St Patrick’s Day celebrations around the world – in pictures | Life and style | The Guardian

© Mike Segar/Reuters

© Mike Segar/Reuters

As a good Irishman I couldn’t possibly let our national holiday go by without a mention. St.Patrick’s Day has, in recent years, turned into a parody of itself with only the faintest vestige remaining of the religious origins of the festival. “Irishness”, like St.Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Mother’s/Father’s Day; Secretaries Day etc., has now been reduced to just another greeting card commodity that can and has been exported around the world everywhere from Kazakhstan to Las Vegas and Helsinki to Hong Kong. Ireland as marketing myth. Irish Journalist, Ian O’Doherty, sums up succinctly my feelings about our national day with his usual acerbic wit in today’s Irish Independent newspaper: 

“Tis a time to be proud to be Irish and if you’re a tourist, visiting our fair isle, remember that on this day, nobody is a stranger. They’re just someone who hasn’t punched you yet.”

Quite. Top o’ the mornin’ to ya – especially to all of those waking up with a clear head this morning. But as Dean Martin said “I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.”

Slàinte mhath

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