St. Patrick’s Day, celebrated annually on March 17th, commemorates the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, and has evolved from a religious observance to a global celebration of Irish culture. St. Patrick, who lived in the 5th century, is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland and is often associated with the use of the shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity. The date, March 17th, is believed to mark the day of his death.

The origins of the St. Patrick’s Day celebration are rooted in Ireland, where the day was traditionally observed with religious services and feasts. However, the modern interpretation of the holiday as a lively and festive occasion can be attributed to Irish immigrants, particularly those in the United States, who sought to maintain a connection to their homeland.

St Paddy's Day in Paris France 2024

In the 18th century, Irish soldiers serving in the British army organised the first St. Patrick’s Day parades in North America, marking the beginning of the public celebrations associated with the day. Over time, the festivities expanded, embracing various cultural elements such as music, dance and the display of Irish symbols like the shamrock and the trinity knot.

St. Patrick’s Day gained international popularity and recognition, becoming a day for people of all backgrounds to celebrate Irish heritage. Cities around the world now host parades, festivals and events in honour of St. Patrick, featuring Irish music, traditional dances like the jig and the prominent display of green attire and decorations.

In Ireland, the day is a public holiday, marked by religious observances, cultural events and the famous St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin. The holiday has transcended its religious roots to become a symbol of Irish identity and a global celebration of Irish culture, uniting people in the spirit of festivity and camaraderie.

St. Patrick’s Day in Paris France  

Paris may not go all out for the infamous Irish holiday like Dublin or New York but March 17th is still a fun and lively date on the Parisian calendar. As most Anglophones in the country choose to flock to the local Irish pub to enjoy some Guinness and watch the rugby, Paris sets itself aside from the classic cliches to offer much more of an authentic experience with an increasingly large Irish community in the city. In honour of tradition, the day is celebrated with public parades, dancing, drinking and, of course, all things green. Since St Patrick’s day coincides with the lifting of the lent traditions such as giving up alcohol, it is also typically associated with over consumption. Here are some Irish pubs around the capital that are sure to indulge in St. Paddy’s festivities: 

  1. Corcoran’s Irish Pub : With multiple locations in Paris, including near the Grands Boulevards and Saint-Michel, Corcoran’s offers a classic Irish pub experience with live music and a diverse menu. Happy hour is 6pm to 810pm, with pints down from 7.50€ to 6.50 or even 5€ at certain locations. Check happy hours and prices in advance using the app MisterGoodBeer ( ). 

23 Bd Poissonnière, 75002 Paris (2nd Arrondissement),  
110 Bd de Clichy, 75018 Paris (Place de Clichy) 
9-11 Rue Foyatier, 75018 Paris (Sacré-Coeur)

  1. The Green Linnet : This pub, located in the 11th arrondissement, is often praised for its laid-back atmosphere and live music, making it a favourite among locals and expats alike. Happy hour is from 5pm to 9pm, outside of which beers are 6€.

8 Av. Victoria, 75004 Paris (Hotel de Ville)

3. Hide Pub / Club, Châtelet : Pub meets club! Save during happy hour, then dance away the evening of St. Patrick’s Day. Happy Hour is 4pm-10pm, at only 4 euros for a beer. 

46 Rue des Lombards, 75001 Paris

St. Patrick’s Day in Paris France  

The Irish Cultural Centre in the 5th arrondissement offers a lively and cultural billing of events to celebrate the day with live traditional music, performances and dancing. Attend events from March 13th to March 17th. Join the festivities on the Sunday to enjoy live music on the streets outside the CCI. Find the program here or follow the centre on Instagram for up-to-date information on events. 

France and Ireland have an interesting history. France played a notable role in supporting Irish independence during the 20th century, particularly during and after the Irish War of Independence (1919–1921) and the subsequent Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations. The support from France was part of a broader diplomatic and geopolitical context. France was sympathetic to the cause of Irish independence. During the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, where Irish republicans staged a rebellion against British rule, many Irish leaders looked to European nations, including France, for support. France, under President Raymond Poincaré, was among the first countries to unofficially recognize the Irish Republic declared in 1919. De Valera visited Paris in 1921 to garner support for Irish independence at the Paris Peace Conference and, after the Anglo-Irish Treaty, France officially recognized the Irish Free State in 1922, establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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In fact, the Irish language, or Irish-Gaelic, has a number of loan words from French, or rather, from Norse French. Following the Norman conquest of 1066, Norman-French became the language of the nobility, administration, and the royal court. This French dialect spoken by the Normans was a variety of Old Norman, which had evolved from Old French. While the Norse influence on the Irish language is not as profound as it was in English, some Norse loanwords entered the Irish vocabulary. These loanwords are often related to trade, navigation, and everyday activities. Here are some examples of the English, the Irish, and the French. 

  1. Monday, Luan, Lundi 
  2. Tuesday, Máirt, Mardi
  3. Boy, Garsún, Garçon
  4. Body, Cór, Corps
  5. Gold, Ór, Or 
  6. Hospital, Ospidéal, Hôpital
  7. Sea, Mar, Mer
  8. Idea, Idé, Idée

Here’s some key vocabulary to learn in French and Irish before the 17th March: 

St. Patrick’s Day (English), la Saint-Patrick (French), Lá fhéile Pádraig (Irish)
Clover (English), un trèfle (French), seamair (Irish)
Green (English), vert (French), glas (Irish) 
Ireland (English), l’Irlande (French), Éireann (Irish) 
Beer (English), bière (French), beoir (Irish)

 St Patrick's Day in Paris France

Whatever you choose to do, Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit! (Happy St. Patrick’s Day).

St. Patrick’s Day in Paris France

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