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St Patrick's Live

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  • 07:14
    Aaaaand we're off! Lá Fheile Padraig sona daoibh go léir! We'll be covering the events of the day here and, for starters, the weather looks - at least - slightly better than it was yesterday! Beannacht agus fáilte!
  • 07:15
  • 07:19
    First things first - if you're planning on moving around today, check out AA Roadwatch's guide to road closures: http://www.aaireland.ie/AA/AA-Roadwatch/Event-Guide/St-Patricks-Festival.aspx
  • 07:24
    If you fancy a gander around the site, we've got loads going on for the festival that's in it - from archive slideshows to and galleries, our interactive Tweetmap to what's going on around the country. Check it out and add your local town by tweeting your event with the hashtag #paddytimes 

    http://www.irishtimes.com/topics/st-patricks-2012/paddytimes.html
  • 07:26
    According to Met Éireann, we're looking at a chilly St Patrick's Day with sunny spells and heavy showers - although the outlook is slightly better for Dublin than elsewhere. But don't get mad; blame it on the weatherman!
  • 07:26
  • 07:30
    Having just had a look at the Irish Times tweetmap, I find myself beginning to wonder: has Tyrone always been that big? I think it's time for a cuppa.
  • 07:42
    Throughout the day we'll be having a look at portrayals of Irishness on screen - one of my favourite random Irish link-ups was in series two of the sci-fi TV series, Heroes, where Peter Petrelli washes up in a gangster-ridden Cork docklands. How about you? Can you think of any particularly bizarre Irish TV or movie moments?
  • 07:43
    Totally jealous of Nessa Robin's St Patrick's Day breakfast in bed! http://instagr.am/p/IRGajGCMG2/

    http://twitter.com/nessarobins
  • 07:49
    Apparently you don't have to be Irish to be Irish - at least according to this beautiful moment from Flight of the Doves. It's a great day for the Irish, folks.
  • 07:49
  • 08:00
    Joe Delaney Spare a thought for the poor people who have to work today :(
  • 08:00
    Ah Joe, sure aren't I working myself? I feel your pain - at least we can comfort ourselves with the sure and certain knowledge that we won't have to carry screaming children through rowdy crowds. Can't we?
  • 08:03
    RositaBoland via Twitter Happy #stpatricks from a clear and sunny Dublin. No soggy notebook this year I hope. Out and about reporting anon
  • 08:06
    Did you catch this week's feature on what #beingIrishmeans? How about you take a look and get back to me with your own versions - I'm off to have a slice of toast and a cuppa Lyons. 

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/features/2012/0314/1224313261313.html
  • 08:08
    RositaBoland via Twitter Must ensure house is snake free before departing
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  • 08:09
    RositaBoland via Twitter RT @sextonireland: Hunter turns hunted @catherineeats :) Try critic's baking @itsa_bagelstore Ranelagh http://fb.me/1fty3lp60 ..in aid of ...
  • 08:10
    RositaBoland via Twitter I see @darraghdoyle is up with the larks. Or snakes.
  • 08:11

    Wow, love this image of Ireland from NASA's Aqua satellite - so green! http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=49687

