Saint Patrick’s Day-Themed Cities Around the World, Mapped

Parades, festivals, and pub crawls may be the norm each year on Saint Patrick’s Day. But the March 17th holiday is also a religious one, originally intended to honor the c. 461 death of a patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick.

Regardless of how you celebrate, the cities that turn up the most on Saint Patrick’s Day may be those with related names—and they’re not only in Ireland.

While there are no cities named “Leprechaun” (unfortunately), there are 101 cities with names like Shamrock, Clover, Luck, and Ireland located across countries from America to Zimbabwe, as you’ll see on the map below.

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Dublin, Shamrock, & Other Popular City Names

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There are 101 cities on the map, yet we included just 10 unique Saint Patrick’s Day-related names. That means that while these cities are located in different countries, continents, and even hemispheres… the one thing they have in common is their name:

  • Dublin – 24 cities
  • Shamrock – 13
  • Limerick – 11
  • Clover – 10
  • Rainbow – 9
  • Patrick – 8
  • Ireland – 8
  • Lucky – 7
  • Luck – 6
  • Saint Patrick – 5

Dublin is by far the most popular Saint Patrick’s Day-themed city name, with 24 cities around the world sharing the name of Ireland’s capital and largest city.

Welcome to Dublin, Texas Sign (Dublin, Texas)

The majority (18) of the other Dublins are located throughout the U.S., especially in the East. You’ll find many of them in the Southeast: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Virginia. Meanwhile, there are also Dublins in Northeastern states like Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Many of these U.S. Dublins were established by Irish settlers, hence the name. They may be more concentrated in the East as at the time of Irish migration to the U.S., port cities like Pennsylvania and New York were quite popular.

There is also a Dublin in Australia, Sierra Leone, and two in Belarus.

On the same continent as the U.S. is Limerick, Saskatchewan in Canada.

You can see the rest of the cities named Limerick, Shamrock, and the others when you sort the map above by City.

Countries with the Most St. Patty’s Day Cities

While the U.S. is home to 18 Dublins, it’s also home to 61 more cities with Saint Patrick’s Day-related names, for a little over 78% of the total. This includes all of the cities on the map named Shamrock and Clover.

The most (six) are concentrated in Ohio: Clover, Dublin, Ireland, Limerick, Rainbow, and Saint Patrick. This is followed by Texas (Dublin, Ireland, Patrick, Rainbow, and Shamrock) and Pennsylvania (Dublin, Clover, Limerick, Lucky, and Shamrock) with five each.

Meanwhile, more countries than the U.S. have multiple Saint Patrick’s Day-themed cities. Not surprisingly, Ireland has four: two large cities named Dublin and Limericks, along with two smaller towns with the two same names.

Another European country, Slovakia, has three cities also of the same name: Lucky in Banska Bystrica, Lucky in Kosice, and Lucky in Zilina.

That leaves Lesotho, Isle of Man, Belarus, and Australia all with two. Additionally, Albania, Canada, Czech Republic, Poland, Sierra Leone, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe are home to one.

You can be festive regardless of whether you live near a holiday-themed city. One way to get into the spirit is through color—and then why not put it on a map?

Change Your Map Marker Colors

Maps can certainly help you gain geographic insights into your data. But that’s not the only pro of mapping. Most data has a topic or theme, like our Saint Patrick’s Day-themed cities or the Olympics. You can maintain your map’s cohesive narrative by customizing your map marker color.

If you’re mapping St. Patty’s Day data, it would be fitting to change the marker colors to various shades of green, gold, and all the colors of the rainbow. There are many similar cases in which your marker color can help in conveying your data.

See how BatchGeo gives you control over the story you tell with your location data, right down to how they’re styled.