St. Patrick’s Day is our national holiday, and a day when the whole world can call themselves Irish. We encourage people to celebrate the day their own way, but if you’re visiting Ireland and want to do it like a local, here’s a handy cheat sheet. Think of it as insider advice rather than official Irish etiquette.

  • As it turns out St. Patrick was actually from Wales, this just shows that you don’t have to be Irish to get into the spirit of things on the big day.
  • Dressing for the occasion is always appreciated, but if you want to fit in with the locals then try to avoid the “full shamrock” look. Head to toe green is not required, moderation is your friend.
  • “Kiss Me I’m Irish” shirts actually have the opposite effect over here. But if you have an exotic accent...sure chance your arm.
  • If you want some Irish lingo that’s a bit more authentic than “top of the morning to you, try “Howrya?” (how are you) or “What’s the craic?” (is there any fun happening in your life).
  • Lastly, and most importantly it’s Paddy’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day, but never “Patty’s Day”. Over here a patty is a burger and we’re not celebrating a burger every March 17th (although that could be interesting).

Local's Guide to St Patrick's Day


Some local advice about how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day like the natives from local funny man Kevin McGahern.


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