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    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 8th Mar 17, 10:09 PM
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    St Patrick's day
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    St Patrick's day 8th Mar 17 at 10:09 PM
    Have a nephew coming for a visit next week and he's just stunned me by asking about St Patrick's day

    Me and DH have always worked the day so don't have a clue. I told him he needs Belfast to see a parade ( he's in Eire the flowing week)

    Am I right? Will he have a good day in Belfast?

    If he goes, what pubs would be good for him during the day?
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    • thefreckle
    • By thefreckle 9th Mar 17, 8:54 AM
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    Think Downpatrick usually have a parade as well.


    Parade usually ends up in Custom House Square with some events on there so somewhere like McHughs might be a good spot for a few pints
    • JulieElizabeth
    • By JulieElizabeth 9th Mar 17, 9:57 AM
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    All pubs will be super bunged from opening time


    Belfast City Centre will be full of drunken teenagers


    I personally avoid like the plague
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    • Zola.
    • By Zola. 9th Mar 17, 10:24 AM
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    St Patricks Centre in Downpatrick worth a visit.
    • guiriman
    • By guiriman 9th Mar 17, 11:10 AM
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    http://visitbelfast.com/whats-on/event/st-patricks-day-parade-and-concert
    • steveymp
    • By steveymp 9th Mar 17, 11:13 AM
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    If your up near the North West there is a variety of things to do and to be honest it is more family orientated in comparison to Belfast



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    • ballyblack
    • By ballyblack 9th Mar 17, 11:39 AM
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    Avoid the student areas around the Ormeau Road on St.Patricks night.

    Not pleasant


    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/st-patricks-day-fears-for-belfast-holyland-residents-as-students-planning-massive-outdoor-party-35490672.html

    I see the local 'blow-in' natives are restless this year again

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/heavy-police-presence-in-belfasts-holyland-area-welcomed-in-crackdown-ahead-of-st-patricks-day-35514335.html
    Last edited by ballyblack; 09-03-2017 at 1:28 PM.
    • Zola.
    • By Zola. 9th Mar 17, 11:58 AM
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    Full of little idiots, much agreed. Dublin road not much better in and around the likes of Filthies etc.
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 9th Mar 17, 12:20 PM
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    Now I know why I've never bothered lol

    He's from Oz so I guess they see the parades on TV and think they are a must see whilst here, like doing the GoT tour and the causeway etc

    I think I'll convince him watching the racing around the local is more traditional and will be more craic

    Thanks for your help
    • butterflymum
    • By butterflymum 9th Mar 17, 1:55 PM
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    He could always climb Slemish...


    https://www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/slemish
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    • Tammykitty
    • By Tammykitty 9th Mar 17, 2:33 PM
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    Derry has a St Patricks day parade too, and a number of other places


    List of last years events
    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/whats-on-st-patricks-day-2016-celebrations-across-northern-ireland-34543977.html


    I do like having a few drinks on St Patricks day - I do enjoy Belfast, but stay out of the student quarter - too busy!


    McHughs is a good spot - although very busy!
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    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 9th Mar 17, 3:17 PM
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    He could always climb Slemish...


    https://www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/slemish
    Originally posted by butterflymum
    Haha I did suggest this, was met with scilence
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    • By Artytarty 11th Mar 17, 2:56 PM
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    Climbing Slemish! Oh how you've brought back memories for me!
    My school had an organised outng to Slemish every year on 17th March. We had to bring our school hymn books and sing a joyous rendition of St Patrick's Breastplate from the top!
    I think we were a,olowd to ditch the school uniform for the day.
    There was a great atmosphere and much fun and sweets to be had on the bus on the way home.!
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    • In For A Penny
    • By In For A Penny 12th Mar 17, 12:14 PM
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    Like everything in this country, "culture" is just an excuse for alcohol and an opportunity to stick the fingers up at “the other side”. Certainly the case in large parts of Belfast.

    In fairness to those that have genuine cultural interests the parades are early and generally trouble free but the drunkenness and pretty intimidating atmosphere that follows is best avoided IMHO.

    Wouldn’t go near the Holylands/lower Ormeau at any stage.

    I would say the exact same of another public holiday in July so I am genuinely unbiased.
    • qwert yuiop
    • By qwert yuiop 12th Mar 17, 5:22 PM
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    Maybe we could follow Munich and just call it a beer fest.
    • SnowyOwl
    • By SnowyOwl 13th Mar 17, 11:34 PM
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    I'm not sure what is wrong with celebrating our national saint, and your nephew is I assume just wanting to join the big Irish party when he's here. I would say he should just stick to central Belfast for the parade and then afterwards any pub that is marking the date would do for a celebratory pint or two. It's a good money spinner for the pubs so there won't be any problem him finding a good watering hole.

    • qwert yuiop
    • By qwert yuiop 14th Mar 17, 7:27 AM
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    Since st Patrick's day is a Friday this year, it gives us a long weekend. The next two years will be the same, with the holiday on a Monday. Even more drinking than usual. I feel hungover even thinking about it. Unless of course everyone is off satan's buttermilk for lent.
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 14th Mar 17, 7:39 AM
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    Well he's here and it appears he's a lightweight when it comes to drinking

    He's going to go to Derry to celebrate

    It's a work day for me as usual
    • Tammykitty
    • By Tammykitty 15th Mar 17, 1:54 PM
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    Well he's here and it appears he's a lightweight when it comes to drinking

    He's going to go to Derry to celebrate

    It's a work day for me as usual
    Originally posted by suki1964

    Hope he enjoys it


    The parade is good in Derry normally, and the pubs are fun!
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