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Ireland: both Atlantic and European Irish celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

By knl9j Mar18,2024

Analysis This Sunday, March 17, Ireland celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day, an unofficial religious and national holiday, celebrated.

in the country and wherever the diaspora has spread. On this occasion, the Irish Prime Minister, as every year, is making a four-day visit to the United States, home to the largest Irish diaspora in the world, for a series of meetings which seal one hundred years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

This Friday, March 15, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar meets in Washington with President Joe Biden, Vice-President Kamala Harris and the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives for very political discussions, at a time when two countries celebrate one hundred years of diplomatic relations.

But also of friendship because, beyond the busy political agenda, this visit is in the purest tradition which means that, since 1952, a representative of the Irish government has been received each year at the White House and in Congress to St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, in a country where 12% of the total population (38 million) declare themselves of Irish origin. On March 11, the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) made a speech in Boston.

Director of Irish Studies at Georgetown University, Coilin Parsons noted, during Joe Biden’s trip to Ireland in April 2023, that, in the United States, “no other country (that Ireland, Editor’s note) does not have this level of consideration. The Emerald Isle knows that in the White House it has a major ally. Firstly because the president draws his origins from Ireland, particularly maternal ones.

But even more, because he has positioned himself on several occasions as the ardent defender and guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, which sealed peace on April 10, 1998 after thirty years of conflict in Northern Ireland between Catholics and Protestants. Its link with Ireland is also not devoid of political interest just over eight months before the presidential election in November in the United States. The Irish-American vote still counts today in strategic states such as Pennsylvania and Ohio.

In any case, the weekend will be, on both sides of the Atlantic, dominated by the green of Ireland. The party will take place in the street, with singing and dancing, all washed down with a pint of Guinness and a few showers.

Kennedy, the first Irish-American president. And this Sunday, March 17, he will present President Biden with the traditional bowl of shamrock, conveying the St. Patrick’s Day greetings from the Irish people to the American people.

The symbolism of the clover comes from a legend according to which Saint Patrick, who tried to convert King Aengus to the Christian cause, showed him a clover and told him that each leaf represented an entity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The clover as a whole represented God and made it possible to explain that the latter is present in three persons.

This metaphor has spread to the point of associating this plant with Saint Patrick, with the country’s conversion to Christianity and then with all of Ireland.



By knl9j

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