Friday 23 June 2017

I used to sneer at the celebrations on St Patrick's Day - until I celebrated it with diaspora in Uganda

A racegoer in St Patrick's Day fancy dress during the Cheltenham Festival. Photo: Reuters
A racegoer in St Patrick's Day fancy dress during the Cheltenham Festival. Photo: Reuters
Miriam Donohoe

Miriam Donohoe

I used to be that cynic who sneered at the sight of green wigs and leprechauns on St Patrick's Day. And I looked down on the shenanigans of the Irish living abroad at this time of the year.

I also questioned the value of sending practically the entire Cabinet to far-flung places around the globe. This was nothing more than a good old ministerial "jolly', and an excuse to party at taxpayers' expense.

But having had a taste of living in Africa for eight months last year, and being there for St Patrick's week, my view on how we celebrate our national day abroad has changed.

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