People the world over celebrate St. Patrick’s Day differently - and that’s a good thing. We always encourage people to be original and celebrate their own way, but if you want to celebrate it like a local, we’ve got a bit of handy advice. Think of them as local tips rather than rules.

Think of this as your inside track.

● The first thing you might want to get down are a few Irish sayings to help you talk the talk. A greeting like howarya (how are you) or a vaguely confident comment about the weather are always good ways to break the ice.

● When it comes to the dress code, green is good, but remember moderation is your friend. It’s not that we don’t like shamrocks and leprechaun costumes , it’s just that we can think of better ways to show our patriotism (Like a good old shamrock shake ).

● If you find yourself in a restaurant on Paddy’s Day we can help you order Irish food like a local too. First of all, we’re not sure where this corn beef and cabbage myth came from, a far more traditional Irish recipe would be bacon and cabbage. Other dishes we would recommend would be a hearty Irish stew or a full Irish breakfast of bacon, sausage, eggs and Irish soda bread . And for the day that’s in it, what better way to start the day than a cockle warming Irish coffee.

● One last thing. We don’t want to be sticklers about this, but it’s St. Patrick’s Day or Paddy’s Day , but never St. Patty’s Day . We know that good friends don’t go by full names, but in Ireland a patty is a burger.

(For the full scoop on how to fit in with the locals on Paddy’s Day, click through to our video)

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