Here’s something you may already know: on St Patrick’s Day, March 17, the world goes green. People go green, places go green. Even pets go green.
Of course, being the greenest place of all, it makes sense that when we celebrate our Patron Saint, the island of Ireland hosts a very big, very beautiful and very green party.
Described by Lonely Planet as "The mother of all Irish festivals", Dublin’s four-day celebration is a heady mix of ceilís (traditional Irish dances), foodie gatherings, tours, treasure hunts and more. At its heart is the city centre parade where tens of thousands of clover-clad revellers sing, dance, mingle and make some serious memories.
A word to the wise: Dublin isn’t the only place in Ireland that parties on St Patrick’s Day. Dingle’s dwellers start early with the day’s first parade at 6am, while Belfast, Galway, Cork and Derry-Londonderry all host festivals that would make any heart glow green with pride.
But just in case you don’t make it to Ireland, the greenest place of all on March 17, remember this: we’ll be throwing another party next year, and the year after that, and the year after that, and… you get the picture. For now, though, we’ll simply say:
Beannachtaí Lá Fhéile Phádraig daoibh go léir – Happy St Patrick’s Day!
There are only two kinds of people in the world, the Irish and those who wish they were.