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16 Things From An Irish Person's St. Patrick's Day

For the day that's in it. La feile Padraig shona diaobh!

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1. A fortifying breakfast.

2. Some of this on your lapel, usually made by your mother.

3. Mass. A good, long mass.

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4. This.

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5. An agricultural display in the middle of town.

6. Watching the parade in glorious Irish weather.

7. A suspiciously Santa-bearded Saint Patrick.

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8. These. Dozens of these.

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9. A near-death experience at the funfair.

10. Followed by winning one of these.


11. The pub, with additional adorable babbies.

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12. The first pint.

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13. The trad session. Comes in two varieties - wistful:

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And 'No talking'.

14. Someone's da attempting a sean-nós.

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15. One of these. Or two.

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16. Darby O'Gill on the telly. How charming.

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Then you remember the bit where the horse goes weird. Please God no.

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And the Banshee is even more terrifying than you remember.

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The death coach. Time to switch over to televised mass.

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Still, it's a great day to be Irish - even if you're not Irish.

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After all, it's a pretty place.

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And there's a lot to be proud of.

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