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51. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

One day to go !!!! Hope you'll all be wearing green ....

Ev - are you coming to Dublin !!! you know you want to !!

52. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

My great-grandmother was born in Ireland...so I'll be wearing green. Isn't anyone wearing purple for St.Urho's? Or is that a strange Yooper/finlander custom?)

53. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Quoting Raven

One day to go !!!! Hope you'll all be wearing green ....

Ev - are you coming to Dublin !!! you know you want to !!

Apparently I'm going to a hostel in Kerry now. But I might be coming to Dublin in a couple of weekends time Nikki - leave April 9th free for a session!

54. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Quoting isadora

Quoting areinstein

Of course, I would always suggest for you to come here...free place to stay, cant beat that...beautiful beaches, good night life, the Everglades, the Florida Keys, Orlando (more of a tourist trap), etc etc. Other than that if you are hitting the West Coast of the US one thing I always wanted to do is drive the Pacific Coast highway from Sanfran to San Diego, I hear that is very beautiful...and of course, good old New York City, the most impressive US landmark. We could even pay a visit to Mr and Mrs Isadora while you are here...Joz can come down with her fawn and meet us there...

VISIT THE MIDWEST - REALLY - I'LL BE YOUR TRAVEL HELPER. Contrary to popular belief, it's not all corn and cows - except out all of my windows. Chicago - we could meet you there and show you the sights. Or, if you want to see corn and cows - our door is open.

You never know Isa - I might just do that. I'm most at home with cows in a field.

55. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

Be careful what you wish for Anne

You may find me on your doorstep complete with bottle of Jameson and Arran jumper

Hey, I will only let you in if you bring the booze

56. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

I think St. Patricks Day in Ireland will be very quiet this year. The Cheltenham Gold Cup (part of the world's greatest horse racing jump festival) is on the same day. For those that don't know the relevance of that, Cheltenham is in the UK and traditionally what seems like the whole of Ireland comes over for the festival. It's a case of last one to leave Ireland please turn the lights off.

57. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Alright, I was thinking about this last night. I know someone told me along the way the history behind St Patrick's day but it was probably at a bar, on St Pat's day, and I had one too many drinks so my memory is blank. I was thinking "St." probably means it is a religious holiday so why does everyone associate a "religious" holiday with going to the nearest Irish pub and indulge in the finest beer and alcohol around? Maybe it has something to do with blessing the Irish brewers and breweries...

(Wouldnt it just be easier to look it up?? Nahhh, I rather hear it from the Irish themselves).

58. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Alright, I was thinking about this last night. I know someone told me along the way the history behind St Patrick's day but it was probably at a bar, on St Pat's day, and I had one too many drinks so my memory is blank. I was thinking "St." probably means it is a religious holiday so why does everyone associate a "religious" holiday with going to the nearest Irish pub and indulge in the finest beer and alcohol around? Maybe it has something to do with blessing the Irish brewers and breweries...

(Wouldnt it just be easier to look it up?? Nahhh, I rather hear it from the Irish themselves).

59. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Well Anne...firstly on behalf of the Irish people I would like to thank you for taking an interest. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. What most people dont realise it that he was a total stoner. He used to kick back every evening when he was finished doing his saintly rounds, healing people etc. with a big fat spliff and get nicely toasted.

During one of his many smoking sessions he had a hallucination - he dreamt that he was surrounded by snakes - big massive hissing snakes - anyway, he had a bit of a meltdown and totally lost it! He grabbed his crozier and started taking swipes at the imaginary creatures - when he had finished wrecking his own pad, he ran out into the streets roaring and shouting like a mad-man. While he was rampaging up and down the streets he caught sight of himself in a church window and got a fit of the giggles.

He collapsed on the ground in a heap laughing. His laughter was so infectious that all the people who had been standing by watching his antics started to laugh too. Soon the whole town was convulsed - the wine came out and the beer flowed. It was the best party any Irish person could ever remember.

So every year on 17th March, schools and offices shut, people don St. Patricks favourite colour (i.e. green), and hit the pubs in memory of that day when St. Patrick lost the plot.

(I think I may have lost the plot )

60. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Parts of the foregoing which are true:

St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated annually on 17th March