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St. Patrick's Day Parades 2024

Details, times and tips for visitors to Cork city and county

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the best times of the year to visit Cork. The big highlight is the huge parade in Cork city centre that starts at 1pm. Expect to see a vibrant and colourful display with people all walks of life across the city – from sporting groups to dance schools, new communities, our long-established brass bands, and special guests from around the world.

Many towns and villages around the county also have their own parades (see list below).

If you want a good viewing position at the city parade you’ll need to be there about an hour beforehand as crowds can be 5 or 6 people deep in places.

The city parade starts at Parnell Bridge then circles around the city centre island by heading up South Mall, on to Grand Parade, north along St. Patrick Street and east on to Merchant’s Quay finishing at Parnell Place. For more info click here

Be sure to keep an eye on the weather forecast and the Met Éireann rain radar. March in Ireland can go from sunshine to rain showers in a matter of minutes so be prepared for all conditions!

Experiencing the energy of a traditional Irish music session is a must and lucky visitors to Cork City have huge choice with Cork City Council’s Lee Sessions taking place in bars all around the city centre. Check out our What’s On guide for exact times and locations.

 St. Patrick's Day Parade Start Times (17th March unless stated otherwise)

Ballincollig: 3pm

Ballinagree: 12pm

Ballydehob: 1pm

Bandon: 2.30pm

Bantry: 12.45pm

Boherbue: 10.45am

Buttevant: 10am

Carrigaline: 2pm

Carriganima: 3pm (Saturday, 16th)

Carrigtwohill: 1pm

Castletownbere: 3pm

Charleville: 12:45pm

Churchtown: 12.15pm

Clonakilty: 2pm

Cobh: 2pm

Cork City: 1pm

Crosshaven: 2pm (Monday, 18th)

Dunmanway: 1pm

Fermoy: 12pm

Glanmire(upper): 3pm

Glounthane: 10.30am

Kanturk: 2.30pm

Kealkill: 3pm

Kinsale: 3pm

Knocknagree: 11am

Mallow: 2pm

Millstreet: 5pm

Newmarket: 12.30pm

Schull: 1.45pm

Skibbereen: 3pm

Sherkin: 2.30pm

Youghal: 3pm 

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