And so it came to pass that the cynical amongst us noted that this year they haved moved St Patricks Day from the usual 17th March which would have been a QNI Monday, to the far more party friendly 15th March, a Saturday. Whilst the articles and so on suggest this is just a shimmy for religious reasons – what with an early Easter and all, your important feast days can’t clash. Something has to give and you can’t exactly move the first day of Holy Week. Nevertheless a result for the marketing men of Guinness who not only get to celebrate St Patrick’s Day twice, but once on a Saturday!

Oh, and there were never any snakes in Ireland anyway.