The Ultimate Guide to St. Patrick’s Weekend in Arklow

With so many guides and lists circulating, we thought we’d add ours to the mix. We’ve tried to gather as many events as we can in one place to make it easy to plan your St. Patrick’s weekend 2024 in Arklow.

So whether you’re herding children through the parade, rounding up a motley crew for a night on the tiles or just looking to escape the parade madness, here’s the lowdown on what’s on and where.

The Main Event

Grand Marshals for Arklow’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2024 are the fabulous Breen Brothers of Atlantic Bro-ing fame. The parade kicks off at 2pm from Mr. Price, travelling over the Navvy Bridge, down Abbey Street to Lower Main Street and back up Main Street to The Parade Ground.

This year, a number of local groups have collaborated to create Arklow’s Inaugural Sensory Space to enjoy the parade from. There are both indoor and outdoor options available. To access these areas, you will need to have a Family Carers Card, Autism Card, Sunflower lanyard or JAM card.

In addition, a social story has been prepared to make your day as enjoyable as possible!

Download your Social Story here.

St. Patricks Day Arklow Sensory Area

Social Story St. Patricks Day Arklow Sensory Space
Social Story St. Patricks Day Arklow Sensory Space

Please note that Road Closures in Arklow Town will be in place from 1-3pm

If you’re in the market for attending more than one Parade locally then you could attempt a hat trick and catch parades in either Aughrim, Coolgreany or Rathdrum too!

St. Patrick himself (Donie Anderson) and his geese and sheepdogs who will be leading the Aughrim St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2024 alongside Grand Marshall Margaret Brady with kick off in Aughrim at 10.30am.

Coolgreany St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2024 commences at 12pm with Arklow Pipe Band leading Grand Marshall Angela Kelly up the Main Street

Rathdrum St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2024 gets going from 12pm from Avon Motors with a rumour that last years Harley riding Bikers will be riding again.


Pre Parade Eats

Emiliano from Kul Beans Kaffe will be open 10am – 3pm in the TJ. O’Mahony car park.

The Broken Chair are serving Breakfast from 9am – 1pm


Live Entertainment


Thursday 14th March

Arklow Roots Music – Informal session @ The Bridge Hotel from 8.30pm

Ragdoll @ The Gallery from 9.30pm

Friday 15th March

Decko @ The Gallery from 9.30pm

Saturday 16th March

Hup for Hospice

Cairde Le Cheile – Fundraiser for Wicklow Hospice, 1-2pm @ Bridgewater Shopping Centre

The Boathouse CCE – Fundraiser for Leinster Fleadh, from 3pm @ Bridgewater Shopping Centre

Alan Lawlor @ The Railway Tavern

Allison Saul @ The Brook House

Breakaway @ The Old Ship from 10pm

Karaoke with Tommy Breen @ The Corner House from 9pm

Tony Cunningham @ The Gallery from 9.30pm


Sunday 17th March

Back to Back @ The Old House from 7pm

Breakaway @ The Brook House

Can’t Remember @ The Railway Tavern

Decko Hughes @ The Corner House from 7pm

Tommy Breen with Irish Songs and Karaoke from 10pm

DJ Mythen @ The Gallery Beer Garden 8-11pm

Gary Owen @ The Gallery from 5.30pm

Peter Moore @ Christy’s from 8pm

Quest for Ted @ The Old Ship from 10pm


Monday 18th March

Tom Sawyer @ Christy’s from 6pm

Arklow Pipe Band, St. Patricks Day, Arklow
Arklow Pipe Band, St. Patricks Day, Arklow



Outside of Arklow’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2024, there is still plenty to do!

Sunday 17th March

Arklow Duckpond Junior Parkrun takes off at 9.30am as usual. If it’s your first visit, you can sign up here. FREE Event

Bridgewater Shopping Centre are holding a family fun day from 12pm. FREE Event

Arklow Maritime Museum is open Every Day from 10am – 5pm.


Monday 18th March

Coral Leisure Centre have Inflatable Pool Fun sessions from 3-4pm and 4-5pm.

Why not take a visit to and see the Howard Mausoleum (Arklow Pyramid) if you haven’t already. FREE


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