Official Saint Patrick’s Day tribute. I was stunned to learn, while living in Ireland, that the real Irish think Americans are nuts to celebrate “St Paddy’s Day” with booze and brouhaha. It falls in the middle of Lent, and therefore such riotous assemblies are not encouraged. The Irish honor their saint by going to church.
And by the way, yes, there were snakes (big ones) in Ireland before the time of Saint Patrick. Whether he chased them out (to England? that’s a trick because most land snakes can’t swim, and most snakes can’t survive in salt water) or whether some disease killed them off, there were no snakes in Ireland until recently (when some idiot let Burmese pythons loose …)