  • 08:16
    Ireland in the movies part two, PS I Love You. Gerard Butler, you will never be forgiven for crimes against the Irish accent. Nor, for that matter, for crimes against wife beaters.
  • 08:16
  • 08:22
    RositaBoland via Twitter RT @GenEmigration: Happy #StPatricksDay folks! The #irishtimes will be covering the events of the day live from the http://irishtimes.com ...
  • 08:24
    Dermot Hanway La fheile Padraig sona daoibh go leir as Sofia, an Bhulgáir! Честит Св. Патрик ден на всички от София, България!
  • 08:26
    Dermot, lá fheile padraig right back at you! I hope you're celebrating in suitably Irish style, even in Bulgaria
  • 08:30
    Raptureponies Woo, very nice to follow as I cook my breakfast in a lovely sunny Athens! No parade here though :(
  • 08:30
    Jason A happy Saint Patricks Day from Leon in Nicaragua!! Trying my best to fly the flag!!
  • 08:32
    Wow, so many of you are abroad - do Ireland-dwellers not use the internet any more?!
  • 08:33
  • 08:33
    (And now, for some more Irish movie moments ...)
  • 08:36
    Larry Ward Hey all, do have a wonderful Paddys day
  • 08:37
    Thanks Larry! (Hats off! - is that the cheesy line you get more than any other cheesy line ever?!)
  • 08:40
  • 08:40
    All hail Anjelica ...
  • 08:40
    Kevin Cully St Patricks Day Cornwall. Gearing up for the match . Someone retore the airlink from Newquay to Dublin now!!
  • 08:40
    Eoin Drinan Happy St Patrick's Day,to be sure, to be sure.Time for some Craic as yez like to be a calling it.What did St Patrick say to the Snakes as he drove them out of Ireland? Belt up in the back.
  • 08:44
    joe Merry St paddys!
  • 08:44
    Anne Fornelli La Fheile Phadraig from sunny Tunisia. No parades here but have been invited to celebrate with some Canadians this evening. Have even been asked to wear green!
  • 08:44
    Anne, how terrifying - did you even bring green clothes with you?
  • 08:45
    #beingirishmeans that if Penneys ever closed, half the country would be naked – Gareth McGregor 

    From our #beingirishmeans tweet collection, here: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/features/2012/0314/1224313261313.html

    What does being Irish mean to you? 
  • 08:45
    Anne Fornelli I'm hoping I'll get away with a green salad and my Irish passport!
  • 08:45
    Guest Happy Paddy's day to the global Irish family
  • 08:50
    RositaBoland via Twitter Welcome @MarianKeyes to the magic that is The Twitter Machine!
  • 08:51
    And in honour of St Patrick's Day, the lovely ladies over at beaut.ie have released their list of Ireland's top 50 (male) fine things. Who's number one?! (Or should that say who are number one ...)

    http://beaut.ie/blog/50-fine-things-2/
  • 08:56
    Darrell Rosemary....the Ireland dwellers are still in bed!,
  • 08:56
    Darrell, good point - any other Saturday and I'd still be there too ...
  • 09:00
    Darrell Well...can't be chatting the morning away. Time to put down the iPad and get up and start with coffee in beautiful Killaloe.
  • 09:04
  • 09:04
    What's your favourite Irish song? This might just be mine - especially following Sinead O'Connor's great performance on last night's Late Late.
  • 09:07
    Guest how did st.patricks day start
  • 09:08
    You can check out the history of St Patrick's Day here - March 17th is often thought to be the day of St Patrick's death. http://www.st-patricks-day.com/about_saintpatrick.html
  • 09:08
    Iona how did the hole thing start
  • 09:08
    RositaBoland via Twitter Passed three little girls dressed in green on way to buy 'green donuts' for breakfast. Their dad's face was already green
  • 09:11
    Did you catch Kathy Sheridan's piece on the new diaspora, based on an Irish Times survey of Irish emigrants. Read up here: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2012/0317/1224313458935.html
  • 09:14
    And in other St Patrick appropriate news, Nike has apologies over calling a limited-edition shoe the Black and Tan: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/0316/breaking2.html?via=mr
  • 09:32
  • 09:32
    Tayto, come back Tayto! Ah, Into the West, so many memories ...
  • 09:34
    Did you know that Butte, Montana, has the biggest St Patrick's Day festival in the Rockies? http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/features/2011/0316/1224292257518.html
  • 09:38
    patrick Hey,and happy St.Patrick Day!
  • 09:41
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Neil Delamere is here filming his new TV show #spf12
     
