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The Story of St Patrick’s Day

PIXABAY: BarbaraALane & AnnCarter


Happy St. Patricks Day everyone.

2020 is a very unusual Paddies Day considering the parades are cancelled, pubs are shut and for the first time ever, there is no mass. (Or at least an in-person Ceremony)

On the topic of pubs, the idea of celebrating the festival in the local-only started in the ’60s after the sale of an alcohol ban on St. Patricks day was lifted since its inception in 1927.

To celebrate the festival, I’ve created a short podcast looking at who St. Patrick was, how we celebrate the feast and I visit St. Patricks Cathedral Dublin to learn a little more about the day and person.

Copyright Lance Kerrigan 2020

You can learn more about St. Patricks Cathedral Dublin and donate to the refurbishment of the roof, from their website 

Having taken a strolled through the city centre yesterday, I couldn’t help notice the sheer lack of preparations for the O’Connell Street parade and the crowds of tourists flooding the city with green. There is an eerie silence about the place… a calm before the storm, but certainly, not the typical eve to Irelands biggest annual festival, as streets which are normally clogged with drinkers are abandoned and establishments shut.

Below are some shots of Rush hour Dublin on March 16th the eve of St. Patrick’s Day which should be one of Dublin’s busiest times of the year.


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