With current COVID-19 restrictions in place, we will have to cancel the National Services Day Parade planned for the 5th of Sept. The NSD Committee had been working hard in the background to try to make it happen but the safety of the public and of our members is our top priority.
We hope to reschedule at a later stage and will be keeping in touch with all the organisations and when the time is right, we will hold a NSD Parade that will beat all others.
In the meantime, we want to thank each and every service member out there, frontline, voluntary and emergency, for your outstanding efforts in battling this virus.
Stay safe and look after each other.
What's been on in previous years...
More than just a parade
A Skills Display
11am -3.30pm - Dublin Castle
From abseiling to bomb disposal, watch the pro's put their skills to the test. Kids (and adults) can experience the vehicles and equipment up close.
An international line up
Bands have always been a big part of the spectacle and this year is no exception. We are always proud to welcome the bands of foreign services.
12.00 noon - Parnell Sq to Dublin Castle
Join the crowds as they watch a thousand Services personnel and their vehicles wind their way through the city. Follow them to Dublin Castle to see the vehicles and equipment put through its paces in the exciting Skills Display.
Late week in Aug Date TBC - National Concert Hall
Tickets from €20
Last years bands included: Garda Band, N.A.S. Pipes and drums.
Along with special guests: Jack L, Sibeal, The Bonny Men, October Fires.
Tickets will be available for the 2020 concert from the National concert Hall ticket office or online at www.nch.ie
Sea of Change
We were honoured to have been joined by "Sea of Change" who are all cancer survivors and supporters, giving hope to those in treatment and raising over €870,000 for Charity.
Tickets for the 2020 Gala Concert will be available from the National concert Hall ticket office or online at www.nch.ie
Everything you need to know for the day
Usual Parade Route
Starts - Parnell Square at 12 noon
- Down the East side of O’Connell Street,
- Over O'Connell Bridge and up Westmoreland street,
- Turning right at Dame Street,
Ends - Dublin Castle at 12.25pm where the parade bands and vehicles will join the Skills Display till 3.30pm.
*Note: the parade will now end at Dublin Castle, not Trinity due to the new Luas route
How to get there
With rolling diversions the best bet is to use the Luas Green line, stopping at O'Connell Upper for the Parade or at St Stephen’s Green for Dublin Castle.
The closest Bus stops to the Parade are:
George's Quay: 27a/b, 29a, 31/a, 32, & 130.
Wood Quay: 25/a/b, 26, 66/a/b, 67, 37, 39/a & 70.
The closest Bus stops to Dublin Castle are:
George’s Street: 9, 14, 15, 15A, 15B, 16, 65, 68, 83, 122, 140.
Dame Street: 13, 27, 40, 49, 54A, 56A, 77A, 123, 150, 151, 747.
All the main DART stations are operating, The closest DART stops to the route of the Dublin St. Patrick's Day Parade are Connolly and Pearse Street.
Diversions and rolling road closures will make driving into Dublin tricky, so if you must drive, do plan ahead.
- At the Parade itself: The best places to park to close to the parade route will be Jervis St.; Parnell St; Marlborough St;
If you are coming on foot to view the Parade on O’Connell Street, the best route in will be via Rosie Hackett Bridge and
See transportforireland.ie for more details.
Family and baby facilities
At Dublin Castle: there are cloakroom facilities available and prams and buggies can be stored for you during your visit – please ask one of the guides at the information desk for assistance.
At the Parade itself: The best viewing area of for wheelchair users will be O'Connell St.
At Dublin Castle: The café and restrooms are universally accessible. A member of staff will take you to the museum rooms on the first floor in the lift. The Coach House at the back of the Castle Gardens, is also accessible as are the gardens themselves.
For further queries please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food & Drink
At Dublin Castle: There will be a food truck in the courtyard, also the Terrace Café's menu offers a variety of dishes, including vegetarian and gluten-free options, and makes for a relaxing setting for a coffee break from all the action.