St. Patrick's Festival

2011-03-18 16:30:00

St. Patrick’s Day is the one day of the year that most Irish people, both home and abroad, look forward to. Some because of the extra day off work with a chance to celebrate their Irishness and others because it’s a chance to take a break on their sacrifice for Lent! Giving up all the bad things for Lent is something most of us have done since we were small and we were always allowed a days grace on St. Patrick’s Day which made the sacrifice a bit easier. The only problem this year though is that Lent only started a week ago so it’s going to be a long five week wait until Easter!

This year with Paddy’s Day falling on a Thursday it meant an extra long weekend for most but unfortunately I wasn’t so lucky. I did manage to take yesterday off though and it was great to watch the parade from the comfort of my home while also catching up with the racing at Cheltenham. As I’m a fan of horse racing I always try to make it to the main racing festivals during the year and although I didn’t get over to England this year it was great to see the Irish doing well throughout the week.

Of course the talking point in sport this weekend is the highly anticipated match between England and Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday as part of the 6 Nations. The pressure is on England this weekend as they are chasing a Grand Slam that they haven’t won since 2003 plus they are playing away from home in the Aviva Stadium for the first time. They will most likely be nervous and hopefully Ireland will be able to use this to their advantage and win on the day. Another two big matches will be taking place on the day also with Scotland playing France and Italy taking on Wales. I know I’ll be glued to the tv on Saturday and will hopefully be cheering on Ireland to a much needed win! On other rugby news I’d like to congratulate the North Kildare Rugby Club on their promotion to division 2 of the Leinster League. Well done to all the team, they well deserved it!

Hope you all enjoyed your Paddy’s Day celebrations and join me in wishing Ireland the best of luck in their game tomorrow!

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