St. Patrick's Day around the world
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Australia's Irish pubs were expected to do booming business, while Sydney hosted one of the world's many St. Patrick's Day parades on Sunday.
A memorial to the Flight of the Earls was dedicated at Andermatt, Switzerland to mark the day. Early in the 17th Century, the last of the Gaelic Earls fled Ireland for Spain, travelling through Andermatt during their journey.
St. Patrick's Day parades are conducted in many regions of Japan. The Tokyo parade began in 1992, with this year's edition held on Sunday in the city's Omotesandō neighbourhood. Elsewhere in Asia, Singapore also held a St. Patrick's Day parade, this year connected with the 140th anniverary of the introduction of Guinness beer to that nation.
Finally from Ireland itself, nearly all of that nation's cabinet ministers will be in various nations for promotional visits. Prime Minister Bertie Ahern was in Washington to present a bowl of shamrocks to United States President George W. Bush, among other activities.
- Eugene Wee. "'Leprechauns' hunt for... BIGGEST Guinness fan" — , March 17, 2008
- "St Patrick's Day marked in the Alps" — , March 17, 2008
- Lisa Desjardins. "Irish leader shares the green in Washington" — , March 17, 2008
- "St Pat's celebrations" — , March 17, 2008
- "Irish pubs prepare for busiest day" — , March 17, 2008
- "Dyeing of the River" — , March 17, 2008
- "A Bridge Between Ireland and Europe" — , March 17, 2008
- "The 17th St. Patrick's Day Parade Tokyo" — , March 16, 2008
- Fionnan Sheahan. "Ahern to raise illegals' plight on US trip" — , March 15, 2008
- Associated Press. "St Patrick's day goes global - officially" — , March 12, 2008
- "Cabinet to travel globe for Patrick's Day" — , March 11, 2008