St Patrick’s Day down under

Irish Shamrock. Pic: wikimedia.

All the madness and mayhem of the greenest day of the year is fast approaching. And that means lots of Guinness, live bands and green clothing.

If you find yourself in the land down under for this year’s St Pat’s day rest assured all things Irish are celebrated here. But do note not all take place right on the 17th March – some are held the weekend before or after the official date. But there are plenty of Irish people to celebrate with given the nation’s heritage. With that in mind we’ve got a list of events from the major cities in Australia. It’s also worth checking out all the Irish pubs in these cities for details of festivities:


“Celebrate St Patricks Day with the best tasting Guinness in Australia, Irish stalls, traditional food, live bands all day and comedian Mickey D as MC. Then make it a Paddy’s day to remember and party into the night at their East Terrace Street Party.
P.J. O’ Brien’s, 14 East Terrace, Adelaide. Saturday 17th March. Open from 9am for breakfast and the street party kicks off at 5pm.”


* St Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Fair on 10 March from 10.30am through the streets of Brisbane
* Plenty of pubs to choose from:
Mick O’Malleys, Queen Street
Kitty O’Shea’s, Paddington
P.J. O’Briens, Charlotte Street
Irish Murphy’s, George St
Finnigan’s Chin, Birkdale

Sydney Opera House in 2010. Pic: wikimedia.


* A parade to be held from George Street on Sunday 18 March from 10.30am and finishing at Hyde Park.
* A family day on Sunday 18 March at Hyde Park from 1-6pm
* In 2010 the Sydney Opera House was lit up in green to mark 200 years of celebrating the Irish in Sydney. It wasn’t possible in 2011 due to a scheduling clash, and this year is still uncertain – keep a look out!


* St Patrick’s Day parade
* Good places for a pint on St Paddy’s day:
PJ O’Brien’s – Southbank
The Quiet Man Irish Pub – Flemington
Dan O’Connell Hotel – Carlton
Pugg Mahones – Carlton
Irish Murphys – Geelong
Celtic Club – Queen Street, Melbourne
Irish Murphys – Ballarat
Bridie O’Reillys – South Yarra
PJ O’Briens – Melbourne Airport
Crown Casino – Southbank


* St Patrick’s Day at the Races, 17 March.
* Pubs to have a pint in:
Paddy Maguires
Rosy O’Grady’s
Fibber McGee’s
Durty Nelly’s


* St Patrick’s Day Cup (horse race), 17 March
* Have a pint at:
Kitty O’Sheas
Fiddler’s Green – Waterfront Precinct

* Irish pubs to have a pint in:
King O’Malley’s
Filthy McFadden’s
P.J. O’Reilly’s

* Irish pubs to have a pint in:
Shamrock Hotel
Irish Murphy’s

If you have a St Pat’s day event to add, or you are an Irish pub/venue, leave a comment here and we’ll update the post!


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