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St. Patrick's Festival is Ireland's annual celebration of our national holiday, St. Patrick's Day. Its origins lie in honoring Ireland's patron saint, St. Patrick. Initially, it was a solemn commemorative feast day dedicated to paying tribute to the saint, but over the years, St. Patrick's Day has evolved into a vibrant celebration encompassing the richness of Irish culture. Today, St. Patrick's Festival is a joyful occasion marked by a range of parades, performances, and diverse expressions of Irish heritage; a multicultural international event that is committed to displaying contemporary and traditional arts, culture and heritage of the Irish people and the people who call Ireland home. It supports and develops street theatre in Ireland by supporting emerging talent and showcasing and promoting Irish street theatre and pageant communities. The festival consolidates and develops opportunities for young people and community groups to create and be involved in street arts, and creates opportunities for Irish people to see international street theatre. St. Patrick's Festival actively seeks opportunities to co-commission projects. Project ideas and proposals can be forwarded to the Festival for the attention of the Artistic Director

St Patrick's Festival TEAM

CEO Richard Tierney