Have you ever longed to wear a leprechaun hat, dress up in green and celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Ireland like a true Irish local? If so, you’ll want to be in Trim, Co. Meath, on the 17th March this year to join in on all the fun, festive activities.
Join the St Patrick’s Day Parade
The theme for St Patrick’s Day parades across Ireland this year is ‘Bliain na Gaeilge’, or ‘Year of the Irish Language’ (Gaelic). Locals, sports teams, volunteers and businesses alike are being encouraged to incorporate this theme into the design of their colourful parade floats and signage.
There will be prizes for the best dressed at the parade, so best you and the family come prepared! Think green feather boas, green sun glasses, green hats, tutus, overalls and bow ties - the sky is really the limit for what you can do to accessorize on St Paddy’s day!
According to event organisers, the parade will be opened and closed by singer songwriter, Chris Leonard, who hails from Ballivor in Meath. Leonard is famous for making it through as a finalist on X Factor a few years ago and as a former member of the boy band, Stereo Kicks.
Pick up your parade application form from The Kitchen on Emmet Street, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to have the application form emailed to you directly.
Learning the St Paddy’s Day lingo
With the Irish language as its theme, some Gaelic terms could stand you in good stead for fully immersive, St Patrick’s day experience here in Trim. The following are a few, short terms to learn before you arrive:
+ Go Raibh maith agat (‘Thank You’)
+ Tá fáilte romhat.Taw foyle-cheh roh-ot (‘You’re Welcome’)
+ Lá Fhéile Pádraig (‘St Patrick’s Day’)
+ Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona Duit (For wishing one person a ‘Happy St Patrick’s Day!’)
+ Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona Daoibh (For wishing more than one person a ‘Happy St Patrick’s Day!’)
+ An mbeidh tú ag fliuchadh na seamróige? (‘Will you be wetting the Shamrock?’ – i.e. going for a drink after the St Patrick’s Day parade).
If that all seems quite a mouthful, you can visit this handy website for some pronunciation tips and suggestions.
Have a drink at the Castle Arch Hotel on St Paddy’s Day!
If you plan to wet the Shamrock after the St Patrick’s Day parade, then why not join us for a few drinks at the Castle Arch Bar and Restaurant? We'll be serving up a sumptious carvery from 12:30 to 5pm on Saturday 17th March, and our evening menu will be available from 5pm to 9pm. The six nations will be on the big screen in the Emmet Suite - so feel free to join is for that too.
Click here to submit your dining enquiry and we will be in touch to confirm availability for your reservation. We look forward to celebrating with you on St Paddy's Day!