St. Patrick's Day by Casey O'Donnell

April 17, 2015Laura Conlon

By Casey O’Donnell

This St. Patrick’s Day, the students of the Dublin Program lit the town—and the Notre Dame Centre—a vibrant shade of green over three days of celebration. The build-up to the big day—a program mass in Newman Chapel, brunch with members of the Nanovic Institute, a hurling lesson from two county players, a distinguished guest lecturer, and the ‘greening’ of O’Connell House—was almost as fast-paced as St. Patrick’s Day itself. But nothing could quite match the spirit that fills Dublin every year on March 17.

On St. Patrick’s Day, the ND students walked over to O’Connell Street as a group, where they dispersed in attempts to fill every sliver of available space and join fellow revellers in witnessing Dublin’s unique parade pass by. The next part of the day was spent at Croke Park enjoying the club finals in Gaelic football and hurling, two of the most infectiously exciting (if somewhat confusing) sports one can watch. Then they were off to celebrate the night together, a great end to three lively days of festivities.