  • 09:42
  • 09:43
    Here's some more Irish music ... any requests? I'm just like a virtual Dave Fanning, except less grumpy.
  • 09:46
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Here's the band from the University of Missouri. Welcome to Dublin folks #spf12
     
     
  • 09:47
    Undated Tourism Ireland handout photo of a flock of Scottish sheep in  West Lothian who have been died green to mark Saint Patrick's Day.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday March 17, 2012. See PA  story SCOTLAND StPatricks. Tourism  I
    Undated Tourism Ireland handout photo of a flock of Scottish sheep in West Lothian who have been died green to mark Saint Patrick's Day. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday March 17, 2012. See PA story SCOTLAND StPatricks. Tourism I
  • 09:48
    Denis MacColeman Happy St. Patrick's Day from Alabama, U.S.A.
  • 09:49
    Happy St Patrick's Day, Denis!
  • 09:49
    RositaBoland via Twitter All set. Bring out the leprechauns. The bands. The dyed river. No, wrong city #TwitPict
     
  • 09:51
    Sue McNeill Enjoy your day...my son is there this week from Canada...he was born in dublin 23 yrs ago...gone back to his roots and is at the parade today....wish I was there with you....can you play any U2?
  • 09:52
  • 09:52
    Sue, we sure can! This song is not a rebel song ...
  • 09:53
    Sue McNeill ahhhhh thanks so much
  • 09:55
  • 09:55
    The Muppets do Danny Boy ... brilliant.
  • 09:57
    Earlier on (go on, scroll back) I posted a video from Flight of The Doves entitled You Don't Have to be Irish to be Irish. Well if you liked that, you're in luck - the film itself is on RTÉ One at 2.20pm!
  • 10:00
    darraghdoyle via Twitter From the John F Kennedy High School Shamrock Regiment of La Palma, California #spf12
     
     
  • 10:02
    Check out Bryan O'Brien's slideshow from St Patrick's Day in New York, 1995. http://www.irishtimes.com/indepth/slideshows/newyork-stpats/
  • 10:04
    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 17:  The Sky Tower illuminates green on  March 17, 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand. Sky Tower joins the Opera  House in Sydney, and Table Mountain in South Africa in going green to  celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  (Phot
    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 17: The Sky Tower illuminates green on March 17, 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand. Sky Tower joins the Opera House in Sydney, and Table Mountain in South Africa in going green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. (Phot
  • 10:05
    the_irish_times via Twitter Tweet your Irish Paddy’s day photos and town name to @the_irish_times using #paddytimes. See pics here: http://iti.ms/zQfVsU Pls RT
  • 10:08
  • 10:11
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Being treated to a recital from the Pride of Tri-County Marching Cavaliers of Volcott-Remington, Indiana #spf12
     
  • 10:12
    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: The Sydney Opera House is illuminated green on March 17, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. The Sydney Opera House joins Sky Tower in Auckland, and Table Mountain in South Africa in going green to celebrate St. Patrick's Da
    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: The Sydney Opera House is illuminated green on March 17, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. The Sydney Opera House joins Sky Tower in Auckland, and Table Mountain in South Africa in going green to celebrate St. Patrick's Da
  • 10:17
    Siobhan Happy St Patricks from sunny and hot Accra, Ghana. We will be celebrating by watchu
  • 10:18
    Siobhan Happy St Patricks day from hot and sunny Accra, Ghana! We will be celebrating by watching rugby, having a BBQ and later to the local Dutch bar!
  • 10:19
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Buster, Sebastian, Rommel and Velvet are the horses pulling the Lord Mayor's Carriage #spf12 http://t.co/gQjGSKR2
  • 10:21
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Isobel, Orla, Ellen, Clare from Drumcondra out for the Parade #spf12 http://t.co/FGpzeMxn
  • 10:24
  • 10:25
    Every time I hear the Voice Squad I think: I deireadh na ndála, would you be from anywhere else?
  • 10:26
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Here's the Shorecrest Highlanders from Washington #spf12 http://t.co/cdbiZIG9
  • 10:29
    A St Patrick's Day feast of eggs, gruel and, er, seaweed. Yum? http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0317/1224292406993.html
  • 10:31
    darraghdoyle via Twitter The Spraoi Fish is brilliant! #spf12 http://t.co/rnRdn78j
  • 10:34

    So much choice, so little time - the parade or the rugby? U2 or the Cranberries? Enya or Sinead? Being Irish is great.

