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Joint memo from Dublin City Council and An Garda Síochána Re: St. Patrick’s Day 2022

  • Fri 04 March, 2022

We have been asked to pass along the below communication from An Garda Síochána and Dublin City Council with regard to St Patrick’s Day, 17th March:

St. Patrick’s Day 17th of March 2022 is expected to be an extremely busy day in terms of footfall in the City Centre – particularly given that no parade has taken place since 2019 and also with the scheduling of an extra public holiday which falls on the day after the Parade/festivities.

In order to make the day safe for patrons/customers and your staff coming into the City on the 17th of March 2022, all businesses at the locations listed below (in particular Pub and Restaurant/Café and Convenience/Coffee Shop owners and management) are requested to do the following:

Parnell Square East, O’Connell Street East
Westmoreland Street both sides of the street
College Green/Dame Street both sides of the street
Suffolk Street including behind the white wooden fence
Dame Court, Dame Lane and South William Street both sides of street
Lord Edward Street both sides of the street
Patrick Street both sides of the street
Kevin Street both sides of the street
Cuffe Street both sides of the street
Entire Temple Bar Area, including Temple Bar Square and within the following specific areas; Westmoreland Street to Parliament Street/Essex Gate, Dame Street to the South Quays, including Temple Bar Square.

All street furniture and temporary outdoor structures at the above locations should be removed from the public realm on the 16th of March 2022 and should not be reinstated until the 18th of March 2022.

This request is to ensure safe movement and safe capacity for patrons/customers coming in to the City on St Patrick’s Day for both the parade and the busy festivities afterwards and is considered to be a critical safety requirement by St. Patrick’s Festival Organisers, Dublin City Council, An Garda Síochána and Dublin Fire Brigade. The request will also ensure emergency access can be maintained in the areas concerned.

Pubs and restaurants/cafés/shops throughout the City Centre, particularly at the locations identified above, that are selling alcohol, are requested to ensure that they have sufficient door staff working on the day to ensure that no alcohol bought on their premises is taken out onto the street for consumption. If a drink is bought on your premises it must be consumed only on that premises. There will be no on street drinking permitted on the day, insofar as can practically be enforced by An Garda Síochána. Businesses putting the required management arrangements in place will assist greatly in preventing this problem and ultimately should lead to easier access to all businesses throughout the City Centre on the day. As has always been the case in recent years where a parade has taken place, off licences throughout the City should not sell alcohol on the 17th of March 2022 until after 4pm. This will also assist in the prevention of on street drinking in the City Centre area.

Click here to view the signed memo (including a map of included areas in red).