ST PATRICK'S DAY in Ireland passed under a light rain in the sunny southeast and I reckon a third of all the entries in the local Golden Pages rolled through Cashel as part of the annual parade.
We walked through the town square and made a short Audioboo of the traditional music playing there and then stood near the crosswalk we use with our favourite Chinese and Italian takeaways. The position gave me a clear shot at the 20-minute parade. I created a seven-minute YouTube clip with my Sony Xperia phone and included some local shots of green that give Cashel its character throughout the year. You can watch the video below the break or listen to the audio version by clicking on the player.
There's a lot of energy in local parades in rural parts of Ireland. I've seen a lot of local energy during St Patrick's Days festivals while living in the sunny southeast. Nearly a half million people (483,000) turned out to the Dublin St. Patrick's Day parade and one million tuned in to watch the Parade live on RTE. Several marching bands from American universities, with more than 200 people each, marched this year. They looked professional and added to the occasion. In the meantime, we had our forty minute celebrations below.
See the YouTube clip or listen to the Audioboo.
The St Patrick's Day weekend was marred by the men's rugby team losing 15-22 to the Italians in Rome but that was offset by the women taking the Grand Slam Six Nations Title in Milan.
Bernie Goldbach lives in Cashel with his expired American passport. There's no way to leave. And the money is so tight there's not enough for an Irish Coffee during Ireland's biggest party day.