In honor of the patron saint of Ireland, Irish-Americans everywhere are taking a break from their usual strict sobriety to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17.
“I might have a pint. Maybe two if I’m feeling crazy,” said James O’Malley. “But not more than that. I still need to keep my wits about me for evening mass.”
In addition to the solemn parades held to recognize St. Patrick’s work in bringing Christianity to Ireland, families are gathering at local taverns to sing courteous praise to the saint’s memory. The country’s small number of Irish bars have also opened their doors for this rare occasion of Irish-Americans imbibing in drink.
“It’s nice to let loose and have a small glass of wine every now and again,” said Erin Meegan. “It’s a bit of a guilty pleasure, I’ll admit, but once a year won’t hurt.”
At press time, the patrons of Murphy’s Irish Pub were politely discussing literature as they poured their third and final round of drinks for the evening.