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Virtual St. Patrick’s Day in Galway City

Virtual St. Patrick’s Day in Galway City

This year, Galway City Council is hosting its first virtual St Patrick’s Day - for people living in Galway as well as the diaspora spread across the globe to enjoy. Our virtual parade has been created by over 100 young people from Galway who were asked to draw what they would like to see featured in their ideal St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The virtual parade’s line-up will feature traditional features of St. Patrick’s Day including, St. Patrick himself, snakes and shamrocks but will also feature some more unexpected characters such as  butterflies, giraffes, aliens and much more. The drawings have been brought to life by filmmaker Chris Tierney from Earthbound Films and will go live on the 17th of March at noon across social media channels in the city. 

The background for the parade is set in the wonderful Barna Woods and captures Aoife as she discovers the magical creatures as they parade through the woods in celebration of St Patrick’s Day.

Iconic locations across the city have been going green at part of Tourism Ireland’s #GlobalGreening including the Salthill Promenade, the Claddagh Basin, NUIG and the wonderful Manuela Galway Hooker. Other greenings will be taking place across the city including the Town Hall Theatre, the G Hotel and a special installation by Brendan Savage at the Mutton Island lighthouse.


Our special eight-page pull-out, featuring lots of activities and games for a fun St Patrick’s Day at home, was featured in the Galway Advertiser on March 11th. The piece included some fun and engaging articles and activities from the Galway City Museum, Galway Cartoon Festival, Galway Junior Film Fleadh, Cúirt International Festival of Literature and Aniar Restaurant. You can print a copy of the pull out here: 

St. Patrick's Day Pull-out and Activities (pdf)

Finally, the diaspora of Galway will be given a flavour of Galway with a traditional concert that captures the very best of Galway. The concert will be live on social media accounts of our sister cities and will feature local musicians and community groups wishing the Galway Diaspora a happy St Patrick’s Day and welcoming them to return for a visit in 2022. The concert will go live Wednesday evening across social media in the city.