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Time to put sneering aside and start getting humble

No longer sure what it means to be Irish, Louis Jacob is quite certain it doesn't mean getting trashed on Paddy's Day

Published 13/03/2011 | 05:00

IS anyone else in two minds as to how Paddy's Day should be approached this year? As someone who lives abroad, I struggle with it at the best of times, but after the year we've just had, I'm completely at a loss.

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Unlike us, the Poles like to take their religious holidays seriously. At Halloween families usually maintain a sombre vigil at the graves of their ancestors.

At Christmas alcohol is a non-starter in most houses and there are very strict traditions to be upheld. It's allowed at Easter because it is a time to rejoice -- and, boy, can they drink. But once again Easter is a time for family.

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