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How to celebrate St Patrick's Day in Rome

A quick guide to St Patrick's Day events in Rome.

St Patrick's Day, the annual celebration in honour of Ireland's patron saint, is marked in many countries around the world each year, including Italy.

There are numerous St Patrick's Day-themed events taking place in Rome ahead of the day itself, 17 March, which falls on a Sunday this year.

Rome Hibernia GAA have organised the Cormac Cup, a tournament of Gaelic football with male and female teams from Rome and Milan participating. The sporting event will take place at 09.00 on Saturday 9 March at the Centro Sportivo Certosa on Via di Centocelle 246.

The next day, Sunday 10 March, the Rome Verde Clean Up takes place, with the meeting point at Piramide Cestia at 11.00. The embassy of Ireland in partnership with Retake Roma has organised a clean-up event to contribute to urban renewal through “greening” a corner of Rome.

Later that day, the Casa della Cultura irlandese is organising a Pop-up Gaeltacht with Bingo at the Druid’s Den. All levels of Irish-language speakers are welcome at the event, which will be held at the Druid's Den pub from 18.30 on Sunday 10 March, with Irish-themed prizes to be won at Bingo.

The Irish Club of Rome is hosting a St Patrick's Day party on Saturday 16 March, from 20.00, at Lyo on Corso Vittorio Emanule. The event, which is open to all, promises plenty of music, dancing and revellery. Tickets can be reserved until 11 March via Eventbrite

For those who plan to raise a toast to St Patrick with a pint of Guinness, the best Irish pubs in Rome include Scholars Lounge - which has six bands performing live throughout the day followed by two dj sets - as well as Camden Town, the Druid’s Den, the Fiddler’s ElbowFinnegan’s and The Shamrock, all located in the city centre.

There will be added excitement in the city's Irish bars over the St Patrick's weekend with the final round of the Six Nations rugby tournament, with Ireland facing Scotland on 16 March.

On the day itself, there will be a Mass for Lá Fhéile Pádraig at St Patrick's Church on Via Boncompagni 31 at 10.30 on Sunday 17 March.

All are welcome to the event which each year sees Rome’s Irish community and friends of Ireland unite in a nostalgic chorus of Hail Glorious, St Patrick.

Cover image: The Colosseum in Rome lit up in green in honour of St Patrick's Day in 2019. Tourism Ireland not longer promotes the Global Greening of international landmarks.

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