St Patrick’s Day in Ireland

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I haven't yet enjoyed St. Patrick's Day in Ireland.  One day I will.  To give us an idea of how the Irish celebrate their St. Patrick's Day, I asked Eoin Ó Conchúir to share his thoughts and images.  Eoin is a native Irishman who lives in Luimneach (Limerick) Ireland where, among other things, he teaches the Irish language via his website Bitesize Irish Gaelic.

St. Patrick's Day in IrelandGrowing up in Ireland, St. Patrick's Day was always what I would call a local affair.

A Real Irish Leprechaun

Before going to mass that day, we would go outside and look for growing shamrock. That stuff is muddy (and I'm not sure that it always was real shamrock!).

St Patrick's Day Parade in Ireland

After mass would be the local parade. These still go on today.

A Bit of Texas in an Ireland St Patrick's Day Parade

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Dhuit, ya'll!

St. Patrick's Day in Ireland, for the community, revolves around the local parade. It's the chance for kids to march with their school group, or their musical group, or whatever it is.

St Patrick's Day Parade in Ireland

It's also the day many of the tractors get an outing – pulling along an open-top trailer with a group of musicians playing some traditional Irish music.

Music is central to an Irish St Patrick's day

In the past decade, it's also been a chance for Ireland's new emigrant communities to show their local involvement. It's great to see Polish, Nigerian, Chinese and other communities wearing some green for the day.

Everyone is Irish on St Patrick's Day

Since we're talking about the middle of March in Ireland, I can't neglect the fact that weather can either be beautiful sunny, or bitterly harsh hailstones.

St Patrick's Day in Ireland

The day ends with the 6 o'clock new on the television – giving highlights of the different tractors that made outings throughout Ireland (and further afield) on Saint Patrick's Day.

Wearing o' the Green, St Patrick's Day, Ireland

Tip: If you would like to prepare for the day, learn some Irish language sayings for St. Patrick's Day over at Bitesize Irish Gaelic.

Photo credit: Eoin Ó Conchúir


Jody Halsted
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