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Dublin rolls out green carpet for Paddys and Patricias on St Patrick's Day

You’ll have more reason that usual to lift a glass and toast the Irish patron saint this week if your name happens to be Patrick or Patricia (or derivatives thereof) and you find yourself in Dublin.

The Guinness Storehouse, will grant free entry to all Patricks and Patricias ( and derivatives) on Thursday - St Patrick's Day
The Guinness Storehouse will grant free entry to all Patricks and Patricias (and derivatives) on Thursday – St Patrick’s Day Image by Fáilte Ireland/PA Wire

With St Patrick’s Day only a few days away, Guinness Storehouse in the city is offering free entry to their premises on the 17th once you are named after the saint.

St Patrick's Day festival runs from Thursday to Sunday this week and its centre piece is the annual Dublin parade on March 17
St Patrick’s Day festival runs from Thursday to Sunday this week and its centre piece is the annual Dublin parade on 17 March Image by William Murphy / CC BY 2.0

The free access on Thursday coincides with the launch of the 10th St Patrick’s Festival Celebrations, reports the Irish Independent.

Managing Director, Paul Carty says it will be a day of fun and celebrations with a special green carpet rolled out for the Patricks from all over the world. Indeed  every linked name from Paddy to Pedro to Podge will gain free entry. Cases can and, no doubt, will also be also made for Icelandic Patrekurs and Maori Pararikis among others.

Temple Bar, Dublin
Temple Bar, Dublin Image by Miquel Ràmia / CC BY 2.0

The organisers say they will provide a full list of Patrick variants which they will accept for free entry on its website.

For the rest, it will mean having to pay €20 to partake in the fun and games on offer.

The St. Patrick’s Festival runs from Thursday to Sunday of this week.

Aside from the city’s parade, there will also be funfairs for visitors to enjoy around the city at Merrion Square and Custom House Quay.

Last year, the Guinness Storehouse came out on top at the World Travel Awards when it was named ‘Europe’s leading tourist attraction.’