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St. Patrick's Day will soon be upon us. Photo by: Hongreddotbrewhouse

The ten very best ways to spend St. Patrick’s Day this year

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St. Patrick's Day will soon be upon us. Photo by: Hongreddotbrewhouse

It is that time of year when we apply our fresh coat of green and go forth to proclaim our heritage to the world. Here are some ways you can make the experience even better.

1.  Grab a glass of Guinness or a fifth of Jameson and sit down with “The Quiet Man” the best Irish American movie ever made

2.  Read “How the Irish saved Civilization” by Thomas Cahill, the perfect introduction to the incredible impact of the Irish worldwide

Pint of Guinness at The Corner Bar, Galway. Photo credit: calflier001/wikicommons

3.  Slap on a CD of “Riverdance” or ”Lord of the Dance” and enjoy one of Ireland’s greatest cultural gifts to the world. (If you can't wait till the USA dates later in the year that is.)

4.  March in a parade and glory in the memory of those millions who marched before and made it possible for such Irish pride to endure

5.  Take your wife or beloved out to an Irish pub with music and craic and soak in the unique atmosphere – Guinness and Jameson also helps the heart relax.

6.  Read some poetry by William Butler Yeats, perhaps the world’s great poet. I heartily recommend  “The Song of Wandering Aengus ‘or “Easter 1916.”

William Butler Yeats. Photo credit: United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division

7.  Go to the 1901 or 1911 Irish census online and see if you can trace loved ones before they left for America. Equally Griffith’s Valuations goes right back to the famine

8. Guinness stew or corned beef and cabbage makes it feel like a very special Irish day.

9. Faith of our fathers.  Attend a mass and reconnect with those generations before you who placed religion at the very center of their lives.

10. If you are up for it read “The Great Hunger” By Cecil Woodham Smith, the definitive work on The Great Famine. You will understand the lives of your forefathers much better.

Do you have any other ideas on how to celebrate the day? Let us know.

*Originally published March 2012

 Crowds at the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Wappingers Falls, New York. Photo credit: Juliancolton/wikicommons

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