It won’t have that usual Erin go Braugh feel  but it will be lively

By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva

St. Patrick's Day in Ireland

Pre-COVID celebrations on St. Pat’s Day in Belfast

St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have its usual ‘Erin go braugh’ (Ireland Forever) vibes in Ireland today. Due to coronavirus restrictions, there are no parades or large gatherings.  Because of the  Covid-19 pandemic, there aren’t any vibrant, green parades, group celebrations, or religious gatherings for a second year in a row.

The country remains on its strictest level 5 lockdown with a 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) travel limit. But shamrocks still wave, green flags fly and Irish eyes are still smiling (somewhat).

However there will be plenty of virtual celebrations going on which family can view while enjoying traditional dinners such as Dublin Coddle—a layered dish of bacon, pork, sausage and potatoes.  Or, of course the country’s national dish of Irish stew-comfort food recipe of lamb, potatoes, onions, leeks and carrots.  And, of course a pint Guiness to wash it all down.

In home entertainment

Locals are enjoying in-home amusements such as on line discos,  language fests and guided tours . There’s also several live music events to watch throughout the day that  showcase local talent.

Also streaming live on line is a series of craft workshops, musical entertainment and dance performances .

About St. Pat

The 5th Century AD saint, a child slave,  had a major role in converting the Irish to Christianity. Tradition associates St. Pat with the shamrock plant ( a young sprig, used as a symbol of Ireland), which he used to explain the Christian doctrine of the Holy Trinity.

St. Patrick's Day in IrelandHappy St. Patty’s Day from the team at Pavlus Travel.

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