St. Patrick's Day parade-goers (Monika Fuchs)

St. Patrick’s Day parade-goers (by Monika Fuchs)

TBEX Dublin doesn’t start for another six months, but our friends at Fáilte Ireland wanted to give some travel bloggers a sneak peek at our 2013 European host city during one of its biggest celebrations – the St. Patrick’s Day Festival. With the help of TBEX, they selected a small group of bloggers – Amber DeGrace (Tickling My Fancy), Andrew Dobson (Dobbernation Loves), Monika Fuchs (Travel World Online), JoAnna Haugen (Kaleidoscopic Wandering), and Yvonne Zagermann (Just Travelous) – to experience Dublin at its most green.

For the rest of us who couldn’t be in Dublin over St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a round-up of the blog posts and photos by that group.

And yes, all this Dublin and Ireland talk makes us even more excited about going to Dublin in October. How about you?

St. Patrick’s Day Festival Blog Posts

St. Patrick’s Day Festival Video

St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland – Kilkenny and Dublin from Yvonne Zagermann on Vimeo.

St. Patrick’s Day Festival Photos

In addition to the blog posts about the trip, the St. Patrick’s Festival bloggers were prolific photographers. Here’s a selection of their great pictures (including the part where they got to meet the President of Ireland!). Click on each image below to get to the original.

#Ireland is welcoming home its ancestors in an incredibly open way with The Gathering. What an exciting #StPatricksDay to be #Irish! #celebration #green #party #balloons #instamood #instagood #happy #fun

Live: Meeting the president of Ireland - Michael D. Higgins #gatheringireland

Happy St. Patrick's Day!! #gatheringireland

Malahide Castle has expansive gardens full of rare flora from around the world. The castle tour is a must to learn about its history. Maybe you'll even meet one of the ghosts! #gatheringireland

It wouldn't be #Europe without a #castle! This is Malahide Castle just outside of #Dublin, #Ireland. #history  #culture #royalty #green #moss #towers #travel #stpatricksday #sliceoflife #instagood #instamood

Blaa blaa blaa sandwich!

My version of heaven: The Long Room at #Trinity #College in #Dublin #Ireland filled with thousands of #books.#library #history #culture #education #reading #instagood #instamood #dream

An American marching band going crazy at Kilkenny castle

#Drink and be merry! Happy #StPatricksDay from #Dublin #Ireland. Next on the agenda? More #Guinness! #beer #drinking #party #celebration #fun #green #instagood #instamood #nofilter #sliceoflife

Just a little friendly reminder about St. Patrick's Day: Drink Guinness for Strength! #gatheringireland

Celebrating St. Patty's Day with @candicewalsh and @justtravelous. #Snow or #rain, we are going #green! #Dublin #ireland #stpatricksday #instagood #instamood #parade

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!! 

<a href=Happening now! I'm in the #Dublin #stpatricksday #parade!! #celebration #party #ireland #green #fun #timeofmylife #love #instagood #instamood

On #stpatricksday in #Dublin, this happens at the Temple Bar. #Green as far as the eye can see. #party #celebration #drinking #ireland #fun #instagood #instamood #outtacontrol #chaos