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What’s the craic?

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If anyone knows how to party it’s the Irish and on Paddy’s Day they go bigger than ever.

Just in case you’ve been living on a different planet all your life and never witnessed the ‘craic’ of a Paddy’s day party here’s a little background on Saint Patrick’s Day or The Feast of Saint Patrick (Lá Fheile Pádraig ).

St Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration held every year on 17th March, the traditional death day of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Traditionally the day commemorated Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and was observed by the Catholic and Anglican communities through church service.

People dress up and enjoy the party like atmosphere during the St. Patrick's Day Parade, March 17, 2015, in New York. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)
People dress up and enjoy the party atmosphere during last year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

Nowadays it has expanded its scope and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holidays’ tradition of alcohol consumption. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods, and the ‘wearing of the green’ and shamrocks. Today, St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival.

BPS Irish brekkie

As is Jono’s want on St. Patrick’s Day he treated all his staff to a home-cooked, full Irish breakfast this morning. He has literally been ‘craic-ing’ eggs all morning! On the menu, Irish soda bread, bacon, scrambled eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, beans, sausage and both black and white pudding.

CU brekkie

All washed down with a pint of Guinness (or two!)

CU guinness

As always the office mascot, Brogan the dog was present with his friend, Gonzo, both wagging and wishing for a slice of bacon or a mouthful of black pudding.

We’d like to say that normal service will resume this afternoon but judging from the size of the Irish coffees served as a digestif aid to the mega breakfast we seriously doubt it. Maybe after a little nap… roll over Bro, I’m coming in!


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