St Patrick’s Day

Lá Fhéile Pádraig!

Saint Patrick’s Day occurs annually on March 17th, in recognition of the death of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Originally a day recognised by religious feasting from the 17th century in Ireland, the day is now celebrated around the world with parades, parties, and a whole lot of drinking…and green. Lots of green.

BUT:

Clichéd as it may be, the leprechauns, those mischievous tykes who have become one of the best known symbols for Ireland around the World (and no more so than around Saint Patrick’s Day) were originally depicted in red:

Red Leprechaun

In 1831, Samuel Lover said: “He wears a red square-cut coat, richly laced with gold, and the inexpressible of the same, cocked hat, shoes and buckles.”

But nowadays…it’s all green.

We had one of our best breaks away in Dublin for a friend’s wedding some years ago, staying at the Merrion Hotel as a special treat.

More than any hotel we’ve stayed at the Merrion has one of the most amazing art collections in the world. You can take a look here:

http://www.merrionhotel.com/art_at_the_merrion.php

 

 

 

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