  • 10:34
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Matilda, Martina, Sofia, Alicija and Tyrese are with Brighter Futures #spf12 http://t.co/TcRyJwdI
  • 10:40
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Another shot of that Spraoi fish #spf12 http://t.co/DjSn3Y9G
  • 10:41
    Peter Fitz Goosebumbs every time. Happ
  • 10:41
  • 10:41
    Peter Fitz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQ6-bYixpYE - Goosebumbs every time. Happy St. Patrick's Day Ireland!
  • 10:42
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Down Mountjoy St at the moment #spf12 http://t.co/No6OWPWS
  • 10:44
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Vantage point #spf12 http://t.co/mxZtrXi2
  • 10:46
    St Patrick vs Brigid - how St Patrick won out to become our patron saint of choice.

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/features/2010/0317/1224266427481.html
  • 10:47
  • 10:47
    And one of the best uses of Irish music in film - Enya's Orinoco Flow, played at maximum volume during a particularly disturbing and psychotic moment in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Cue much laughter from Irish audiences.
  • 10:48
    darraghdoyle via Twitter City Fusion getting ready #spf12 http://t.co/RXPrnkOe
  • 10:49
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Calm before the storm #spf12 http://t.co/a4rTnWGl
  • 10:50
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Do the Inishowen Carnival Group from Donegal realise their car needs a bit of work? #spf12 http://t.co/L0LWZIsH
  • 10:51
    And the parade countdown has begun ... people filling up stands along the Dublin parade route which, should you be concerned about it, is here:

    http://www.aaireland.ie/AA/AA-Roadwatch/Event-Guide/St-Patricks-Festival/Dublin/Dublin-City-St-Patricks-Parade.aspx
  • 10:53
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Joseph, Erin and Robert - awwww! #spf12 http://t.co/CIEUjpP6
  • 10:53
    And here's the rain ... which, really, was to be expected. Sure it wouldn't be Ireland without a bit of rain now would it?
  • 10:58
  • 10:59
    Sue McNeill oh wow, he is so young there...brings back many memories...
  • 10:59
    darraghdoyle via Twitter The folks from @buibolg in Wexford #spf12 http://t.co/pzEkI2vk
  • 11:01
    We're receiving reports of disruption on the red line Luas services - it might be worth considering an alternative route if you're coming in from Tallaght / Citywest directions ... more information as we get it!
  • 11:02
    patomahony1 via Twitter #spf12 Waiting for it all to kick off outside Dublin’s GPO http://t.co/fF07MuXR
  • 11:03
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Clodagh, Eric and Zoe from Bui Bolg #spf12 http://t.co/oq9X45F5
  • 11:05
    elana via Twitter Loving the view... http://t.co/0MzYRN69
  • 11:05
    Some great pics on Twitter of folks settling in to enjoy the parade ... grey skies aren't stopping them! Check out the #paddytimes hashtag or our interactive tweetmap on irishtimes.com
  • 11:07
  • 11:08
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Rachel, Kevin, Marisa and Stephen from the Navan Road #spf12 http://t.co/kTK799sR
  • 11:08
    RositaBoland via Twitter Yup. Bang on target. Has just started spitting rain in Dublin city centre
  • 11:09
    RositaBoland via Twitter This pic says it all #TwitPict
     
  • 11:11
    RositaBoland via Twitter So far have talkedto Austrian, French, Spanish, german, Japanese, Brazilian, Danish and Italian visitors. But have yet to find Americans
  • 11:12

