It is a national holiday that is celebrated in more countries than any other.
It is the day that gets the whole world to think green and celebrate St Patricks Day and if you really want to enjoy the celebration you have got to come to Galway. Arts organisations, local performers, businesses and community groups all come together from across the city and county to showcase the West of Ireland and the Gaeltacht regions in this parade. Pipe bands, dance groups, performance artist come from all over the world to Galway each year to experience the St Patrick’s Day Parade. The beauty of Galway is that it is compact enough for groups to truly be at the centre of the heartbeat whilst being large enough to create the festival atmosphere. Each year the parade route is thronged with spectators from start to finish, creating a non-stop carnival atmosphere. With Galway having the wheels in motion for their bid to become Galway’s European Capital for Culture 2020 this year is sure to have some additional surprises.
Last year the parade had a warm up performance by the world’s strongest man and local musicians wakening up the crowd with their lively renditions of Irish favourites. St Patrick’s arrival brings a great sense of excitement, amidst the colourful pageantry, band that travel from USA, France and Ireland deliver uplifting scores and inspiring rhythms. The spectacular procession winds its way from Eyre Square and with a rapturous finale.
Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway provides the ideal base from which to enjoy all of the St Patricks Day festivities. A 15 minute stroll from Eyre Square it is the perfect place to choose, with 104 beautifully appointed bedrooms, complimentary parking & Wi-Fi. With delectable dining to be found in the Olive Tree Bistro where our Head Chef prides himself on offering the finest locally sourced ingredients and for the day that is in it don’t be surprised if you see some traditional Irish dishes with some modern twists on the menu!
If a relaxing St Patrick’s Day is more your type of treat then why not book into the Spa for a choice of the thermal suite. Situated on the 2nd floor of the hotel it comprises of seven treatment rooms. Relaxation suite, Celtic bath, alpha lounger and couples suite. Our popular thermal suite with sauna, steam-room, tropical rain showers, ice cave and heated loungers is also available via appointment and hotel guests receive a discounted rate as part of their accommodation package. The Point Bar provides a festive atmosphere and allows you to sit back and while away some time over a choice of beverages be it craft beers, wonderful wines or creative cocktails. When the sun sets its time to enjoy some vibrant Galway nightlife which offers everything from traditional sessions in old world pubs to jazz sessions in modern bars.
Our St Patricks Day packages offer excellent value for breaks in Galway and offer a range of value and availability midweek.