Published on March 7th, 2022 | by Alan Dwyer0
Dublin Airport to Sponsor the St. Patrick’s Festival as New Parking Charges Get Green Light
Dublin Airport is expecting over 720,000 passengers to pass through the airport in a ten day period from Saturday 12th March to 22nd March as part of the extended celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day. The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘CONNECTIONS’, as St. Patrick’s Festival invites Ireland and the world to reconnect in Dublin after the challenges of recent years. St. Patrick’s Festival 2022 will be a huge celebration, encouraging the nation and people across the world to connect and reflect, get together, celebrate and welcome. The National St. Patrick’s Day Parade will return to the streets of Dublin on 17th March and a new addition for 2022 is Festival Quarter at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, a day to night urban festival in the heart of the city, which will host a variety of events and activities suitable for young and old alike.
On Saturday 19th March, Dublin Airport is the sponsor of the festival’s daytime family-friendly entertainment and activities, including music, theatre, games, entertainment, and play. That evening Dublin Airport will also support a ticketed event for adults, with comedy, music, panel discussions, gigs, poetry, performances and much more.
Commenting on the upcoming festival, the St. Patrick’s Festival Director, Anna McGowan said, “As Ireland finally throws open its doors to international travel, St. Patrick’s Festival is thrilled to welcome Dublin Airport onboard once again as a Programme Partner in 2022. This longstanding partnership celebrates and nurtures the incredible wealth of talent and creativity that Ireland has to offer. ‘Saturday at Festival Quarter in partnership with Dublin Airport’ will feature a packed programme of activities running from day to night, from circus acts to science shows, talks, cutting-edge electronic music, stand-up comedy, story workshops and so much more. Our 2022 theme of ‘Connections’ is all about embracing the bonds that unite families, friends, and communities across Ireland, while also exploring the unbreakable ties that bind Ireland’s global tribe of 80 million. Our partnership with Dublin Airport celebrates the ways in which our global community connects with our small island, particularly after the long period of isolation that we have collectively weathered. We are over the moon to finally invite Ireland and the world back to Dublin to reconnect in a global celebration of Irish arts, culture and heritage, and we are so grateful to Dublin Airport for their support in making this happen”.
Also commenting was the Managing Director Dublin Airport, Vincent Harrison who added, “We have always been incredibly proud to partner with the St Patrick’s Festival, but this year feels particularly special. Dublin Airport prides itself on connecting Ireland to the rest of the world and we are excited to see people connect and celebrate in gusto for the first time since 2019”.
The daa has received the green light from Fingal County Council to install a new paid drop-off and pick-up zone at Dublin Airport. The Airport Authority had applied for permission to adjust the internal road network to allow for the new zones to be placed at Terminal 1 and 2. The work for the new access areas will not commence until late in 2022 and the paid access to the drop-off and pick-up zones will come into place during 2023.
A spokesman for Dublin Airport has said that “as part of our ‘Sustainability’ agenda, the new system aims to reduce car journeys to and from the airport and to encourage passengers to make greater use of public transport. Commercial funds raised by the new system will be ringfenced for sustainability initiatives at the airport, including a proposed solar farm, the conversion of our car park and staff shuttle bus fleet from diesel to low emission vehicles and the installation of more electric vehicle charging points. A free drop off and pick up option will continue to be available after the new zones have been introduced at a new dedicated area in the Express Red long-term car park.”