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Video: What does St Patrick's Day mean to you?

Independent.ie took to the streets of Dublin to ask the public what exactly St Patrick's Day means to them.

Should it remain as a national public holiday? Do parades still resonate with the Irish public?

We talked to men and women in Dublin's city centre to hear their views.

“It means a day off for me now. I used to come into town with friends but now I feel town is so busy, I’d rather stay at home,” one woman said.

For those living abroad though, perhaps the day still holds a place in their heart.

"[I] lived in America for years, and I used to take a day off because it was very special to me because I am Irish. So when I’m here now, I like to go to the parade. I love the Americans coming over here and seeing all the different nationalities," another woman said.

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