Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Dublin

By Philippa Burne, UK, March 2011

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Note From Viator: On March 17th, Guinness Storehouse will present anybody with the first name Patrick, or indeed any variation of the name, with a special complimentary pass, otherwise known as the “VIP Pass” (Very Important Patrick Pass) where they get free admission and treated to a day of festivities. 

Three questions: When is St Patrick’s Day? March 17th, right? Everyone knows that. Who was St Patrick? Patron saint of Ireland. Well, most people know that. And that he was attributed with banishing snakes from Ireland (although modern evidence suggests there never were any snakes, just a lot of Druids who St Patrick may also have been instrumental in decreasing in number).

And, finally, when did he live? Trickier question, isn’t it? Most people accept that it was during the fifth century. And that March 17th was the date of his death; it has been celebrated as his feast day since the seventeenth century.

But enough of history: for extra points, is your name Patrick? If so, I suggest you throw on a green t-shirt, jump on a plane to Dublin and head to the Guinness Storehouse for St Patrick’s Day, because the Guinness will be free for you. For anybody, regardless of your name, a visit to the Guinness Storehouse is a must when you’re in Dublin. Right in the heart of the city, the historic building is part of Dublin and Ireland’s heritage. You’ll even learn how they make Guinness – it’s just water, hops, barley and yeast. Though I don’t think they’ll be giving out the exact recipe. And when you’ve finished touring the seven-floor factory, head for the Gravity Bar and a quiet pint, with a 360˚ view over Dublin. 

The Guinness Storehouse is the mother ship of the drink now brewed in 150 countries around the world so after a visit here, you can sit down for a pint of Ireland’s black gold nearly anywhere in the world and relive that trip you made to Dublin. But remember, St Patrick himself never actually tasted Guinness – it wasn’t first brewed until the 1700s.

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