Today, March 17 is St. Patrick's Day. St. Patrick himself is Ireland's patron saint, and is forever tied to Ireland in the collective consciousness of the rest of the world. How many Americans put on their green top hats and leprechaun shirts around St. Paddy's Day? McDonald's serves its famous Shamrock Shake worldwide to celebrate the coming of Spring.
Dublin is attempting to make Paddy's Day less of the great booze-up it has been in the past, and more of an artistic and cultural event. Some here praise the idea, not appreciating the reputation or the mess that comes with Dublin turning into a wild melee of foreign tourists, broken glass, and stout-colored vomit. Others are vocally opposed to the changes, appreciating the money that comes along with the melee, glass, and vomit.
Just what will we do and see on our first St. Patrick's Day like in Dublin? Well, we are finding that out as you read this... Assuming you are reading this on the day it is posted. Stay tuned to this channel for the stories and photos of our St. Patrick's Day 2014 in Dublin.