Family fun – St Paddy’s Weekend Low Down

St Paddy’s weekend is finally here, hurrah! If you’re looking for things to do with the family this weekend, fear not, we’ve done all the work for you!

Parade route

1. St. Patricks Day Parade

Would it even be the sacred day of green, shamrock-shaped everything, if we didn’t make all the family stand out in their best rainproof rig-outs to cheer on the local heroes? This year’s Parade is taking a different route compared to previous years, kicking off by University road and working its way over the Salmon Weir Bridge and finishing on Bóthar na mBan. The route will allow for more spectators to take to the street and enjoy the show. Macnas Artistic Director Noeline Kavanagh will also be showing off the magnificent talent of Next Generation Macnas at this year’s festivities. Don’t forget your brolly!

2. Best Dressed Teddy Competition

Calling all Teddies!! Gather your finest dressed Teddy’s and show them have their moment in the spotlight at this year’s competition in Salthill. The Teddy with the finest threads will win a dinner for four in O’Reilly’s bar. To read more click here.


3. Get Footloosed @ The Town Hall Theatre

From the wonderful Twin Productions team, The Town Hall Theatre presents Footloose the musical for 5 shows this March. The vibrant and lively musical is definitely a crowd pleaser, spreading positive vibes and wisdom. The shows are running from 8 pm until Saturday 16th. For more info, click here.

5. We Love Sports

Staying GAA focused, we’ve got a busy sporting weekend ahead of us. In the Allianz Hurling League, The Tribesmen will face Wexford in the quarter-final @1.30pm followed by the footballers, who take on the Rossies at 3.30pm. Both games are played in Pearse Stadium on Saturday 16th March, so make sure to get out and show your support. Gaillimh Abú!

6. Origami Workshop

Attention all you aspiring paper artists – Round up the kids and explore the wonderful craft of origami in Galway’s Design Studio. The two-hour workshop could almost be described as a meditative session, where you’ll learn the magic of origami, turning something so basic into art. This is such a fun activity with the kids and something they’ll be able to take home some memories. For more details, click here

7. Curry’s Fun Park in Salthill

It’s time for Curry’s fun park to open its gates for the sunny season, this Friday 15th. Enjoy the carnival atmosphere with an assortment of rides and attractions to suit all ages. From the speed seekers to the roller coaster rogues, there’ll be something for all the family to enjoy.


8. Burren Nature Sanctuary

If you’re looking for a little escape from the city, The Burren Nature Sanctuary is the perfect family outing. Set on a 50-acre organic farm, the Burren Nature Sanctuary is a nature lover’s paradise and makes for the perfect family day trip from Galway City. It provides a wonderful introduction to the magical Burren landscape, with all its unusual flora and fauna.

Every weekend, they host fairy trails around the ancient hazel woodland. They encourage the kids to dress up in fairy wings and be prepared to explore and discover the magical fairy houses. After you’ve seen the alpacas and fairies, you can indulge in some lovely lunch(and cake- it’s sooo good) at the Sanctuary Cafe.

9. DC Skate Shop rebrand as Story Tailors before Paddy’s Weekend

After a couple of months in hibernation as they revamped the store, John & the crew have reopened under the new slick tag, Story Tailors. Coming back with a new mantra, the shop is encouraging people to support local artists/designers and also to be more environmentally conscious when buying new threads. The lads are promoting sustainability across the board, from durable brands like Carhartt which are made to last, to environmentally friendly brands like Neutral which have been certified as one of the most sustainable brands in the world. Big things are on the horizon for Story Tailors, keep her lit!

Enjoy the weekend guys and remember, we’re your only daycent guide to the weekend!

Cover photo via Declan Colohan

// Words by Lisa //