Saint Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on March 17, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.
A rip in the fabric of time was how yesterday felt – as though all clocks whirred back to the pre-Covid era when buoyant crowds of strangers, cheering and laughing, were the norm and the phrase “super-spreader” had never been thought of.
Healthcare heroes and Ukraine’s fight for freedom were the dominant themes as St Patrick’s Day parades across Ireland attracted their biggest crowds in years, with an estimated 1.5 million people attending.
Ireland’s first St Patrick's Day parade began at the eye-wateringly early hour of 6am today in Dingle - but revellers starved of celebrating the wearing of the green for three years are set to party into the early hours of Sunday morning as part an unique four-day national celebration.
The Irish accent is consistently voted one of the most attractive in the world, yet even some of the world’s finest actors have trouble with it. Leonardo DiCaprio tried, as did Julia Roberts (twice), and dare we even mention Brad Pitt?
The return of the St Patrick’s Day parade to Dublin is cause for great excitement – and just to make sure the crowds don’t get too carried away, city centre off-licences have been asked not to sell alcohol before 4pm.
What’s in a name? When it comes to our national feast day and the celebration of our patron saint, it would appear that the answers are more complicated than the question. For example, if someone calls it merely “Paddy’s Day” there is a good chance they are from Dublin. If someone insists on referring to it as “St Patrick’s Day” there is a good chance that they are Catholic and rural.
It was one of the first casualties of the pandemic. But this year the shamrocking is back as the country celebrates St Patrick’s Day. But just as excitement builds so does the number of Covid-19 cases. There are fears the celebrations will push up infections even more.
Emphasising the importance of collaboration and partnership in the global business environment, particularly in a time of turmoil, Enterprise Ireland is marking St. Patrick’s Day by hosting a global series of trade events to boost business collaboration with international partners.
There is only one country in the world that has a standing meeting with the United States of America – Ireland. And there is only one European country with every major global tech company based within its borders – also Ireland.
Paddy Fay stands at Drumcondra Road Bridge, overlooking the Royal Canal in Dublin, with his hands entwined, as if in quiet prayer. He’s dressed in his finest Sunday suit, wearing freshly shined shoes. And although his soft blue eyes can’t see any more, Paddy knows the bridge well; he used to sleep rough under it for years.
What is it that makes a hotel bar so appealing? Is it the whisper of excitement or air of travel ? Is it the often-luxurious setting, where people dress up for a glass of something special and the lighting makes models of us all?
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