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Happy St. Patricks Day!!

Travel Forums General Talk Happy St. Patricks Day!!

1. Posted by Buffalo (Full Member 120 posts) 7y

Right everyone knows what happens in Ireland on the 17th of March - big booze up, lots of tourists, parades around the country, everyone dressed in green, etc!! Do you gys do anything special to celebrate St. Patricks Day?? Just interested to know!!

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Montreal has the longest-running St. Paddy's Day parade in North America, and our city flag even sports a shamrock. The city will go green this Sunday!

3. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

I have to say that I don't. My parents were both born in Ireland and I've always loathed caricature 'Oirishness', whether that be the Pogues, fronted by an Englishman who was educated at Winchester 'public' school, or this plague of theme pubs that has spread across the globe. Oh and I can't stand U2 either. The whole thing 'Paddy's Day' thing is just an excuse for people with very tenuous connections to Ireland to indulge in a lot of drunken stereotyping of Irish people.

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Quoting Buzzcock

I have to say that I don't. My parents were both born in Ireland and I've always loathed caricature 'Oirishness', whether that be the Pogues, fronted by an Englishman who was educated at Winchester 'public' school, or this plague of theme pubs that has spread across the globe. Oh and I can't stand U2 either. The whole thing 'Paddy's Day' thing is just an excuse for people with very tenuous connections to Ireland to indulge in a lot of drunken stereotyping of Irish people.

Hey! My other half's a full-fledged Irish ex-pat, and nothing makes him prouder or feel more at home that participating in so-called Irish stereotypes. He plays Gaelic and is anxious to walk in the parade. I know he misses home a lot sometimes, and it makes him feel more connected to be with other ex-pats and to show off his roots. Isn't that what we all want, in the end? To feel connected to one another and feel good about it?

I would buy you a beer to cheer you up, if I could!

5. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

Quoting tway

I would buy you a beer to cheer you up, if I could!

I'll have a pint of Hoegaarden.

6. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

Quoting Buzzcock

I have to say that I don't. My parents were both born in Ireland and I've always loathed caricature 'Oirishness', whether that be the Pogues, fronted by an Englishman who was educated at Winchester 'public' school, or this plague of theme pubs that has spread across the globe. Oh and I can't stand U2 either. The whole thing 'Paddy's Day' thing is just an excuse for people with very tenuous connections to Ireland to indulge in a lot of drunken stereotyping of Irish people.

I'm not irish at all. not one person in my family tree is the least bit irish. I know I know we're probably the only american family on the east coast that can say that.

That being said...it's still a reason to go out for a massive sesh, get on the fookin' craic and get steamin' pissed! it's fookin grand... to be sure to be sure.