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ST PATRICK'S DAY

17th March in DUBLIN

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Paddy's Day brings a sense of great excitement and anticipation for days before. Chains of shiny Shamrocks get strung up in shops and Nursing Homes, and corsages of real shamrocks are sold for 3 euros. The villages string bunting across the High streets and many houses fly the national flag.

As we heard that the procession in Naas was likely to consist of a couple of farm tractors, we headed off to Dublin for the day. We parked the car at Red Cow Roundabout and took the Luas into town.
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First stop was the Guinness Storehouse, which has a fascinating display of the history and brewing of Guinness [one of our favourite drinks!].
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Did you know that 8 million litres of mountain water is piped in daily from the Wicklow mountains to make the daily brew?
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They have cleverly combined video graphics with original equipment to give a good sense of how they operated. Up and up the seven stories until you reach the bar at the top with panoramic views of Dublin [not that there is much to see!] with a pint of the creamy black stuff in your hand.
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Then out onto the streets again to join the throng of lemmings heading for the centre of town. The streets are closed to traffic and hawkers sell leprechaun hats with orange beards, jester hats and almost anything green to wear. Everyone enters the spirit of the holiday and most wore a hat or shamrock bunny ears or a green coat or green hair or painted faces.
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It was a crisp but clear day and 60 000 people crammed the route of the parade. After a long wait the parade eventually arrived and lasted over an hour. Many, many bands, lots of fantastical costumes, some big floats, but NO leprechauns to our dismay!
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Unfortunately David could not join in the spirit totally as he had to work at Caredoc that evening! Nevertheless, it was a great day and a wonderful vibe.

Posted by davidsandi 10:58 Archived in Ireland

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