This annual family-friendly festival in Ardmore, Co Waterford has at its heart the age-old tradition of honoring the local Patron Saint, St Declan, but its revival in recent years has seen it become a week-long celebration of all that’s good about our wonderful seaside village. The festival now includes live music, fireworks, drama, street entertainment, an air display, powerboat racing, cookery demonstrations by celebrity chefs, talks by some of the country’s most prominent people and more.
The word ‘Pattern’ is a derivation of ‘Patrun’, the Irish word for Patron. St Declan is the Patron Saint of Ardmore and the ‘Pattern Festival’ is based around his Feast Day, the 24th July.
What kinds of events take place during the Festival?
The Festival has something for everyone. For the kids there are art and craft workshops, puppet shows, face-painting, sandcastle competitions, fancy dress, storytelling and more. For teenagers, we’ve got live music, a penalty shoot-out, watersports and other sporting events. And for parents and everyone else, you’ll find drama, music, cookery demos, fireworks, an air display, street entertainment, magic, wrestling, a song contest, guided tours of the village and its surroundings and much more. Click here to find out more about what we’ve got planned this year.
How do I get to Ardmore?
Click here for a map. The village is very easy to find as it’s just a couple of miles off the N25 that runs between Cork and Waterford. It’s also well served by Bus Eireann, whose site you can visit here.
Where can I find out about accommodation in Ardmore?
We have put together all the information we currently have regarding accommodation in and around the village here. If you provide accommodation and you’d like to be added please get in touch.
Is there an ATM in the village?
No, currently there is no ATM in the village, nor is there a bank. Please remember this if you are visiting.
Are there traffic diversions during the festival?
Yes there are minor diversions as we close off the square in front of St Declan’s Church. There is also a one way system in place during busy periods. You can view our traffic management plan and our road closure map by clicking below:
traffic plan 2013
road closure map
Do I need to buy tickets for the Pattern Festival?
No. We have over 70 events lined up and the vast majority are free. All you have to do is turn up. Currently only three events are ticketed. These are:
- ‘The Celtic Tenors’ in St Declan’s Church, Thursday 25 July
- ‘Neven Maguire’ in St Declan’s Hall, Tues 23 July
- ‘The Sand Park’ A play by Seamus O’Rourke in St Declan’s Hall, Mon 22 July.
For more information on ticketed events, please click here.