Staying sober on St Patrick's Day isn't a chore! Let's not fall foul of the stereotype and find other ways to celebrate national saint this March 17. 

Here's a list that can make St. Patrick's Day fun without ever darkening the doorstep of your local. It's really not that hard to leave the Guinness alone for just one day and celebrate being Irish in other ways. 

Here's how to have a sober St Patrick's Day: 

Curl up at home and rent "The Quiet Man."

Simply the best Irish movie for St. Patrick's Day ever made. By the end, you'll be ready to move to Connemara yourself.

Cook bacon (or if you're Stateside corned beef) and cabbage for you and your beloved.

When they came off the ships, bacon and cabbage was the staple diet of the shanty Irish. Tasted good then and as good now.

Read more: Why Irish Americans eat corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day, not bacon

Watch some Irish television from Ireland at RTE.ie/player.


Catch up on what is happening in the Emerald Isle.

Read "How the Irish Saved Civilization" by Thomas Cahill.

This will fill you in on the real St. Patrick and the incredible job he did in converting the Irish back in the fifth century.

Try to Learn Irish, the tongue of your forebears for centuries.

Lucky for you we have a foolproof guide to get you started for free. 


Book a trip to Ireland

An extra half a million visitors came to Ireland during the first nine months of 2014.

An extra half a million visitors came to Ireland during the first nine months of 2014.

By leaving after St. Patrick's Day you will save money and what with Norwegian Air now in the market, you can get flights home for as cheap as chips. 

Watching the local St. Patrick's Parade on television or in person, and bring the family along.



Researching your family name.

Here's a good place to start - The top 300 Irish family names explained

How will you be spending this St Patrick's Day? Let us know in the comments section, below. 

* Originally published in 2013.

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