St Patrick's Day kicks off in style

16:00, Mar 17 2014

St Patrick's Day is a day when everyone is Irish.

Yesterday, New Plymouth's Irish bars were filled with guests out to down a few pints and reflect on the day's true meaning.

Eoin O'Mahony, of Tikorangi, was at The Black Harp for a few drinks when the Taranaki Daily News spoke with him.

He said St Patrick's Day was a commemoration of the Irish patron saint who was responsible for chasing snakes out of the country. Mr O'Mahony said how the day was observed depended on one's religious persuasion.

"Otherwise it's just a day to celebrate with drinks," he said. "Today's the day everyone's Irish."

The Irish native said being able to celebrate St Patrick's Day in New Zealand made him a little less homesick.

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"Kiwis are awesome at having parties," he said.

Mr O'Mahony was also joined by friend Reg Russell, of New Plymouth, who was celebrating his 60th birthday.

Mr Russell said birthdays were celebrated a lot less frequently when one got older. "So this gives me something to do," he said.

Bertie Burleigh of Peggy Gordon's Celtic Bar said it was a very busy day for him. "It's a day of fun, frivolity and food," he said.

Customer Regan O'Connor, of New Plymouth, said he was third-generation Irish and celebrating St Patrick's Day was a family tradition. "I also kind of like snakes," he said.

Taranaki Daily News