St. Patrick's Day on The Ellen Show
The Ellen show came to Ireland for St. Patrick's Day with Andy Zenor, dressed as a very tall leprechaun, as their representative.
Check out the video of Andy Zenor in Ireland
Also on the Ellen Show, people got their jig on:
Amanda Peet Gets a Surprise for St. Patrick's day too and also tries on her Irish accent
IrishAbroad.com waited patiently near St. Patrick's cathedral in Dublin for the St. Patrick's Day parade to pass. Thankfully, the rain stayed off and little rays of sun poked through to the clouds. Check out the photos - you need to be logged in to see the photos.
Greening of the World
We also received photos, courtesy of Tourism Ireland, of the Greening of the World St. Patrick's Day 2012 - Loads of iconic places and buildings went green for the day, including Niagara Falls, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and Sydney opera House
Tourism Ireland also had some other St. Patrick's Day initiatives around the world including 2 flashmobs that we know of. One in The Hague
and one in Toronto
and some 'VirtuREEL' Irish Dancing at Central Station, Sydney
More St. Patrick's Day Photos from our members
St Patrick's Day in North Little Rock
An Sleeving Dregs on St Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's, Day Parade Brussels
John Brady's St. Patrick's Day
Unfortunately, there was violent riots to mar the day in London, Ontario, Canada
Bandon in Cork went leprechaun crazy breaking the Guinness World record for how many people dressed as leprechauns in one place. They smashed the previous record of 264 with 1,263 people dressed as leprechauns. Here's what 1,263 leprechauns looks like: http://jrnl.ie/388881
NASA even got in on the St. Patrick's Day fever this year taking a picture of a very clear and green island: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=49687
If you every wondered how Chicago dyes the river green every St. Patrick's Day, here is the video
Especially for the week that was in it, Morning Ireland ran an Irish Abroad special, speaking with lots of Irish people abroad of their experiences of emigrating and living abroad.
Obama's Irish connections
Obama's cousin Henry Healy, from Moneygall, Co. Offaly, couldn't believe his luck at having such a special reception with the US president, and also travelled with Obama in his limo for an impromptu pint at the Dubliner Pub in NY. Henry tweeted just after that : 'Ok how surreal was that just went for a guinness with president Obama in the Dubliner in DC' and posted a twit pic and more photos from the WhiteHouse at
And the video of them in the Dubliner Pub:
White House St. Patrick's Day Reception
Obama said he would visit Ireland again if re-elected.
While Kenny was in the US, a US Congresswoman urged him to block the Galway Guevara statue http://jrnl.ie/391191
St. Patrick's Day on IA
On IrishAbroad.com, we had great recipe contributions for St. Patrick's Day from Imen McDonnell (Brown Bread & Irish Whiskey Ice Cream) , Mairead Geary (Crockpot Guinness Beef Stew & Irish Brown Bread), and Margaret Johnson (Spotted Dog or Curnie Cake )
In our discussions, we asked our members what food they missed most from Ireland - Here are some of their answers: Barry's Tea, Lyon's Tea, a good fry up, Cadbury's chocolate, bisto, mushy peas, digestives, Taytos, Fadge, tattie bread, snowballs, Batter burgers, Chinese take away
We also asked them what they would be doing for St. Patrick's day . Unfortunately, one member had to go to a funeral.