    Yup, a fire in Dublin city centre has red line Luas services suspended past Blackhorse: http://www.luas.ie/travel-updates/

  • 11:16
    darraghdoyle via Twitter The Mountjoy Square flats #spf12 http://t.co/V5flkZUZ
  • 11:18
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Love this #spf12 http://t.co/b8aMiNsw
  • 11:19
    patomahony1 via Twitter #spf12 #Dublin And we’re go. http://t.co/M9YQe9qu
  • 11:20
    Twistedlilkitty via Twitter Todays Cartoon: The Truth about St. Patrick. http://t.co/e9SakPr5
  • 11:21
  • 11:22
    RTÉ's currently doing an entertaining montage of parades past ... Dustin the turkey taking centre stage
  • 11:22
    EmilyAM Play a Jedward song there. Go on!
  • 11:24
  • 11:24

    (In honour of Jedward's no 1 position on Beaut.ie's 50 Fine Things poll ...)

  • 11:25
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Roisin from Lucan will be two on Monday #spf12 http://t.co/Ajq9QmxH
  • 11:25
    EmilyAM Yay, thanks. Didn't realise Jedward won the Beaut.ie poll. Go him.
  • 11:26
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Great colours! #spf12
     
     
     
  • 11:27
    lynda cronin Ottawa painted green today!
  • 11:27
    Lynda, that's brilliant - do you have any pics you could send us? rmaccabe@irishtimes.com
  • 11:28
    RositaBoland via Twitter In a crowd of leprechauns with a wet notebook.
  • 11:29
    And that's an ad break - after which it'll be live from the parade:

    http://www.irishtimes.com/topics/st-patricks-2012/rte-live-feed.html
  • 11:29
    lynda cronin maybe later this afternoon, its early morning here.
  • 11:29
    That Jedward video has really taken a lot out of me ... I need to take a quick lie down before getting back into it!
  • 11:32
    And here's the President arriving with his wife, for the first of seven festivals as President of Ireland. Fáilte romhat, Micheál!
  • 11:34
    And the Austrians, in one day, have learned better Irish than most Irish people. Wow. At the front of the line since 8am!
  • 11:35
    Bernard Dunne's doing a great job with his bród club - bringing back the Irish language, one blow at a time!
  • 11:36
    The Lord Mayor has just arrived in his ceremonial carriage - which dates back to 1791. Impressive!
  • 11:38
    Now the deputy Lord Mayor, Maria Brody ... I never knew there was so much palaver around the parade. I mean, hurrah! Irish! Woooo!
  • 11:39
    Where did Blaithnaid Ní Chofaigh come out of? She's been in hiding for about four years ...
  • 11:41
    RositaBoland via Twitter View from media bus on Dame street. We're the only ones without green hats #TwitPict
     
  • 11:42
  • 11:43
    Oh hallo, Vincent McCarthy, curator of Dublin City of Science, you're a bit of alright. I'm currently tied up with this live blog, but give us a call, wouldja?
  • 11:45
    The theme is science, so pageants will be answering all kinds of questions about the world we live in ... with rainbows, sea creatures ... etc!
  • 11:45
    Two varying reports now. RTE says 500,000 people; marketing woman whose name I didn't catch says 125,000.
  • 11:47
    (Tenuous link alert ...)
  • 11:47
  • 11:50
    Wow, lucky people standing on the TOP of buildings on Westmoreland St. Amazing!
  • 11:52

    An Garda Síochána out in force today with horse, dog and foot units

  • 11:53
    John Giles is the festival Grand Marshal, taking it easy in his convertible there on O'Connell Bridge
  • 11:54
    Judging by Aidan Power's gloves, it's freezing outside. Can't confirm this as have been stuck in this live blogging bunker since dawn. Could someone please bring me a flask of tea? Anyone?
  • 11:54
    Ah, here's the Shorecrest Marching Band from Washington. The Americans are just so GOOD at pageantry. Irish people seem to get slightly embarrassed, but the yanks go all out.
  • 11:56
    If you, like me, don't fancy moving from your computer to your TV to watch the parade, you can view live on irishtimes.com

    http://www.irishtimes.com/topics/st-patricks-2012/rte-live-feed.html
  • 11:56
    The first pageant is Artastic, from Kildare, focusing on how a rainbow is formed
  • 11:57

    More than 140 performers in this float, seriously multicoloured - gorgeous!

