There’s only one place to be this St Patrick’s weekend and that’s Bray!
Head to Bray this spring as the town comes alive to celebrate this year’s annual St. Patrick’s Festival which runs from Thursday, March 14th until Monday, March 18th, 2019.
Over the St. Patrick’s long weekend you can enjoy plenty of events including a funfair, live music, an open-air céilí, puppet shows, street theatre, walks, trails and of course the main event the Festival Parade. It’s 5 days of great family fun.
President of the Bray & District Chamber of Commerce, Pat Ó Súilleabháin said ‘There’s only one place to be this St Patrick’s weekend and that’s Bray. This year’s festival will be focusing on great family fun with a strong emphasis on celebrating the towns multicultural community so why not head to Bray for some incredible experiences you can’t get anywhere else’.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
We are expecting thousands to line the town’s streets for the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday, March 17that 3 pm. Visitors are in for a treat to the sights and sounds of the marching bands, majorettes, local groups, clubs and more.
Parade Grand Marshal
This year’s Grand Marshal is Michael Kelleher. The well-loved librarian retired recently, with more than 40 years of service to the people of Bray.
This year there are over 20 events… Here are the highlights:
This year there are over 20 events. Here are the highlights:
- Bird’s EuroShow Funfair makes a welcome return to Bray Seafront this spring and will open from Thursday, March 14th. Top class family entertainment is guaranteed with lots of kiddie rides and family attractions.
- On Saturday, March 16th watch some spectacular outdoor circus performances with Grant Goldie who is the Master of Manipulation. Don’t miss his amazing show of skills… One of the very best street shows on the planet at the Civic Plaza at 2 pm & then at the Bandstand from 4:30 pm
- New for 2019 is a guided talk with Brian White of the Bray Cualann Historical Society, where are you can hear the story from the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer’s beginnings on Saturday, March 16th at 3 pm.
- The festival’s main event the Bray Parade will kick off at 3 pm on Sunday, March 17th from the Town Hall to the viewing stand at the northern part of the Seafront.
- Soak up the atmosphere after the St. Patrick’s Day parade and watch a live concert on the Bandstand from Glen Ridge High School Marching Band who are visiting from New Jersey from 4 pm.
- You can learn how to Irish dance on Monday, March 18th from 11 am then afterwards join Julie Rose as she wows audiences young and old with her ‘Seanie ‘o & the Sugarloaf Fairy’ show!
- The Bray Head Walk is back again this year with Bray Adventures on Monday, March 18th at 12 noon.
- Brian White of the Bray Cualann Historical Society will conduct a walking tour of Bray Main Street on Monday, March 18th at 3 pm. The tour will trace Bray’s links with shamrock, serpents, patriotic visitors and events that occurred in Bray during St Patrick’s week. There are limited spaces for walks & talks so make sure you book early using the links below.
- The Bray Vintage Car Club will be showcasing some of their members beautiful classic and vintage cars on Monday, March 18th from 2 pm to 4 pm.
- Soak up the atmosphere over the St. Patrick’s long weekend and listen to the jigs and reels in the many venues throughout the town. Check out Bray.ie’s ‘What’s On’ guide below for full live music listings.
- To finish the weekend off why not catch a concert by the Boomerang Brass Band (UK) as they pay tribute to the late Patrick Murphy in the Martello Hotel on Monday, March 18th at 2 pm.
Festival ‘What’s On’ Guide
Festival Pocket GuideClick here to download the St. Patrick's Festival Bray Pocket Guide 2019
Church of the Most Holy Redeemer – Saturday, March 16th at 3 pm
Join Brian White from the Bray Cualann Historical Society and hear the story from the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer’s beginnings. Persons under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
The Historical Talk is with thanks to Bray Cualann Historical Society.
Register for free tickets here.
