With all the tourists and locals flocking into the city centre, St Patrick’s Day in Dublin can be a cacophonous, overwhelming experience. All that noise just isn’t for everybody, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of other ways to enjoy yourself during the national holiday. This year stray away from the rowdy mob and experience a quieter, yet no less entertaining, Paddy’s weekend…
Home by The High Hopes Community Choir
How does an evening of diverse performances grab you? Ireland’s first homeless choir once again comes together for a show focusing on the theme of home where music, theatre, spoken word, visual art and poetry all come together. Tickets for Home by The High Hopes Community Choir are €10 and the event will take place at 8pm, March 16th in The Complex, Smithfield.
Paddy’s Night in Support of Comic Relief
Is there a better way to spend Paddy’s Night other than with an all star comedic lineup at the Three Arena? In support of Comic Relief this gig will include top names such as Tommy Tiernan, Deirdre O’Kane, Alison Spittle, PJ Gallagher, Ardal O’Hanlon, Andrew Maxwell, and many many more. Last year’s show sold out so we don’t anticipate tickets to remain for much longer. Tickets are €45 (excluding booking fees) and proceeds go to Comic Relief so you’re not only going to have an epic evening, you’ll also be supporting a really good cause too!
Look Back in Anger
First released in 1950s England, this groundbreaking play explores themes of sex, class and marriage. The story follows a rebellious young man who’s married to an upper-middle class woman and examines the societal pressures which shape their lives. Tickets for Look Back In Anger go from €25 and the show runs until March 24.
The Legend of Luke Kelly
What better way to celebrate Irishness than by witnessing a tribute to one of our country’s greatest musicians? Balladeer Chris Kavanagh and guests celebrate the work of Luke Kelly and the Dubliners in a show that’s proved so popular that it’s now in its 15th year. Tickets for The Legend Of Luke Kelly are €30 and it takes place at 7.30pm, March 17 on Vicar Street.
Irish Craft Beer & Spirit Festival
Here’s where to go if you’d like to add a touch of sophistication to your Paddy’s weekend drinking. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, this festival aims to celebrate homegrown companies who produce gin, whiskeys, craft beers and non-alcoholic drinks — all of which will be served from 26 pop-ups and stands that will be set up around the venue. Entry to the Irish Craft Beer and Spirits Festival is free and the event will begin at 12pm, March 18 in House, Leeson Street.
You might be in the market for an utterly different experience, in which case an Italian opera could be just the thing you need. Set in Rome during the period of Italian history when Napoleon’s soldiers were welcomed as liberators against Austrian rule, this is an epic tale of political intrigue, jealousy and rage. Tickets for TOSCA go from €10 and the show runs until Sunday, March 18 at The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.
Where We Live: WERKhouse
If you like some variety in your entertainment, you might like to try something that promises to be a “performance sweatshop, literary frenzy and centre for outrageous investigation”. The extravaganza boasts a programme of commissioned theatre pieces, work-in progress showings, live art and an exhibition all grappling with what it’s like to live in Dublin and Ireland in 2018. Tickets for Where We Live: WERKhouse are €15 and the event will take place at 7.30pm, March 17 in The Complex, Smithfield.
Guinness Supper Club
Can you get any more Irish other than celebrating Paddy’s weekend at The Guinness Storehouse? The Guinness Supper is a one-off series which will see a collaboration between The Guinness Storehouse and Ian Doyle, an internationally acclaimed Irish chef. The menu will feature the crème de la crème of Irish meat and seafood along with some seriously good beers and live music. Taking place in the prestigious Gravity Bar, you can overlook the city whilst raising your glasses and toasting to a spectacular evening. There will be two suppers in total on the 15th & 16th of March at 8pm, tickets are €75 via Guinness Storehouse.