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St Patrick's Day in Dublin

17:30 AEST Sat Mar 17 2012

Dublin can claim to be one of the most beautifully situated of the world's capitals, located in the wide plain overlooked by the legendary Wicklow Mountains and facing a broad sweeping bay that leads into the Irish Sea. Ireland's largest city, Dublin has a population of a million, which is about a third of the total population of Ireland.

The Irish love a good party — and so does Ben Dark — and St Patrick's Day gives them the perfect excuse to enjoy the national holiday. Every year, March 17 is celebrated with parties and parades in cities and towns around the world, but in Dublin it just has that much more meaning. So much more they actually celebrate with five days and nights of events, most of which are free of charge.

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