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March 17, 2017

Be Irish for a Day

StPatricksDay

There are 196 countries in the world, yet none have a 'national holiday' as widely celebrated as Ireland's St Patrick's Day. So, what is it about Paddy's Day that makes everyone want to be Irish, at least for a day?

The reason is relatively obvious. Ireland, and more specifically the Irish, are simply the greatest people on earth. Supporting evidence from Ireland's culture and history includes:

  • They do 'coffee' better than anyone
  • They built the Brooklyn Bridge, and then half of NYC
  • They invented the colour photograph, bacon, and the binaural stethoscope (worn well by George Clooney in almost every episode of ER)
  • 44 million Americans claim Irish ancestry, and Americans are pretty awesome
  • It's the birthplace of a very wise man named John Fitzgibbon
  • Halloween was derived from a Pagan Irish festival
  • They gave the world U2, Oscar Wilde, Pearce Brosnan, Daniel Day Lewis, and a very famous fish monger named Molly Malone.
  • They've brought Irish pubs, aka Guinness, to the farthest corners of the earth, including Katmandu, Ushuaia, Baku, and a little place called Pawtucket.

But most importantly, the Irish are some of the most welcoming, light-hearted, hilarious people you'll ever meet. And who wouldn't want to emulate that?

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