  • 11:58
    diylan via Twitter O’ Connell Street through binoculars #paddysday http://t.co/ytR9Cqb2
  • 11:59
    RositaBoland via Twitter On it's way. Cue black cloud directly over my head.
  • 12:00
    I have to say, these rainbow kids look great, but their organisation is nothing compared with that Washington crowd. Next!
  • 12:00
    UnaMullally via Twitter Rainbow vibes in the parade #paddytimes http://instagr.am/p/IRj4RJqOiH/
  • 12:00
    "How excited are we about Kieran?" asks Blathnaid of Bobby Begley, speaking of Kieran Behan, approximately one foot away. Well, this is awkward ...
  • 12:01
    I bet these smiling, coordinated girls are American too ... prove me wrong, prove me wrong!
  • 12:02
    Yup, North Carolina. I could tell because of the rhythm. And the sparkly teeth.
  • 12:04
    rtekarenfitz via Twitter The President has arrived! Serious cavalcade! Blathnaid about to interview http://t.co/ZcBdQ6cS
  • 12:04
    UnaMullally via Twitter Yay parade:
     
    #paddytimes
  • 12:04
    Spraoi now, asking: "What lives beneath the sea?"
  • 12:04
    ALDERSHOT, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds a glass of Harvey's Bristol Creme in the Junior's Mess as she visits Aldershot Barracks on St Patrick's Day on March 17, 2012 in Aldershot, England. The Duchess presented shamr
    ALDERSHOT, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds a glass of Harvey's Bristol Creme in the Junior's Mess as she visits Aldershot Barracks on St Patrick's Day on March 17, 2012 in Aldershot, England. The Duchess presented shamr
  • 12:05
    And look! A slight aside as the Duchess of Cambridge visits Aldershot Barracks for St Patrick's Day wearing green and shamrocks!
  • 12:05
    RositaBoland via Twitter Curious why people don't dress as St Patrick. From the headgear i see, it could be ST Leprechans Day
  • 12:06
    Loving Spraoi's pageant ... so much hard work must have gone into their incredible creations!
  • 12:08
    RositaBoland via Twitter kids at upstairs windows opposite waving flags #TwitPict
     
  • 12:08
    The Clondalkin Youth Band performing Thriller as they traipse down the parade route behind Spraoi - looking every inch as good as those North Carolina kids.
  • 12:08
    platinumjones via Twitter Stunning #HowToBeIrish RT @MrBrenJamin Great photo RT @UnaMullally: Rainbow vibes in the parade #paddytimes http://instagr.am/p/IRj4RJqOiH/
  • 12:08

    Ooh the Clondalkin Youth Band is the only Irish marching band in the 2012 parade ... could it be ... are marching bands dying out?!

