It's not too late to celebrate St Patrick's Day on the Emerald Isle

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No weekend plans? Book a last-minute trip to Dublin or Cork and celebrate St Patrick's Day in the most authentic way...

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In case it had escaped you Sunday, 17 March is St Patrick's Day and what better way to celebrate than hopping across to the Emerald Isle itself.

It's not too late to book a break - so with the luck of the Irish on your side indulge in the craic, sip the Liffey water, deck yourself in green and don your shamrock hat. You just know it will all be grand.

Dublin

Our first suggestion takes you to Dublin; to the heart of the action, to the small capital that talks big (and a lot) and to where the charisma oozes from the people and into the city itself.

Last year, an estimated 500,000 revellers flocked to the witty city to celebrate with all the fine folk there and this year, Dublin is putting a spin on its annual parade by allowing 8,000 people from around the world to participate in the ceremony. With an irish jig ringing in your ears you can watch the march down historic streets and join the party.

Oh and that's not all. For those who want to escape the be-hatted mob, Grafton Street is a shopper's delight and, as a city of playwrights and history, it's bursting with cultural offerings too.

Expedia.co.uk is offering 2 nights at the three star Ballsbridge Hotel, situated in the heart of Dublin city, for £452 per person, based on two sharing a classic twin room and return flights with BA.

Cork

A medley of irregular 17th century alleys, "look at me" Georgian facades and sleek, glittering lines in the form of glassy modern edifices such as the opera house makes Cork a unique and interesting place.

But it's not all good looks and bold buildings; the Irish charm is definitely present in abundance and spills from cosy pubs with live music and out onto the streets. Named as one of the top 10 best cities to visit by the Lonely Planet in 2010, Cork is slowly creeping out from Dublin's shadow to offer galleries, restaurants, bars and shops to rival the capital itself.

And on St Patrick's Day weekend? Well, of course Cork offers a parade and festival of its own with all the fun and fabulous entertainment that anyone could ever possibly want. With the celebrations perhaps on a smaller scale than the Dublin, the friendly upside is laughs and lively locals practically guaranteed.

Expedia is offering 2 nights at the four star Radisson Blue Hotel and Spa, Cork, is £423 per person, based on two sharing a standard double room and return flights with Aer Lingus.

For more suggestions on what to see and do in Ireland please follow this link.

What are you doing to celebrate St Patrick's Day? Do you prefer the sound of Dublin or Cork?

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