There are at least 150 special events in Dublin this year connected with the millennium celebrations. Among the more notable happenings:
St. Patrick's Day parade, March 17. Always an important event, this year it will be bigger and better than ever, with 100 floats, more than 1,000 drum majorettes and at least 100,000 spectators lining the parade route through the heart of the city and up O'Connell Street. Starts at 11 a.m.
Viking Adventure Center, opening St. Patrick's Day. A re-created street scene showing Dublin life as it was in 988 A.D., along with other exhibits tracing the Viking era in Ireland. At St. Audoen's Church, High Street.
Millennium Walking Tours, May 15-Oct. 15. Special two-hour guided walking tours tracing 1,000 years of Dublin's history, three times a day Monday through Saturday and once on Sunday. Meet at the Millennium Office on Royal Hibernian Way, off Grafton Street.
Dublin Delineated, June 1-Sept. 30. An exhibition of drawings and other documents surveying the changing face of Dublin over three centuries, National Library, Kildare Street.
Dublin -- the Writers' City, June 13-26. A two-week literary festival of lectures, readings and plays at various venues throughout the city, all aimed at celebrating Dublin's enormous contribution to literature.
Dublin Music Festival, June 17-19. Annual feast of choral music in the National Concert Hall.
Millennium Street Carnival, July 9. The biggest street party ever held in Dublin, with wandering musicians, entertainers, clowns, open-air concerts, food stalls and the like all over town. The culmination will be a massive fireworks display (either at Dublin Harbour or St. Stephen's Green).Dublin Theater Festival, Sept. 26-Oct. 9. Annual festival of plays, by new and established Irish playwrights, and by companies from all over the world. Details of productions will not be released until June.
Emerald Isle Classic American Football Game, Nov. 19. West Point takes on Boston College in the first match between American college teams on Irish soil, at Lansdowne Road Stadium, Ballsbridge.