Mar 07 2011
I don’t have great memories of St Patrick’s Day as a child, my parents played a badminton tournament every St Patrick’s Day so I never got to see a parade as a child, spending the day in a draughty building watching adults play badminton, trying to play with other unfortunate children that I didn’t know and reading my Enid Blytons! In fact, I think my best St Patrick’s Days were as an adult when living abroad, when the whole world wants to celebrate being Irish!
Through blogging, I’ve got to know so many people with different Irish connections, many having travelled and now settled back in Ireland, others married Irish and have come to live here, others Irish and now living abroad and I was curious to know what some of them thought of St Patrick’s Day, what does it mean to them? To me, I bring the kids to the parade and enjoy the day with them but I think it is wonderful that for such a small nation, there are so many people worldwide who celebrate their little bit of Irishness, plus our beleagured leaders get to meet some of the most important world leaders (at our expense of course but hey, it is a great opportunity for us to be noticed for the right reasons for a change).
Richy McCusker of Custard by Design (Irish, now living in America)
St Patricks Day ………..is a former life of queing up outside bars at 9:30am and telling my daddy that I did indeed go to mass…now i’m in Americaland and it’s more about sharing a bit of culture with some friends…irish music, proper irish dishes and of course the synonomous green t-shirt…Happy St Ptrick’s Day from custardbydesign…
Lisa McGee, American now living in Tipperary, Nenaghgal
Sylvia Shirley, from Germany and now living in Carlow. Her wellness Sylvia Shirley website is soooo relaxing.
St. Patrick’s Day is a day to remember what spirituality is all about.
St. Patrick’s Day unites the world in Irish celebrations far beyond our wonderful Isle.
St. Patrick’s Day makes us feel so close to home no matter where we are.
Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day are like bread and butter, one without the other is not the same.
St. Patrick’s Day makes us happy and proud to be Irish.
Sasha Sykes of Farm 21
St Patrick’s Day is…. reminiscing of the 5th Avenue Parade whilst sowing spuds with all the family.
Angela Carr of Where There’s a Wool
‘St. Patrick’s Day is… the one day you’re allowed to eat chocolate during Lent.’
Joanne from Eboutique
I love St Patrick’s Day because its an opportunity to take to the streets for an Irish celebration for local communities and its an excuse to have a few drinks in the middle of the day (not that I need much of an excuse but..)
Do you have any to add? What does St. Patrick’s Day mean to you? I’d love to know how more people view St Patrick’s Day.