Friday 9 December 2016

Keeping a safe distance from 'the craic' on St Patty's Day

John Daly

Published 17/03/2016 | 02:30

A general view of the crowd during the 2015 St Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin
A general view of the crowd during the 2015 St Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin

Being honest about it, March 17 is not one of my favourite days. Too much fake Celtic jollity combined with tidal waves of alcohol have long made it a date where keeping a safe distance from 'the craic' is my preferred position.

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In recent times, it has become a day more about devotion to alcohol rather than our patron saint - an unappealing fact abundantly visible as 'the wearing of the green' takes its toll. My aversion was further enhanced recently when I spied yet another lurid green T-shirt in the city centre - 'Make St Patty's Day Great Again', it screamed - over an image of Donald Trump, complete with ridiculous bowler hat and swilling a pint of beer.

Bad enough that he's promised to deport the 50,000 undocumented Irish when he's elected president, even worse that he's actually teetotal. And while we're at it, can we petition the White House about banning the Yank-ism 'St Patty's Day'?

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