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'Streets are empty but our hearts are full' - World leaders and celebs share St Patrick's Day messages


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17/03/2020, St Gallen Cathedral in the city of St Gallen in Switzerland, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Foto Lautenschlager GmbH

17/03/2020, St Gallen Cathedral in the city of St Gallen in Switzerland, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Foto Lautenschlager GmbH

17/03/2020, St Gallen Cathedral in the city of St Gallen in Switzerland, joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick. Pic – Foto Lautenschlager GmbH

ST Patrick's Day parades across the globe may be cancelled today, but a number of world leaders and political representatives have still celebrated the holiday by sharing messages online.

A day where streets around the world are usually awash with Irish flags and all things green, disappointment is felt everywhere now that many are staying home amid Covid-19 fears.

The world has taken to social media to wish each other a happy St Patrick's Day and share messages of encouragement to reassure the public that the world will overcome challenges presented by the pandemic.

President of Ireland Michael D Higgins

In his annual St Patrick's Day message, President Higgins urged the public to practice the values of St Patrick to overcome challenges cornavirus has posed.

"Today, as the world faces the global spread of the coronavirus we are called more than ever to follow the values embodied in the story of St Patrick," he said.

"Those values of solidarity and concern for the wellbeing of our fellow citizens will play a fundamental role in our effective confronting of the challenge with which we are now presented."

US Presidential candidate Joe Biden

My mom always said, "Being Irish is about faith, family, and courage." Today, we celebrate the strong role Irish-Americans have played in our communities, the strength of the US-Ireland relationship, and the ongoing values shared by our two nations. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

First Lady of the United States Melania Trump

First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump took to Twitter to wish everyone a happy St Patrick's Day.

"While things are different this year, and the focus is to keep each other safe & healthy, don’t forget to celebrate special events & occasions. Happy #StPatricksDay," she wrote.

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St Patrick's Day scenes in Temple bar Dublin this afternoon. Photo Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

17/03/20 St Patrick's Day scenes in Temple bar Dublin this afternoon. Photo Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

A virtually empty Burgh Quay in Dublin on St Patrick’s Day 2020.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath
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A virtually empty Burgh Quay in Dublin on St Patrick’s Day 2020.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 17/3/20

Aleksei Wishtibeew from Russia pictured on a virtually empty O Connell bridge in Dublin on St Patrick’s Day 2020.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath
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Aleksei Wishtibeew from Russia pictured on a virtually empty O Connell bridge in Dublin on St Patrick’s Day 2020.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 17/3/20

A Virtually empty Parnell Square East in Dublin on St Patrick’s Day 2020.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath
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A Virtually empty Parnell Square East in Dublin on St Patrick’s Day 2020.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 17/3/20

Ebenezer Laleye from Dunshaughlin pictured with his siblings, Naomi and Samuel on Dublin’s O Connell Street on St Patrick’s Day 2020.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath
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Ebenezer Laleye from Dunshaughlin pictured with his siblings, Naomi and Samuel on Dublin’s O Connell Street on St Patrick’s Day 2020.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 17/3/20

A virtually empty Talbot Street in Dublin on St Patrick’s Day 2020.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath
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A virtually empty Talbot Street in Dublin on St Patrick’s Day 2020.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 17/3/20

A virtually empty Dame Street in Dublin on St Patrick’s Day 2020.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath
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A virtually empty Dame Street in Dublin on St Patrick’s Day 2020.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 17/3/20

Dublin’s O Connell Street on St Patrick’s Day 2020.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath
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Dublin’s O Connell Street on St Patrick’s Day 2020.Picture Credit:Frank McGrath 17/3/20

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17/03/20 St Patrick's Day scenes in Temple bar Dublin this afternoon. Photo Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio

The St Patrick's Day parade has marched through the streets of New York for more than 250 years, with this year being the first ever exception.

Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio said: "The Irish immigrants who came to our shores were not strangers to struggles and uncertainty — but their indomitable spirit gave them the power to persevere.

"New York City’s streets may be empty this St. Patrick’s Day, but thanks to that very same spirit, our hearts are full."

Presenter Eamonn Holmes

Irish journalist and broadcaster Eamonn Holmes took to Twitter to mark St Patrick's Day, which is not only his father's "favourite day of the year" but today also marks his wife's Ruth Langsford's 60th birthday.

"March 17th, A doubly Special Day in My Calendar [sic]," he wrote.

"My late Father's Favourite day of the year. I remember you even more so today Dad for making St Pat Special for us as kids."

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

The Canadian Prime Minister also urged the public to celebrate St Patrick's Day this year "a wee bit differently".

"Whether you’re a Canadian of Irish descent or simply Irish for the day, let’s celebrate St Patrick's Day a wee bit differently this year... from home.

"With some social distancing we’ll get through this, and we’ll have another reason to celebrate later, together," he wrote on Twitter.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin

In a message shared on social media, Fianna Fáil's Micheal Martin said: "I'm conscious that this is St Patrick's Day, St Patrick's Day with a difference because of the onset of Covid-19.

"I think it represents an opportunity to enjoy the day with your family, to go out there and walk and enjoy the environment and the landscape and to remember that we are one strong community."

Sir Paul McCartney

Singer Paul McCartney urged the world to remain positive during these uncertain times.

"Even in difficult times like these, let’s wish each other a happy St Patrick's Day," he wrote.

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Michelle O'Neill

"Happy St Patrick's Day to everybody. This year we need to do St Patrick's different," Sinn Féin's Michelle O'Neill said in a video posted online.

"We are trying to stop the spread of Covid-19. So this year, please no pub gatherings, no get togethers, just do it differenlty. Next year, we can have a bigger, better and brilliant St Patrick's Day. But this year, we are going to put our families and everyone else around us first and ourselves."

Celtic FC

Legendary Celtic FC goalkeeper Packie Bonner recounted on his early years growing up in Donegal for the day that is it in it, describing his childhood as "a wonderful upbringing".

"I go back there in the summer and the first thing I want to do is go to the shore and go for a walk.

"My dad was a big storyteller, he loved people coming to the house.

"It was a very very close knit community out in the country.

"There were no locks on the doors, football was our life also because it was all the sport we had, we just played football, both gaelic and soccer," he said.

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