinness’ event where you will be guided to paint a picture of the famous black stuff and might even win a prize too.

It couldn’t be easier as no experience is required and they will even supply you with a template. While the event is free, a small donation is appreciated and would ensure this small business can keep up with their events online for the foreseeable. Head over to their website here to book your place now as spaces are limited to 100 and this is sure to sell out.

Finally after a full day of celebrating, you need a night off cooking. Harvey’s Dublin based in Dundrum Town Centre are offering a delicious St. Patrick’s Day menu for two which includes a full Irish breakfast for the next morning. The menu which comes with three courses, is priced at €50 and includes decadent options like ‘sticky toffee pudding with Guinness sauce’ and each main comes with triple cooked chips, Tsatziki and flatbreads for two. The menu will be running until Saturday so if you miss out tomorrow then you have another few days to treat yourself. To order email bookings.hndublin@atalianworld.com.

Whatever virtual event you decide to do tomorrow, remember to keep safe and enjoy the day. From everyone at The Dublin Gazette, Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit!

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