Yesterday the world celebrated Ireland's patron saint with parades across the county and around the globe.
St Patrick's Day Parade Cork City
Spraoi perform at the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Cork City.
The parade in Fermoy.
Sharon O’Leary Hayes taking part in the parade in Coppeen, Co Cork.
All smiles in Tralee, Co Kerry.
By Conor Kane, Evelyn Ring, and Jimmy Woulfe
“We have a St Patrick’s Day parade in Dusseldorf every year — it is very big and very loud,” said Margot.
“The parade in Dublin is very different.
“It is not as noisy as the one in Dusseldorf but it is very colourful and we like it very much.”
Lovely lilies make their way down O’Connell Street towards St Patrick’s Cathedral.
Margot and Pascal were among half a million people on the streets of the capital today, including Lord Mayor Christy Burke, who arrived for the parade in a state coach built in 1791 and now valued at €3m.
The coach, drawn by six white horses, was originally agreed at a price of £600, but eventually cost the city £2,690. Even in those days, public representatives got their sums wrong.
Cheeky artist gets creative with a member of the public enjoying the St Patrick’s Day festival in Dublin.
Meanwhile, at the Waterford parade, former All-Star hurler Tony Browne took pride of place as this year’s grand marshal, presiding over hundreds of scouts and various sporting and cultural groups.
The theme for this year’s parade was ‘Together We’re Better’, reflecting the first St Patrick’s Day since the city and county councils were merged.
The Spraoi group provided its now-customary large-scale models such as a large, flipping fish and a Viking-style ship, while the Children’s Group Link showed off some impressive craft work featuring copies of landmarks like the Master McGrath monument outside Dungarvan and the Metalman in Tramore.
Similar ceoil agus craic could be found at the Limerick festivities — their parade is being hailed as one of the best the Treaty City has ever seen. A new format meant less machinery and more music to delight the 70,000 thronging the city centre.
Fidget Feet, the Grand Marshals at the Limerick Saint Patricks Festival featured the Giant Saint Patricks Day Parade.
Old local stalwarts, such as the Boherbuoy Band, who have been leading the parade as long as anybody can remember, strode out under the baton of Ger Power. They were followed by St Mary’s Prize fife and drum prize band.
Double take among the thousands who enjoyed the Dublin parade.
But the festivities weren’t just limited to Ireland — our national feast day has become a popular celebration all across the world.
In the UK, Prince William and pregnant wife Kate presented shamrocks to soldiers from the Irish Guards at a barracks in Aldershot.
Prince William enjoys a pint as the Duchess of Cambridge looks on at Mons Barracks, Aldershot.
They even tried to pin a sprig to the collar of the regiment’s mascot, an Irish wolfhound called Domhnall.
But as she bent down to pin the sprig on the silver collar of the regiment’s beloved mascot — who was presented with a red coat by President Michael D Higgins during his state visit to the UK last year — it kept falling off.
Quartermaster Major Paul Fagin had to step in to give the royal a hand at the ceremony in Mons Barracks, Aldershot, Hampshire.
Kate later joked about the mishap with three children who presented her with a posy of white flowers.
She told eight year-old Ciara Flynn and her twin sisters Leah and Eva, both six, that it was tricky.
The three-year-old dog, who weighs 73kg, the equivalent of 11-and-a-half stone, was treated to a sip of Guinness after the ceremony.
In the US, President Barack Obama and the Republican-led congress were the delightful hosts of many Irish guests, while New York’s flagship parade turned Fifth Avenue into a sea of green. As the holiday fell on a Tuesday this year, however, many American cities held their St Patrick’s Day celebrations at the weekend.
A group of dancers high-stepping through New York during the St Patrick’s Day parade.
Closer to home, Paris’ Sacre Coeur basilica atop Montmartre was enshrined in green for the occasion, with Irish pubs all over the city full to the brim with revelers. On the Champs Elysees, the Publicis Drugstore hosted an Irish meal and whiskey tasting, while the 18th-century College des Irlandais hosted a concert by traditional Irish band Kila.
Unsurprisingly, considering the amount of Irish emigrants to end up on their shores, United Arab Emirates and Australia also got in on the Paddy’s Day action.
In the UAE, Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Towers and luxury Burj Al Arab hotel both turned green for the day — they were among 160 global locations to do so, organised by Tourism Ireland.
The Sydney St Patrick’s Day parade took place on Sunday, attracting 80,000 people to the streets, though many green army revelers kept the party going until late last night.
Irish dancers could be seen tapping away on the floors of a Sydney pub, accompanied by a jigging band and the cheers and claps of onlookers.
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