Each year Ireland receives more visitors than it has residents: about 7.3 billion. If you are taking an early spring break to be one of the many guests going to Ireland over St. Patrick’s Day this year, you will not have a shortage of events to enjoy. In 1995 the St. Patrick’s Day Festival was established by the Irish government in Dublin. What started as a one day celebration is now a four day festival that takes 18 months to plan and prepare for.
St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17 but the St. Patrick’s Day festivities begin March 16 and continue through March 19. A few events taking place for the festival include a St. Patrick walking tour, treasure hunt, 5k road race, Irish craft beer festival, Dublin University boat races and of course a parade. The Grand Marshal of the 2012 St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin is Irish football legend John Giles.
Thirty six percent of those that attend the festival are overseas visitors. If you are making the journey to this Celtic land to participate in the St. Patrick’s Day festival you will want to make sure you have St. Patrick’s Day Travel Insurance. With St. Patrick’s Day Travel Insurance you can purchase a minimum of five days and are able to select your deductible and coverage amount. For the last-minute traveler, same day coverage is available. This plan will provide comprehensive illness and injury coverage worldwide while outside of your home country. A few benefits included in this plan are repatriation of remains, emergency medical evacuation, common carrier accidental death, political evacuation, trip interruption, hospital room and board, doctor visits, lost luggage, prescription medication and much more. For more information on this plan or to purchase the St. Patrick’s Day Travel Insurance contact one of our licensed agents today.