...only in Ireland, a paella pan filled with spuds

Trip Start Mar 09, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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The Keohane Residence

Flag of Ireland  , County Cork,
Wednesday, March 17, 2010

So, we went into Cork City today to celebrate Paddy's Day and see masses of Irish get langers on green beer and trash the city streets celebrate the patron saint of Ireland (even though he was actually British), St Patrick, who is said to have banished all snakes from Ireland.

While walking down one of the old narrow streets towards the city center, 'Random Old Man Paddy' pulled up to me on his scooter and frantically unloaded a barrage of Cork-ness of which I could not understand.  After translation, 'Random Old Man Paddy' was actually bursting at the seams to tell me that there was an Irish horse named 'Silk Affair' running in Cheltenham that was a sure winner.....at 16-1.  With his super tip passed on, Paddy scootered off as quick as he appeared.

Down to the main drag of Cork, we see masses of people lining Patrick St covered in green.  Green jumpers, green face paint, green top hats, green rosettes, and green.......grass?  Every 3rd person is walking around with clumps of green grass pinned to their tops.  Somewhat confused for a while, I'm soon educated in the tradition of the shamrock.  For years I was lead to believe that the shamrock was a large, green 3 leaf clover, in my mind, ranging from the size of a 5c to 20c piece.  I was expecting to see 2 or 3 of these pinned to people's tops.  Not a bunch of grass.  Oh I'm becoming so cultured...

A green 99, a beef pide and chocolate brownie later and we're watching the parade, themed 'Ship To Shore'.  They had a bit of trouble getting going with a few long breaks between the first few floats, but I put that down to the organisers trying to coax the participants out of the pub and onto their floats.  They seemed to get some order and the parade continued.  It was grand like.

Fast forward a little and we find a pub to watch a hurling match, complete with irish dancers on the bar (Ireland's answer to Coyote Ugly) and then outside we come across an amazing percussion band called Torann.  These guys were freaking amazing.  They are a 7 piece from Waterford and they pulled at least 150 people in the street.  Definitely worth checking out if you ever come across them --> http://www.torann.net/

Back home for dinner (bacon and cabbage for the 3rd time in a week) and relaxing on the couch in front of the news, watching newsreader Paddy and his pet clump of grass inform us how the rest of the world celebrates Paddy's Day.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit

PS - Silk Affair...off to the glue factory for you my friend.
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