Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

For those of you that live in a bubble, today is St. Patrick's Day and I'm sure Manchester will be celebrating with the best of them tonight. I will undoubtedly be having a pint of the Black Stuff (although 'ruined' with a dash of blackcurrent) and return home with yet another comedy hat.

The Manchester Irish Festival runs until Sunday 21st so there'll be plenty to entertain us for the next few days with the rest of the country also celebrating in a similar style.

Check out these St. Patrick's Day facts and impress your mates down the pub with your knowledge:

  •  Until the 1970s, St. Patrick's Day in Ireland was a minor religious holiday.
  • On St. Patrick's Day, more than 13 million pints of Guinness are consumed around the world.
  • The real St. Patrick wasn't even Irish.
  •  Popular Irish toasts on St Patrick's Day, include: may the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out. 
  • Dublin has a parade that attracts hundreds of thousands of people, while in Chicago the river is dyed green. The biggest parade is normally held in New York, while the largest celebration in the southern hemisphere is in Sydney, Australia.

If you fancy a St. Patrick's day gig to compliment your Guinness then there's plenty on offer. Tonight's highlights include Tom Mcrae, Frank Turner (pictured - not St. Patrick), Newton Faulkner and Boyce Avenue.

Have a great day and Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

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