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St Patrick’s Day
17 Mar

St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig), is a cultural and religious celebration occurring annually on 17 March, the death date of the most commonly-recognised patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461). Far more than just a day to bolster your Guinness sales, St Patrick’s is a great day to explore all elements of popular and traditional Irish culture, from a hearty Irish breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring items such as soda bread, potato farl and a classic stew, fancy dress (especially the “wearing of the green”) and great music. Horse racing at the Cheltenham Festival attracts large numbers of Irish racing enthusiasts, both residents of Britain and many who travel from Ireland, and usually has one day that coincides with St Patrick’s Day – why not organise a trip for those customers that fancy a flutter, starting with a breakfast you prepare, before coming back to the pub to celebrate or commiserate with an Irish whiskey?