St Patrick’s Festival is delighted to announce the Dublin Branch of the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) as Official Accommodation Partner for the festival. The partnership celebrates the enormous contribution that the festival makes to Irish culture and tourism and the role Dublin hotels play in extending a very warm Irish welcome to millions of visitors to the city each year, ensuring they have a truly memorable experience.

Mark Scott-Lennon, Chairman, IHF Dublin Branch and Conor O’Kane, Vice-Chairman presenting a cheque for €30,000 to Susan Kirby, CEO, St. Patrick’s Festival.

Commenting on the announcement, Conor O’Kane, Vice-Chairman, IHF Dublin Branch said: “We are excited to be partnering with St Patrick’s Festival to celebrate all that is unique about Ireland and Dublin. Since its launch in 1996, the festival has grown from strength to strength, providing an unprecedented platform to showcase Ireland’s heritage and culture with energy and creativity. St Patrick’s Festival is a key partner for the tourism industry and we look forward to ensuring its continued success as one the greatest national celebrations in the world.”

Susan Kirby, St. Patrick’s Festival CEO commented:St Patrick’s Festival is delighted to welcome the IHF Dublin Branch as Official Accommodation Partner. The partnership includes a financial contribution from Dublin branch members along with a benefit in kind package including accommodation support for festival artists and performers. This support will mean that we can continue to develop and grow one of Ireland’s most important National festivals. It is a fantastic endorsement by the IHF in supporting our ambitions for the Festival.”

Mark Scott-Lennon, Chairman, IHF Dublin Branch said: “On behalf of our members, I would like to thank the organisers and team behind St Patrick’s Festival. Their dedication and enthusiasm are key to the festival’s success, delivering an unforgettable experience for visitors and spectators every year. From a tourism perspective, the festival is a major highlight of our calendar. It generates a significant boost for the hospitality sector in Dublin and further afield, with more than 500,000 people attending the Festival Parade alone and some 37% of visitors coming from overseas.”

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St. Patrick’s Festival’s principal funders are Fáilte Ireland, Dublin City Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Its aim is to develop a major annual international festival around the national holiday over which the Irish people can stand proud. It reflects the talents and achievements of Irish people on national and world stages, showcasing the skills of every age and social background. The first St. Patrick’s Festival was held over one day and night, on March 17th 1996. Preparation used to take five months, but with its subsequent growth, it now takes 18 months to plan for Ireland’s biggest annual celebration.


St Patrick’s Festival
Kerryann Conway / kerryann@conwaycommunications.ie
Louise Keogh / louise@conwaycommunications.ie

Irish Hotels Federation
Sean Lawless / SLawless@webershandwick.com
Tel: +353 1 679 8600 / Mob: +353 85 1167 640


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