Carousing and other pursuits
At any time of year you can visit the Discover Ireland website and get a list of events that are taking place across the island of Ireland. For each month of the year there are lists as long as an average grown man’s arm trying to entice visitors to the country. Or if you are already here to try and get you to move around the island and spend your money. Mostly I look at what’s on listings to try and see if there is anything happening that I can make a point of missing. Then a couple of weeks later I can tell my wife it was on and say “We should’ve gone to that.”
I was very surprised this year when I looked at one of the more reliable listings and it only had one event noted for the whole month of March. This disturbed me because in the last few months I have seen my favorite coffee shop and book store close down due to the downturn. I have a real and genuine fear that the recession in this country will damage the arts and curb the progress that was made in the last decade. We have independent art galleries. The national gallery got new works and a face lift. We have a gallery of photography funded by the arts council of Ireland, a writers museum, signposted historical walks and so much more. But for the month of March listing after listing showed only one event. Saturday 17th March 2012 “St Patrick’s Day”
Saint Patrick or Patrick as he was originally know was born In Wales around 340AD. He was kidnapped by Irish raiders when he was 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped six years later and returned home to became a priest. When he came back to Ireland as an ordained bishop he proceeded to spread Catholicism throughout the land. Stopping only briefly to rid the island of snakes unfortunately missing Leinster House which had yet to be built.
In the dioceses of Ireland Saint Patrick’s day is a holy day of obligation and also a Solemnity. This means it replaces Sunday as the most important day in the week for religious observances. I am sure at this stage you can sense why I was concerned. According to my listing this religious holiday was going to be my only source of entertainment for the month of March. So it was with a heavy heart and a general lack of enthusiasm that I ventured into our capital city to see what sort of celebrations the local authorities had decided were appropriate to honor someone that has been revered as the patron saint of Ireland since the 7th century. I brought my camera to document the solemnness of the day.
Wrap The Green Crowd Round Me // Nikon F100 // Portra 160
Wild Colonial Boy // Nikon F100 // Portra 160
Officially Friendly // Nikon F100 // Portra 160
The Kerry Recruit // Nikon F100 // Portra 160
Strongbow // Nikon F100 // Portra 160
Johnny Jump Up // Nikon F100 // Portra 160
Cathleen ni Houlihan // Nikon F100 // Portra 160
Beyond The Stage Door // Halina 160 // Neopan 400CN
Making our City Cleaner and Greener // Halina 160 // Neopan 400CN