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The internationally renowned Strange Fruit from Melbourne rehearse their performance of 'Spheres' for the start of the Saint Patrick's festival in Dublin Photo by: Niall Carson/PA Wire

What’s going on in Ireland in March - St Patrick’s Day events, music, festivals, and more

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The internationally renowned Strange Fruit from Melbourne rehearse their performance of 'Spheres' for the start of the Saint Patrick's festival in Dublin Photo by: Niall Carson/PA Wire

From St. Patrick’s Day, to the historic Titanic anniversary, literary festivals and hill walks March in Ireland is hectic.

We’ve put together a list of the top sporting, cultural and fun events taking place around the country.

01 Feb 2012 - 21 Mar 2012
Celtic Tales Storytelling Sessions, Galway City


The mesmerising Celtic Tales storytelling sessions are returning for a sixth season to The Cottage Bar, Lower Salthill in Galway.. The sessions will take place every Wednesday night from the 1st February-21st March.

27 Feb 2012 - 04 Mar 2012
Corofin Trad Festival, Corofin, Clare

This traditional music festival in Clare will feature workshops, classes and concerts.

01 Mar 2012 - 31 Mar 2012
March at Siamsa Tíre, Tralee, Kerry

Siamsa Tíre, National Folk Theatre & Arts Centre hosts and produces a wide range of arts and entertainment events throughout the year. Check out the array of programs they have running for the month of March.

02 Mar 2012 - 04 Mar 2012
The Táin Walking Festival, Carlingford, Louth

The Táin Walking Festival is a popular event located in Carlingford & The Cooley Peninsula, only one hour from Dublin. Easy, moderate and difficult graded walks are offered with experienced guides.

9 Mar 2012 (various dates)
Six Nations Championship: Ireland


Ireland play their Six Nations rugby union internationals at the Aviva Stadium. They will be hoping to continue the decent form that they showed at New Zealand's Rugby World Cup in their home country.

09 Mar 2012 - 11 Mar 2012
1848 Tri Colour Celebration, Waterford City, Waterford

The 1848 Tricolour Celebration marks the conception and unveiling of the Irish Tricolour Flag by Thomas Francis Meagher in 1848 at 33 The Mall, Waterford City. The programme of events gives Irish people everywhere a platform to celebrate lasting peace on this island, captured in the colours of ‘An Bhratach Náisinta.’ the national flag.

09 Mar 2012 - 17 Mar 2012
Trim Celtic Festival, Trim, Meath

A Celtic festival in Meath for all people, young and old.

9 -17 Mar 2012
St Patrick's Festival in Downpatrick, Down

Ireland's patron saint, Patrick, is honoured with reverence in Downpatrick, as the saint is buried at the cathedral. This nine day programme of events culminates with the St Patrick’s Cross-Community Carnival Parade in Downpatrick.

11 Mar 2012
Walk Waterford - Railway Line Walk, Dungarvan, Waterford

This is one Dungarvan gems, a green route that follows the old railway line. This walk is suitable for families and leisure walkers with a distance of 1. 3.50km and allotted time of 45 minutes.

12-15 Mar 2012
Celtfest at University College Cork

Celtfest, a festival of Celtic music, song, dance, and culture, is held annually in Áras na Mac Léinn (The Student Centre) at University College Cork.

14 - 18 Mar 2012
West Coast Cooler Fashion Week, Belfast

Celebrating Spring/Summer 2012’s key trends including pastels, sports luxe and shimmer, the programme includes five days of catwalk shows, master classes, the Culloden’s Fashion Teas and the popular Style Sunday event - and it promises to have something to suit fashion fans of all ages and tastes.

14 Mar 2012 - 18 Mar 2012
Free Spirit Music Festival, Glengarriff, Cork

A weekend of fun, music and general frivolity to welcome the Spring and start the season off with a bang in Cork!

15 Mar 2012 - 18 Mar 2012
Dingle International Film Festival, Dingle, Kerry

Ranking as one of the best film festivals for content, atmosphere, location & attention to detail, DIFF offers unique screening experiences with stars & talent attending seminars & workshops along with free family screenings.

16 Mar 2012 - 18 Mar 2012
Limerick St. Patrick's Festival, Limerick City, Limerick

Limerick's St. Patrick's Festival will include the giant St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday 17th March and on the following day the 42nd International Band Championship will take place.

16 Mar 2012 - 18 Mar 2012
Wicklow St. Patrick's Day Parade, Wicklow

The Wicklow Town St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off at 3pm and is made up of over 100 floats, Piped Traditional Bands, Modern & Traditional Music, Cultural & Arts schools.

16 Mar 2012 - 18 Mar 2012
Connemara Four Seasons Walking Festival - Spring

A walking festival aimed at all levels of walkers. Weekend includes pre-walks presentation by guides and two days walking in Connemara, with emphasis on archaeological and heritage sites.

Read more: Visit IrishCentral's special St. Patrick's Day section for more stories

16 - 19 March 2012
St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Dublin

Transforming St. Patrick’s Day in to a multi-day event, the annual Festival looks to improve the perception of the Irish holiday through music, dance, the arts and, of course, the annual Dublin parade.

16-18 Mar 2012
Cork St Patrick's Festival

Cork celebrates St Patrick's Day with three days of musical performances, street theatre, pageantry and special events for children. This festival features a food market, live music and free family entertainment all day from 10am to 6pm in Cork City.

17 Mar 2012
St Patrick's Day Carnival and Concert - Belfast

Belfast celebrates St Patrick's Day with a parade, a carnival and a concert at Custom Square House. This year’s theme honors the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, and the London summer Olympics...

17 Mar 2012
All Ireland Club Championship Final - Croke Park, Dublin


Dublin's Croke Park hosts the finals of the Hurling and Football Club Championships on St Patrick's Day. Ireland's best Gaelic football and hurling clubs compete for the coveted All-Ireland championship title.

17-19 Mar 2012
Mind Body Spirit Festival

The Royal Dublin Society (RDS) hosts the annual Mind Body Spirit Festival. Expand your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual horizons at this year’s Mind Body Spirit Festival Dublin, a 3 day opportunity to discover more about the world of spiritual and holistic healing and self-development.

24 Mar 2012 - 11 May 2012
Titanic Festival of Creative Arts 2012

Several plays, musical events and art installations will take place to remember those lost in the sinking of the Titanic and explore their stories further.

31 Mar 2011 - 22 Apr 2012
Titanic Belfast officially opens, Belfast


Titanic Belfast will officially open on Saturday 31st March 2012, unveiling the new exhibition centre and a host of commemorative events.

March (Aug 2011 - May 2012)
International Orchestral Series, Dublin

Each season, Dublin's National Concert Hall presents an International Orchestral Series. As it features some world-class performances led by distinguished conductors, you'll need to book in advance.

15 Apr 2012 (annual)
Great Ireland Run

Get training for the Great Ireland Run and follow in some of the world's best runners' footsteps through Dublin's Phoenix Park. You don't have to be a pro though; the run is for runners of all levels.

Read more: Visit IrishCentral's special St. Patrick's Day section for more stories

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