  • 12:10
    RositaBoland via Twitter next year, I'd like to report from this vehicle #TwitPict
     
  • 12:11
    Next parade pageant is Brighter Futures, answering: "If the earth is spinning, why don't we fall off?"
  • 12:13
    Ah, they're a youth arts project working with the Festival itself - for disadvantaged youth. Great idea.
  • 12:13
    RositaBoland via Twitter Dublin fire brigade pipeband getting big shouts. There is also a dog marching with them, but I don't know why. #caninepaddymystery
  • 12:14
    Ooh, an acrobat! It's just like Cirque de Soleil!
  • 12:14
    RositaBoland via Twitter Now there's a big gap. Come back, pipe band! Let me interview your dog
  • 12:15
    And now, John F Kennedy High School from California. Again, so in sync! I envy these Americans their sense of occasion and, crucially, timing.
  • 12:18
    Students of the John F Kennedy high school are, as I said, fabulous, but must have shares in some kind of cosmetics company. I'd also love to see their lipstick at the END of the parade route. It won't last, love!
  • 12:19
    Romford Drum & Trumpet Corps - I love those little dolly-looking drummers.
  • 12:21
    Charlotte is going to be vaulting on a horse that has never had a vaulter on its back before in Ireland. Charlotte is crazy.
  • 12:22
    "We're hoping to set it up in Ireland," says Charlotte's mum. "I'm sure there are loads of children who would love to try it." VAULTING. ON HORSES.

    I'm sorry, but that NEVER occurred to me, as a child, as something I'd like to do.
  • 12:22
    Those immaculate saplings are quite amazing but, might I say, slightly vulgar.
  • 12:23
    Commercial break! Time for a cuppa, methinks. Sitting on this chair for five hours is beginning to take its toll.
  • 12:24
    False alarm! False alarm! That was not a commercial break, it was a bizarre break in streaming from the parade to show us the news headlines. Am I missing something, or is RTE under the imrpession that we're in the middle of a war?
  • 12:24
    RositaBoland via Twitter Garda horses getting frisky.
  • 12:25
    RositaBoland via Twitter Garda horse parading backwards
  • 12:26
    I would quite like to be in a marching band. I wonder could I practise REAL hard between now and next year and realise my dream of marching in the St Patrick's Day parade.
  • 12:26
    RositaBoland via Twitter Garda horse
  • 12:27
    At least half of this marching band seems only to be required to wave at the crowd. I could totally do that.
  • 12:27
    RositaBoland via Twitter Sorry, last tweetsent early. Garda horse has clopped onwards
  • 12:28
    Macnas sounds great - jazzy pageant music! What a nice change from the boisterous drumming of bands of yore.
  • 12:28
    RositaBoland via Twitter However, if said gardahorse keeps parading backwards, I'll see him again soon
  • 12:30
    Wow - just, wow. Macnas's rhino is incredible.
  • 12:32
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Spraoi #spf12
     
     
     
     
  • 12:32
    Niall, hilarious! What are they even FOR?!
  • 12:32
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Cara from Drumcondra is 3 #spf12 http://t.co/TAVOG11o
  • 12:33
    RositaBoland via Twitter Now there's a conductor parading backwards.
  • 12:33

    The University of Notre Dame band from Indiana - I love Fr Sean's green geansaí an' all.

  • 12:33
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Every vantage point used #spf12 http://t.co/n6KKnisa
  • 12:34
    Robyn The quality of the floats never ceases to amaze me. They all look amazing.
  • 12:34
    Robyn, I agree - and actually I've realised the best view, sadly, is at home. I never get up close enough to see them properly.
  • 12:35
    patomahony1 via Twitter #spf12 #dublin Macnas on O’Connell Bridge. http://t.co/MkJB1RKn
  • 12:36
    RositaBoland via Twitter Dinner #TwitPict
     
  • 12:36
    "We have five senses," says Des, wisely. "Some say more - like art, science ..." Eh, no, Des, no one says art and science are senses.
  • 12:39
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Looking down Westmoreland St #spf12 http://t.co/HLTKWVx3
  • 12:42
    darraghdoyle via Twitter The lads aren't impressed #spf12 http://t.co/9vF3Ee7M
  • 12:42
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Oh wow! She said #spf12 http://t.co/BrLAFs8q
  • 12:42
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Sophie's first parade! #spf12 http://t.co/8d9Upplq
  • 12:43
    RositaBoland via Twitter cheerleaders of my youth #TwitPict
     
