An Irish priest has called for St Patrick’s Day to be moved to the summer after a freezing feast day this year.

Fr Paddy O’Kane, from Donegal but ministering in the Ballymagroarty parish in Derry, has suggested moving the celebrations to July 12, the day of the Orange parade marking the Battle of the Boyne, reports DonegalNow.com.

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“I invite our bishops and politicians to change this National Feast Day to another such as the Glorious Twelfth,” said Fr Paddy.

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“Then we would have a united Ireland as we all celebrate together in greater comfort.”

Fr Paddy argues that saints’ feast days are not written in stone and our “countryside is not yet at its beautiful best” in March.

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“Any summer month will do if the Twelfth is out,” he continued.

“‘Hail Glorious St. Patrick’ we sing - there is little glorious about our March weather as too often the ‘Hail!’ is really ‘hail.’”

A little girl bundled up in the cold for St Patrick's Day celebrations.Rollingnews.ie