So, yesterday was Saint Patrick’s Day here in good old Ireland. And I am pleased to report, no causalities for the Mercyhurst study abroad students!
Wednesday night, the festivities started with fireworks out over Dungarvan Bay! This was such a surreal moment for me. Like I’m going to be celebrating the Irish holiday in Ireland! How fecking cool is that?!?
Our actual Saint Patrick’s Day festivities began bright and early when we were asked to meet with the mayor outside of their version of City Hall. Each year for the eight years that students have been coming to Dungarvan, they have a flag raising ceremony where they raise the Irish and the American flag in out honor in front of City Hall.
After the flag raising ceremony, we walked as a group to St. Mary’s Cathedral, where I attended my first Catholic Mass. The really cool part about this, besides getting to sit in the place of honor, and having the priest personally welcome us, was that sections of the service were done in Irish! It was very cool to hear the language being spoken and sung.
After the service, we had some time to get ready before the parade. So, Kelsey, Sara, and I explored up around the church for a while and found a place that makes the best cheesecake!
So, we get back and get all decked up for the parade!
The wonderful Tom Keith and his wife Caramel gave us huge flags to carry, and everyone was really done up. Mercyhurst gets to walk right near the front, so we were basically leading the parade!
After we finished the parade, we were treated to food and drinks at the Dungarvan Sailing Club. This is the seventh year they’ve opened their doors to Mercyhurst!
After all our food and drinks we were free for the rest of the night! We went out to our favorite Anchor Bar, which was so packed you couldn’t even move, and you couldn’t hear anything anyone was saying but it was so much fun to be apart of!
After we left the bar, we came back to the house and a group of us played Disney Power Hour, which kicked my butt like nothing else! Basically, it plays Disney clips and in between the clips you do shots. As it keeps playing, the clips get shorter and you take more shots. But, let me tell you, by the end, you really think you can sing! I don’t think I’ve ever belted out more Disney tunes in my life that loudly before!
Eventually, I got the hiccups for about an hour and decided that I should probably head off to bed. Woke up this morning and managed to make it to class so I call our Saint Paddy’s Day a success!