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19 photos that show how Irish people celebrated Arthur's Day

Cats! Dogs! Knickers! How we marked the makey-uppy holiday.

Image: Getty Images for Guinness

YESTERDAY MARKED IRELAND’S biggest ever makey-uppy holiday, with thousands taking to their local boozer (or just, you know, street) to remember Arthur Guinness.

So there are two points of view.

Either (a) it’s a genuine national celebration – and in these times, Lord knows we need every one we can get.

Or (b) in possibly the best marketing stroke ever pulled by the men in grey suits at Diageo, a nation voluntarily painted itself black and white for the privilege of paying to get drunk.

Either way, these Twitter photos tell the story:

19 photos that show how Irish people celebrated Arthur's Day
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  • It all started innocently enough

  • with a bit of dinner

  • There were boys

  • There were girls

  • ...and cats...

  • ... and dogs...

  • ... and horses...

  • ... and llamas, of course

  • People posed for photos at 17.59

  • Then things began to get crazy

  • There was music

  • And some extracurricular singing

  • For some reason Swedish House Mafia got a shout-out

  • The occasional shameless cash-in

  • Some people even painted their nails

  • Apparently this is a thing?

  • Seriously, how long did this take?

  • OK, this is ridiculous

  • We're going to bed.

More: 6 alternative Arthur’s Day ideas>

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