St Patrick's Day 2014: Viral video shows why you need to go to Ireland

If you're wondering whether or not to visit Ireland for St Patrick's Day this year, this video will help make up your mind.

Displaying Ireland's best charms, the emotion-inducing film has already gone viral, with nearly half a million views since it was released two days ago.

The St Patrick's Day 2014 #IrelandInspires clip was created by Failte Ireland, depicts the very best of Irish - including its famous actors, tourism beauty spots and famous heritage sights.

If you've never been to Ireland, you're missing a real treat. Dublin is great for a city break in the Spring or summer, and one of the best ways to experience it is to go one of the famous literary pub crawls - that way you get to discover this amazing literary city's past and famous pub culture all in one go.

For those who love mountains, beaches and incredible views, the west coast of Ireland is spectacular, and there's nothing like driving around the ring of Kerry on a clear day to raise the spirits. The counties of Cork and Donegal also boast some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe.

The picturesque small towns and villages of Ireland are famous around the world, and wherever you decide to stay you're unlikely to be disappointed. The town of Dingle in Kerry is not to be missed, but there are many pretty fishing villages dotted around the country that are equally as appealing: try Castletownshend with its ancient stone cottages, and the cheerful bustling town of Clonakilty are also highlights.

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St Patrick's Day 2014: Viral video shows why you need to go to Ireland

A total of 20,000 people are expected to be attending this year's Irish Festival in Manchester, which features a range of art, heritage, music, sport and theatre. The organisers say their this is Europe's biggest St Patrick's day Parade outside the Emerald Isle...

Dublin's St Patrick's Festival lasts until 19th March and boasts street theatre, Irish music, dance, street spectacles, comedy, film, a treasure hunt, Irish language events, family fun and, in the words of the organisers, '...of course the best St. Patrick's Day Parade in the world.' 

Northern Ireland's Derry, named UK City of Culture for 2013, has a St Patrick's Day Spring Carnival involving a range of community groups and featuring live music, dancing, storytelling and a child-friendly alcohol-free craft village. Visit

Londoners love celebrating the luck of the Irish. The Mayor's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival attracts crowds of more than 100,000 people. For a list of pubs celebrating St Patrick's Day, visit View London

Known for hosting the second largest parade in the world, Savannah Georgia has been hosting two weeks of St. Patrick's Day festivities. Think marching bands and drum corps direct from Ireland. This family-friendly event winds its way through historic downtown Savannah.

Birmingham's St Patrick's Festival is one of the biggest celebrations in Europe. More than 80,000 people attend, and 1000 balloons are unleashed into the skies above Camp Hill. Don't miss the Irish festivities on the busiest night of the year for the city's Irish pubs!

New York City has been home to an annual St Patrick's Day parade since 1762, and this year marks the 250th New York City St Patrick's Day Parade. Expect a sea of smiling green faces along Fifth Avenue, and plenty of craic in the city's many Irish pubs. Rumour has it that the Empire State building goes green for the day, too. Visit

Australia might seem a long way to go to celebrate St Patrick's Day but the people of Sydney like to push the boat out. The St Patrick's Parade starts at is followed by a Family Day in Sydney's Hyde Park, featuring a children's area with bouncy castle, face-painting and storytelling, as well as Irish music, dance, food and drink.

San Francisco's 160th annual St Patrick's Day Parade featured an array of Irish culture in the form form of live performance and entertainment, arts and crafts, food and much more. Around 5000 participants attend - SF becomes one big party.

Montreal's parade is said to be the longest running St Patrick's Day parade in Canada - the city has hosted a parade every year since 1824. The flag of Montreal features a shamrock in the lower right corner to represent the city's considerable Irish population. Visit


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