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.
Irish politics is broken. Forget hopeful declarations about the “centre holding”. Populism is our only ideology, with policy positions dictated by fingers held aloft in the air — or, worse, pressed on smartphones and Twitter.
The thing with lists is that you’re as much lambasted for what you include as for what you leave out, but I distinctly remember having pangs of guilt for not including certain albums ten years ago this month when I wrote 101 Irish Records (You Must Hear Before You Die).
Colour and creativity traditionally mark this week apart as the nation comes together and opens its borders to wherever green is worn. However, to pretend the usual zest for the occasion was present in a population drained by the pandemic would be a push.
St Patrick’s Day offers an unrivalled opportunity to showcase Irish business innovation to a US audience, highlighting the ‘Irish Advantage’. The traditional meeting between the Taoiseach and US President is taking place virtually this year, leveraging our important ties and connectivity with our trans-Atlantic neighbour more than ever.
While there may be no physical parades taking place across Cork this St Patricks Day, Cork County Council have announced details of a number of virtual St Patrick's Day activities, including the greening of many public buildings along with a range of local events marking our National Day, many of which are supported by the local authority.
There may be no parades this year, but that doesn’t mean St Patrick’s Day should pass without our traditional fare. One thing we can really enjoy on this strange version of our most famous day is the food. Irish stew, barmbrack and soda bread are all proof of our rich culinary heritage that continues to stand the test of time, particularly during a year when we need to rely on the comfort of familiarity more than ever. As it’s our first year at home for the occasion since moving from LA, I’m looking forward to showing our little Californian-born boys what a real Irish Paddy’s Day tastes like. The highlight of moving home has been rediscovering the quality of Irish ingredients.
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