Monday 24 November 2014

No rain on our parades this St Patrick's Day

Published 12/03/2014 | 02:30

Eve (8) and Erin Kirby (9) join Dearbhla Lennon, former principal dancer with ‘Riverdance’, to promote the St Patrick's Festival Ceili on March 14. Frank McGrath
Mary Burns, Chelsea Tabert and Katy Byrne enjoy ice-cream weather in Salthill, Co Galway. Joe Travers.

GET ready for a break with tradition this Saint Patrick's weekend.

Instead of gloomy rain showers and blustery winds, Saint Patrick's Day revellers will be met with dry, mild weather and sunny spells.

According to Met Eireann, the crisp spring weather should last the duration of the bank holiday weekend, which will lead to a boost in the numbers attending outdoor events.

"The weather should hold dry over the weekend," Met Eireann forecaster Joan Blackburn told the Irish Independent.

"There will be a good bit of cloud on Sunday and Monday with some sunny spells breaking through.

"There could be some rainfall but it should remain mild and relatively dry for the majority of the weekend."

Friday and Saturday will be overcast with temperatures rising to 12 degrees on Saturday, with a few scattered showers in Ulster and Connacht.

On Sunday, mild weather will be widespread across the country, and Met Eireann is confident the clement weather will continue over the bank holiday Monday. This will come as good news for those intending on making the most of the Saint Patrick's Day festivities, which kick off on Friday, March 14.

Travel agents are reporting a 50pc increase in overseas bookings compared to 2013, with 66pc of tourists travelling to Dublin to take part in the four-day Saint Patrick's Day Festival.

On Friday, former 'Riverdance' star Dearbhla Lennon will lead a Monster Ceili from 4.30pm – 7.30pm in St Stephen's Green.

Last year, over 7,000 people participated in the event and Lennon is confident there will be a strong turn out once again.

"Once people start dancing the smiles break out. It's a really fun event – you don't need any experience. Just come along and enjoy yourself," she said.

International Irish dancing champions Niamh O'Brian and Tomas O Se will showcase their fancy footwork while Ceili Callers will lead the audience through traditional Irish dances including 'The Siege of Ennis'.

Over the weekend, landmarks such as Trinity College Dublin, The GPO, Christ Church Cathedral and the Custom House will be lit up with green spotlights as they 'go green'.

BANQUET

Other events include the five-course feast 'The Enchanted Banquet' taking place in Earlsfort Terrace on Saturday 15 and the 'Floating Cinema' in Grand Canal Dock on Sunday evening, which will screen 1998 film 'Waking Ned'.

The traditional St Patrick's Day parade will take place through Dublin city centre next Monday.

Irish Independent

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