Paddy’s Day’s Here…Again
St Patrick’s Day is the patron saint of Ireland’s official feast day. It is observed annually on March 17th and with Liverpool’s historic links to the republic, it’s always a huge celebration in the city, from the parade by some of Liverpool’s Irish community groups, to the party-goers who pack out the pubs to raise a glass of green-tinted Guinness to St Patrick.
In just over a week’s time, the streets of the city will turn green, for one of Liverpool’s most exciting days of the year, St Paddy’s Day, and it gets even better, this year, it’s a Saturday. So you might need to book Sunday off just in case.
So where did it start?
The origin of this feast day comes from St. Patrick, one of the patron saints of Ireland (Brigit of Kildare and Columba being the others) who weirdly, wasn’t from Ireland, and he wasn’t called Patrick either. ‘Patrick’, which comes from the Latin term Patricius, “father figure”, was kidnapped by pirates and taken to Ireland from Britain at around the age of 16 as a slave. After escaping and returning home, Patrick became a priest and returned to Ireland to rid it of snakes (despite no evidence of snakes in the fossil record, ever).
So why do we celebrate it?
Despite being a public holiday in both the North and South of Ireland, the day is celebrated by a host of countries around the world, mainly because of the Irish diaspora and her in Liverpool, a mere Finn’s stone’s throw away, it’s estimated that up to seventy-five percent of us have some Irish heritage, so why not revel in it.
So what’s happening?
As ever, there is a parade through the city centre, accompanied by live bands and venues without number in Mathew Street, Concert square as well as the rest of Liverpool that will happily entertain you.
The Liverpool St Patrick’s Day Parade will assemble from 12.30pm at Great Orford Street, the Old Irish Centre, on Mount Pleasant, L3 5RG, moving off at 1.30 pm and finish at Derby around 2.30pm.
Top 3 places to go
18 Mathew Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L2 6RE
Flanagan’s Apple have a full week of events from the 12th to the 18th these are just a few, see their Facebook page for more details.
Fancy dress on Paddy’s Day
☘ Irish dancing
☘ Pints of the black stuff
77 Tithebarn St
Liverpool L2 2EN
Shenanigans dates all the way back to 1841 and they claim to have the best Guinness in Liverpool.
On 17th March they will be opening their doors early for everyone to enjoy St Patrick’s Day the proper way (snake charming presumably). Doors will be open from 7:30am with entertainment and breakfast for everyone then mid-afternoon they will have live music from Ronan & tony Q + the 2 cans, with prizes and free giveaways.
77 Seel Street
Liverpool L1 4BB
Pogue Mahones re-opened and rejuvenated, you’ll always find craic, a great Guinness, live music and much more, get on down and celebrate, the door opens at 10am, drinks deals all day, live sport and live music throughout the day too.