With Irelands big day only less than a week away, off-licenses are stocking up on flaggins of cider, Ministers are boarding international flights and public houses across the country are preparing their buckets of soapy water to protect against the onslaught of boozed up nationals.
But what if you have decided to give up the devils juice for a short while or even if you are a tee-totaler. Nothing screams national pride like being thrown around by a crowd of drunks or forcefully engaging in inebriated conversations. Here are ten activities in Dublin that you can engage in this Paddys weekend that you don’t necessarily need to be drunk for.
1)Throughout the weekend the laughter lounge will be running a Father ted comedy show. The comedy show to rival all Irish comedy shows and while drink can enhance the hilarity of these events, a father ted show might just be comical either way.
2)Dublin is still reeling from the success of the Merrions square street performance championships and what could be more striking than these skilled acrobats. There will be performances within the city throughout the weekend at Powerscourt, Stephens green, Dame court and king street.
3)Merrions square on the other hand will actually be transformed into a fairground this weekend to bring out your inner child. And avoiding drink may also avoid a queasy aftermath from the roller coasters.
4)If you are fanatical about history however, you can take a walking tour in the name of the patron saint himself. The tours run from the discover Ireland centre twice daily at 11am and 2.30pm and once on monday at 2.30pm.
5)Or likewise you gain an insight into the history of Dublin through an art exhibition by the The Dublin Painting and Sketching Club. The best thing about it is that it is even free. It will be on display in the Dublin Assembly hall from 10-5 daily.
6)You can engage in a different type of saturday night by attending an enchanted banquet, immersed in folklore and culture. The event will take place in Earlsfort Terrace at 7pm.
7)You can attend a cinema with a difference, there will be a floating cinema at Dublins waterways. This event is also free however you might want to arrive early as seats are dispersed via a first come basis. This event will take place at 7.30pm on Sunday at the Grand canal dock.
8)You can put your stamina to the test at this year St.Patricks 5k road race. The event is also family friendly with a muppet inspired competition for the best costume.The race starts off from St.Stephens green at 11.59am on Sunday.
9)Afterwards you could also pop by Merrion square. The square is going all out this sunday with street performances, theatrics, workshops, open-air shows, music, SFI Discover Science Zone and an art zone. It will run from 12 till 6.
10)Lastly if you are a fan of ceili ceol, there will be a trad session at the national concert hall at 7.30 on monday night to round off this Patricks weekend.
Of course other major events include the many parades through out the country. Hopefully from street performance to trad sessions and from marathons to father ted, there will be lots to keep you occupied this bank holiday weekend.
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