March 17th, 2009
05:01 PM ET

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Dublin

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Greetings from Ireland!

As the locals say, I'm on holiday in Dublin with family. It's been a grand time (more local speak). We are part of the estimated half a million people who lined the streets of Dublin today for the parade down O'Connell Street and beyond.

The crowd is very festive. A lot of green, white and orange can be seen throughout the city. Plus, shamrocks painted on faces and "Kiss me I'm Irish" pins and T-shirts. I'd bet about 60 percent of the crowd is American. The locals aren't complaining. They're making a lot of money. It will come in handy.

The worldwide recession has hit Ireland hard. I read in the local newspaper, Ireland's unemployment rate is nearly 11 percent. By comparison, it's about 8 percent in the U.S.

When times were good, the Republic of Ireland was known as the "Celtic Tiger". Well, the tiger is no longer roaring. But, on this St. Patrick's Day, there's no talk of the bad economic situation. Today is a day to celebrate Irish history and heritage – whether your Irish (like me) or not.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Filed under: Economy • Global 360° • Maureen Miller
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Good day to wish you were a Leprechaun.

    March 18, 2009 at 8:37 am |
  2. sabina moraa

    Happy belated St. Patricks day.

    March 18, 2009 at 2:41 am |
  3. KIm

    We're looking in NC for the 18 million dollars the gov. put in a pot ! Did anyone find it ? That money was from the educational lottery and we want it back ! Happy St. Patrick's Day !

    March 18, 2009 at 2:23 am |
  4. Annie Kate

    Sounds like fun – wish I was there. Ireland is such a lovely country and the Irish appear to know how to really celebrate. Hope the American tourists spent a lot of dollars there and the Irish economy sees reason to celebrate as well.

    March 17, 2009 at 11:24 pm |
  5. Lawrence

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all our Irish kin!

    From your cousins in the South.

    March 17, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  6. Trisha

    Happy St. Patrick's Day to all. Nice to see some uplifting news. Come on we are all alittle Irish on St. Pat's Day. Me I am half blood Irish and proud of it.

    March 17, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  7. George Egbert Jr.

    Re: AIG bonuses
    Something is missing. Contractual bonuses are based upon certain results. They are not guaranteed. What did the contracts say? What are the contingencies?

    March 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  8. Maria

    Ac360 diverse blog is phenomena,
    Thanks for the hard work and being creative.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day to All.

    March 17, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  9. Carl Parisien Natick MA

    nice happy article for a change. Carl Parisien Natick MA

    March 17, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  10. Sharon S

    Happy St Patrick's Day! I wish I were over there it looks like fun!

    I love Ireland!!! A good day to celebrate!

    March 17, 2009 at 5:13 pm |

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