Green Eggs and Ham

Ireland

How can you go to Europe and not take advantage of St. Patrick’s day in Ireland? That’s right, you can’t. St.Patrick’s day is huge in many cities like New York and Chicago here in America, but nothing can compare to spending the holiday in the birth place of the celebration.

St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and was a Catholic priest who is believed to have died on March 17 around 460 A.D.Ā Even though he is the patron saint of the country and a large portion of the western world takes a whole day to celebrate him, most of his life has remained a mystery to historians.

As you can imagine, there are many spots that one could explore on St. Patrick’s day in Ireland. There is the paradeĀ in Dublin, or you can get started at 6 a.m. in Dingle (further west) with theĀ the Dingle Fife and Drum Band.Ā Limerick uses St Patrickā€™s Day to host the International Band Parade and Competition, while Cork hosts aĀ festival that incorporates a food and crafts market complete with music, street performers and childrenā€™s workshops.

Wherever you go in Ireland, St.Patrick’s day isn’t just a one night celebration, most of these cities have festivities lasting the whole week. On average 13 million pints of Guinness beer is consumed on St.Patrick’s day world wide… so I’ll probably have to check that the brewery in Dublin too. šŸ˜‰

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