Bray Head Walk Registration
Meeting point is at the Scenic Car Park – Monday, March 18th at 12 noon
Dust off those hiking boots and get hiking this St. Patrick’s Weekend. Take in some of the most stunning views of Bray and surrounding areas with a guided walk with Bray Adventures up and around the amazing Bray Head. The tour will include a stop off so bring a packed lunch with you. Persons under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
The guided tour is with thanks to Bray Adventures.
Register for free tickets here.
Historical Trail Registration
Meeting point is at the Bray Town Hall – Monday, March 18th at 3 pm
Brian White of the Bray Cualann Historical Society will conduct a walking tour of Bray Main Street. The tour will trace Bray’s links with shamrock, serpents, patriotic visitors and events that occurred in Bray during St Patrick’s week since it was made a public holiday in 1903. Persons under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
The guided walk is with thanks to Bray Cualann Historical Society.
Register for free tickets here.
Festival Competition is now closed
To celebrate the return of the festival we have a Funfair Family Golden Ticket (unlimited funfair access throughout St. Patrick’s Day) to giveaway. Family can consist of two adults with up to three children. The closing date was Friday, March 8th, 2019 at 6 pm. Terms and conditions apply which are available here.
Congratulations to Monica Madden our winner.
Thanks to everyone who entered.
Festival event locations, places to visit, stay, dine and socialise in (Click on image to enlarge)Click here to download the St. Patrick's Bray 2019 Event Map
Traffic restrictions during the Bray Parade
Roads to be closed include:
Strand Road, Bray from the DART Station to the Boathouse Coffee Dock on Bray Seafront.
To include the junctions of:
- Seapoint Road and Strand Road
- Seapoint Road and Seymour Road
- Quinsboro Road and Strand Road
- Albert Avenue and Strand Road
- Sidmonton Avenue and Strand Road
- Victoria Avenue and Strand Road
- Convent Avenue and Strand Road
- Putland Road and Strand Road
- Vevay Road and Church Road
- Killarney Road and King Edward Road
The parade route is from the Town Hall, Vevay Road, Bray (opposite St Patrick’s School) proceeding down Main Street, turning right onto Quinsboro Road, turning left onto Seymour Road, right onto Seapoint Road and concludes on the Strand Road. Traffic management will be in place during the passing of the parade.
Getting to Bray
Getting to Bray couldn’t be simpler as the town has a substantial public transport network, both north from Dublin and south from County Wicklow and County Wexford.
Please plan your journey here.
The Committee would appreciate if the public, both spectators and participants alike would leave the Silly String at home this year as it is banned in Bray during the dates 14th to 18th March. These are harmful and interfere with public events, such as the parade. Thank you for your cooperation in advance!
Participating groups in the Bray Parade 2019:
- 12th Wicklow Scouts Bray
- 5th Wicklow Bray Sea Scouts
- Ardmore Rovers
- Artastic Street Theatre
- Bray Cardiac First Responders
- Bray Emmets GAA Club
- Bray Fire Station
- Bray Hockey Club
- Bray Lions Club
- Bray Musical Society
- Bray Runners A.C
- Bray Vintage Car Club
- County Wicklow Lawn Tennis Club
- Crumlin Marching Band
- Dublin School of Mandarin Chinese
- East Coast FM
- ECE Travel
- Glen Ridge High School Marching Band (USA)
- Junior Musicals Theatre School
- Lakers Sports & Recreation Club
- Lawless Academy of Irish Dancing
- Master’s Temple Martial Arts
- Me and The Moon
- Non-Resident Nepali Association
- Order of Malta Bray
- Paw Patrol & PJ Masks
- Shauna McGauran School of Irish Dance
- Signal Arts Centre
- Southside Chinese Residents Association
- Srednja škola Glina (High School Glina)
- St Peter’s Football Club
- Tallaght Festival Band
- The Boomerang Band UK
- Urban X
A large festival like this wouldn’t be possible without the great support, enthusiasm and expertise from our committee, service providers, volunteers, participants and the emergency services. Thank you also to our sponsors who fund all the events.
Bray’s St. Patrick’s Festival is proudly brought to you by Bray & District Chamber of Commerce and Wicklow County Council.