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# St Patrick's Day

Last year
Tuxedo rental and novelty socks: The €175k cost of the Govt's St Patrick's Day trips this year
A report by
Stephen McDermott
The annual junkets returned in March after a two-year hiatus.
Figures released under FOI show how the Government paid to promote Ireland abroad last March.
Members of Cabinet and over 40 civil servants visited 28 countries as part of the annual visits this year.
The total cost was around €85,000 cheaper than the last pre-Covid programme in 2019.
# policing the capital
Gardaí arrest over 400 people across Dublin over Patrick's Day festival
Most of the arrests were for public order offences.
# Washington DC
Most 'Irish' president since JFK: Biden in the White House 'enormously helpful' to Ireland
US ‘has skin in the game’ when it comes to maintaining peace in NI, says Congressman Brendan Boyle.
# St Patrick's Day
Taoiseach says Biden 'can't wait to come back to Ireland' but no date set for visit
Officials would like to get the Taoiseach back to Washington later in the year with another trip to the White House perhaps on the cards.
# Lá fhéile Pádraig
400,000 people attend St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Dublin after two-year absence
The parade began at 12pm on Parnell Square and finished on Kevin Street at around 2pm.
# St Patrick's Day
Meeting with US President goes ahead virtually after Taoiseach tests positive for Covid
Micheál Martin and the US President held a meeting via video conference after the Taoisseach tested positive for Covid-19 last night.
Taoiseach and Biden to hold virtual meeting after Martin tests positive for Covid-19
The opening remarks between the US President and Taoiseach will be streamed online.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you go to a St Patrick's Day parade today?
St Patrick’s Day parades have been unable to take place due to Covid-19 restrictions in recent years.
# drive safe
Motorists urged to slow down and take extra care ahead of long bank holiday weekend
The RSA and An Garda Síochána are appealing for all road users to act responsibly and not to drink and drive.
# parading around
Here’s where and when the big St Patrick's Day parades kick off
There’s a lot of talent, culture and entertainment to put on show over the day – here’s a quick look at what’s on offer.
# Uachtarán na hÉireann
President Higgins calls for ceasefire in Ukraine during St Patrick's Day message
Higgins said the sacrifices made by frontline workers across society during the pandemic should not be forgotten.
# White House
Taoiseach tests positive for Covid-19 while in Washington for St Patrick's events
Micheál Martin received a negative antigen test result but later tested positive on a PCR.
# Covid-19
Coronavirus: 14,096 new cases and 1,081 patients in hospital, including 44 in ICU
As of 8am today, there are 1,081 Covid-19 patients in hospital.
# Paddy's Day
John C Reilly says it's a 'big honour' to be leading the St Patrick's Day celebrations
The actor visited the Guinness Storehouse to mark the beginning of the festival.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you going to do something to celebrate St Patrick's Day?
It’s just two days away.
# US Trip
Ireland’s St Patrick's Day message and theme is being tweaked to reflect the Ukraine crisis
Micheál Martin has decided to evolve the ‘tone and theme’ of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations this week.
# St Patrick's Day
Mostly dry weather and sunny spells in store for long weekend ahead
Met Éireann said St Patrick’s Day will see a mix of showers and sunny patches.
# United Ireland
Sinn Féin runs advert in The New York Times calling for 'Irish unity in our time'
Mary Lou McDonald sat down with The Journal in New York today where she said criticism of the ad was ‘nonsense’.
# Quiz
Quiz: How well do you know these famous Patricks?
Test yourself.
# St Patrick's Day
Sinn Féin advert to run in New York Times as Mary Lou McDonald heads Stateside
McDonald will travel to New York today as well as Washington DC where she will raise issues such as Northern Ireland and Brexit.
# London
Taoiseach travels to London as part of a two-day trip to mark St Patrick's Day celebrations
The Taoiseach will attend London’s St Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday.
# St Patrick's Day
Global Greening paused this year so monuments around the world can be lit in Ukrainian colours
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has written to all Irish embassies asking for monuments to be lit up in yellow and blue.
# St Patrick's Day
St Patrick's Day global greening set to incorporate 'Ukrainian theme' this year, says Taoiseach
Taoiseach says the Government will use St. Patrick’s Day visits to highlight Ireland’s solidarity with Ukraine.
Ellen Keane and Kellie Harrington to lead Dublin's St Patrick's Day Parade
The Parade is returning to Dublin this year.
# St Patrick's Day
Taoiseach heading to Washington as 32 ministerial trips planned for St Patrick's week
It is tradition for Ministers and Ministers of State to travel to different destinations around the globe to mark St Patrick’s Day.
St Patrick's Festival set to return to the streets of Dublin for 'most ambitious parade ever'
The festival had been cancelled for the last two years due to Covid-19.
# St Patrick's Day
Slimmed down contingent of Ministers likely to travel abroad for St Patrick's Day this year
It is tradition for Ministers and Ministers of State to travel to different destinations around the globe to mark St Patrick’s Day.
# St Patrick's Day
Taoiseach hopes 'in-person' St Patrick's Day events can return with White House visit on the cards
This year will be Micheál Martin’s last opportunity as Taoiseach to visit with the US president in Washington DC.
All time
# Bank Holiday
Double bank holiday earmarked for St Patrick's Day weekend next year, says Varadkar
A permanent bank holiday would then be held on St Brigid’s Day from 2023 onwards.
Larry Donnelly: From Kennedy to Biden, Irish-American ties remain robust
In a special week for Ireland, our Boston-born columnist looks at the strength of ties between the two countries.
# dolores cahill
Gardaí launch investigation into St Patrick's Day party at castle owned by UCD professor
Security sources say upwards of 75 people may have attended the party at the Co Kildare castle.
# Tallaght
Gardaí launch investigation after man and woman attacked by group in south Dublin estate
The man was taken to Tallaght University Hospital for treatment of his non-serious injuries.
# It's Quizness time
Quiz: Would this famous person qualify to play for a Republic of Ireland football team?
Test yourself.
# Protests
Arrests amid major Garda presence as anti-lockdown events take place in Dublin
16 arrests had been made as of 3pm this afternoon, gardaí said.
16 arrests had been made as of 3pm this afternoon, gardaí said.
Officers are appealing to people not to attend parties or gatherings tonight.
# biden meeting
Taoiseach says US won't know until summer whether it can help Ireland with vaccine supplies
Micheál Martin was speaking after his virtual St Patrick’s Day meeting with US President Biden.
# St Patrick's Day
Taoiseach speaks of 'undying friendship' between Ireland and US in virtual meeting with Joe Biden
In a virtual meeting this evening, Martin presented Biden with the traditional bowl of shamrock.
# homily
Archbishop of Dublin: Easing Mass restrictions 'has better Constitutional claim than powerful commercial interests'
Archbishop Dermot Farrell made the case in a St. Patrick’s Day message.
# Slainte
'God bless the Irish': World leaders send St Patrick’s Day greetings to Ireland
William and Kate were among those who included some Irish in their greeting.
# St Patrick's Day
Security operation underway to prevent planned lockdown protests
More than 2,500 gardaí are deployed across checkpoints and arterial routes around the country.
Patrick's Day Fare: Pastry chef Caitlin Lopes shares choux bun and lemon meringue recipes
Caitlin Lopes, pastry chef at the Grand Central Hotel in Belfast shares some delicious sweet treat recipes.