How to Celebrate St Patrick's Day in 2021

9 March 2021

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Put a new spin on St Patrick’s Day traditions with these ideas for celebrating at home whether you’re in Galway or on the other side of the globe.

Brush Up on Irish History This St Patrick’s Day

President Michael D Higgins First Thought Talk
President of Ireland Michael D Higgins' 2018 First Thought Talk at NUI Galway

The First Thought podcast is chock-a-block with interesting tidbits and insights into Irish history and culture. Hear from historians on the tragic legacy of Bloody Sunday 1920, relive Italia 90 with Eamon Dunphy and Colm Toibin, hear from Irish artists like Enda Walsh or reflect on 21st century Ireland with discussions about race, Brexit, and more.

You can also hear from the President of Ireland himself when you listen to President Michael D Higgins’ moving First Thought Talk on the topic of “Home,” recorded at Galway International Arts Festival 2018.

Top 3 Podcast Episodes for St Patrick’s Day:

  1. “Home” with President of Ireland Michael D Higgins
  2. “Bloody Sunday 1920”
  3. "Italia 90" with Eamon Dunphy and Colm Tóibín

You can also browse all episodes on the dedicated First Thought Talks page here. Enjoying First Thought? Be sure to subscribe to the podcast for new episodes every Wednesday.

Share Your Galway International Arts Festival Memories

Dragons Galway Arts Festival 2013
'Dragons' by the Sarruga company at Galway Arts Festival 2013. Share your Festival photos this month!

A year into lockdown, we miss the Festival’s artists and audiences more than ever. Your presence at the Festival is what brings it to life!

This month, we invite you to share your favourite Festival photos using hashtag #giafmemories and tagging Galway International Arts Festival on Facebook (@galwayintarts on Twitter and Instagram) for the chance to win a €20 Galway International Arts Festival voucher (valid for 5 years).

Giveaway closes Wednesday 31 March.

Plan That Dream Getaway to Ireland

Are you daydreaming of a visit to Ireland when it’s safe to travel? We miss seeing the streets of Galway packed with visitors from all over the world, and look forward to welcoming international audiences back to the Festival when we can safely be together again. You can find plenty of information here on to help you plan your future visit.

Cassiebawn Castle, Co Sligo
Cassibown Castle, Co Sligo along the Wild Atlantic Way. Photo provided by Tourism Ireland

Be sure to follow @tourismireland and @wildatlanticway for tips, photos and guides to help you plan future visits. For a bit of Ireland closer to home, check out Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening campaign to see if a landmark near you is going green for St Patrick’s Day.

Following hashtags like #GlobalGreening #FillYourHeartWithIreland #HappyStPatricksDay and #HappyStPatricksDayAtHome will bring the festivities straight to your newsfeed.

Global Greening Empire State Building
New York's Empire State Building goes green as part of Tourism Ireland's Global Greening event

Save On Festival Merchandise When You Join the GIAF Mailing List

Throughout the month of March, save 10% on Galway International Arts Festival merchandise when you join the Festival mailing list. Joining our mailing list means being the first to find out about programme updates, Festival news, and special offers. Signing up means opting in to informational and marketing emails about Galway International Arts Festival (you can unsubscribe from the mailing list at any time by clicking Unsubscribe at the bottom of the emails).

You’ll receive the single-use 10% discount code in your welcome email. Discount applies to all merchandise on GIAF's online store.

Support Small Irish Businesses In Our Community

This year, any excuse is a good one to support Irish locally owned small businesses and St Patrick’s Day is more reason than ever to shop green. Whether you’re treating yourself to a coffee or takeaway or shopping for a special gift, see our full list of Business Friends of the Festival for some of Galway’s best restaurants, cafes, specialty shops and services.

Interested in supporting Galway International Arts Festival by becoming an Individual Friend or a Business Friend? Check out the Friends section on, or email Aisling O'Sullivan on, to find out more about membership.

Make a Donation to Support GIAF’s Ongoing Work

The People Build Waterside 2018
Volunteers participate in the People Build at GIAF 2018

A donation to Galway International Arts Festival is a donation to supports Irish arts and culture at this difficult time. It is also a commitment to help create extraordinary – as GIAF has done for over 43 years. Every euro counts, so if you are in a position to donate even €1 this St Patrick’s Day, please consider supporting the Festival's year-round work.

Donate here:

Wishing everyone a safe and happy St Patrick’s Day this year! We hope to see you again soon.