Yet another post about Paddy's Day
Yeah, just had a look at irishblogs.ie, and I can see I'm only going to be contributing to a cluster of these posts, but howandever it won't stop me!!
Tomorrow is the feastday of our national saint. St. Patrick's Day, for decades a day when you brought the kids to see the carnival..now a week-long festival celebrating the eccentricities of Oirish culture. Also a day where we get to watch Sky News and RTE with a smug smile as they broadcast clips of festivities around the world and we get to congratulate ourselves on th breadth of the diaspora across the globe, and how great our little nation is.
But not forgetting that it's a day when every member of Dublin's underclass gets tanked up on cans of Dutchie and Linden Village, before staggering the short distance from their tenements to the city centre, where they cross the Liffey for the the first time in 12 months to lay siege to Grafton Street, cover the McDonald's street frontage in urine, lay an attractive broken glass carpet on the pavement and generally behave like the little fucks they are.
And the poor Gardai spend the day tearing around town trying to arrest as many burberry wearing knackbags as possible, either due to visible law breaking or the law of averages.
I've been in town the last two years..and it was mental. For entertainment purposes, my friends and I spent a good 15 minutes following the paddywagons (an appropriate monicker, given the day in question) up and down Grafton St, as they moved from mob to mob, to disrupt and arrest the louts.
The scary thing is the utter lack of fear that knackers now have towards the police. That needs to be remedied with a few batons to the back of the head and a good number of arrests. Fear may not be the only thing needed to get the Gardai back the respect they're owed by these... creatures, but it's a step in the right direction.
All-in-all, a day to be proud to be Irish, so long as you don't focus on the Irish.
Have a good one, everybody.