Friday, 17 March 2017

Happy St Patrick's Day



Since the 17th Century the Irish have celebrated a religious feast day in commemoration of their patron saint on the 17th March every year. 

Parades are held in towns and cities all over Ireland and in many parts of the world.

I went to my local town's parade this afternoon which was well attended despite the rain.









Dancing to traditional music was fun to watch.













Live entertainment in the supermarket made a pleasant change.






Last year everyone enjoyed the parade in the sunshine.



















Do let me know if you've enjoyed this little snapshot of our special day in the Emerald Isle. 

Have a great weekend.


20 comments:

  1. Brilliant and thanks for sharing. I expect my daughter and son in law are still celebrating in Lisnaskea!

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  2. Susan - I'm a bit puzzled as to why your posts don't come to me even though I'm *following* you.
    I guess I'll just have to keep checking in periodically.

    Happy St Paddy's Day :)

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    1. I don't know, Joanne. Blogger is often a mystery to me, I'm afraid. Anyway, thanks for following me!

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  3. Our own Mardi Gras Parade happened in the rain this year. :-( I am quite fond of the group, Celtic Woman. Ray Bradbury wrote a fascinating book of his time in Ireland while writing the script for Moby Dick, GREEEN SHADOWS, WHITE WHALE. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog today! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Roland - sorry for not visiting you lately, I've been off vagabonding.

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  4. It's one of those days that I always forget exists until it's here and everyone's drinking Guinness :) Looks good fun!

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    1. I had never been to a St Patrick's Day celebration until I moved to Ireland so I have nothing to compare it to. I will say that folk here know how to enjoy themselves whatever the weather!

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  5. What a lovely atmosphere, and a real sense of community. You picked a great place to live, Susan!

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    1. Thanks, Helen. No regrets about moving here so far. It's a huge change after Fiji, but it's all good.

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  6. Thanks, Patsy (I love my telephoto lens!)

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  7. It looks like fun. I want one of those big green hats.

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  8. I've heard that Irish-Americans (and NON-Irish-Americans) celebrate the holiday more than they do in Ireland itself. Would you agree? You were there, after all.

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    1. Not sure that I do agree with that. For a start, it's a Public Holiday in Ireland and based on what I've seen here, the Irish celebrate in a big way with parades and festivities all over the country. Lots of shops and businesses close for the day too, and I doubt that happens in other countries. :)

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    2. Great! Thanks for clearing that up for me. With a last name of Lynch, I've been understandably curious.

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  9. He he - there are a lot of us with Irish ancestry. My maiden name is Hogan and my maternal great grandfather - Lawrence O'Hara - hailed from Limerick. :)

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  10. This looks like so much fun and that they had a ball is evident. Love that first shot of the old man with the hat:)

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    1. Hi Birgit - yes, I think the pic of the old fella is my favourite one! :)

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