  • 12:43
    RositaBoland via Twitter Serious money involved in getting hundreds of band members over here. Must be at least 100 people in JFK high school band from LaPalma
  • 12:43
    "Your ma AND your da," says Blathnaid, seeing random man and putting 2 and 2 together. "No, me uncle," says young child. NEVER assume, B!
  • 12:44
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Here's himself #spf12 http://t.co/seTycy1P
  • 12:44
    Buí Bolg from Wexford look great, but seem to have taken some tips from the 1990s in terms of hairdos ... (you can take the fashion burd off the fashion blog but you can't stop her being bitchy, is the moral of THIS story)
  • 12:44
    RositaBoland via Twitter Horse alert. Girl in pink upside down on it's back.
  • 12:46
    Whitewater High School now, from Georgia - the Whitewater White Cats, is that what Des just said?
  • 12:47
    RositaBoland via Twitter my vocabulary deserts me for this one. Lovely yokes #TwitPict
     
  • 12:47
    The Inishowen Carnival Group: What makes the weather change?
  • 12:48
    Loving the mini cloud maker in the form of a brassy Beetle. Slick.
  • 12:48
    And a bit of Bjork - sure, what's not to love?
  • 12:48
    ChristineBohan via Twitter Wow. Great photo of Dublin's Patrick's Day parade. RT @UnaMullally: Rainbow vibes in the parade #paddytimes http://instagr.am/p/IRj4RJqOiH/
  • 12:51
    RositaBoland via Twitter Part of Fogartys wooden sign on Dame ST just fell down. On someone's head. They seem to be ok
  • 12:52
    Reminder that the St Patrick's Day festival doesn't end today - Merrion Square's Big Day Out is tomorrow, not to MENTION Mother's Day
  • 12:52
    The University of Missouri band has 213 performers - I hope they offset their carbon emissions ... the expense of some of this stuff is just incredible
  • 12:52
    eoinbannon via Twitter The Pollagh Pipe Band in full flight outside Dookinella Church on Achill. They’ve a long march home #paddytimes http://t.co/zGqctw0C
  • 12:54
    RositaBoland via Twitter Holy God. What's that, Ted? #TwitPict
     
  • 12:55
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Central bank is mobbed #spf12
     
  • 12:55
    Wow, the University of Missouri band was only massive. Now the Dublin cyclists!
  • 12:56
    Robyn 213 performers?! WOW, that is quite a logistics task. I know it's difficult enough just getting myself to Missouri and back.
  • 12:56
    OMG RTE's parade coverage is over? Surely it can't be over - if I had the energy / thought I'd get anywhere near I'd hop on my bike to catch the rest!
  • 12:56
    RositaBoland via Twitter In keeping with the great Paddy's Day tradition, it's time for more rain.
  • 12:57
    Macnas really WAS amazing. Their animals were stunning.
  • 12:58
    Ah close-up on the sleeping cutie with the Dublin cyclists! Adorable
  • 12:58
    What did y'all like the best out of the 2012 St Patrick's Day parade?
  • 13:00
    darraghdoyle via Twitter There's places to sit and then... #spf12
     
  • 13:00
  • 13:00
    Guest Are there any pictures of the Satin Strings orchestra and high school band from Odessa Texas?
  • 13:00
    Hallo, Guest, regarding the Satin Strings, I'm not entirely sure - if they appear I will upload them but haven't seen any yet!
  • 13:04
    Robyn Well, the Macnas rhino has to be a highlight. The detail in it was so impressive. Kudos to all involved. Pity the RTE coverage finished so early though.
  • 13:07
    8 year old Twins Aoife and Ciara Byrne from  Clonee  enjoying the St. Patricks day Parade as it passes Parnell  Square as part of the St. Patricks Festival.  Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES
    8 year old Twins Aoife and Ciara Byrne from Clonee enjoying the St. Patricks day Parade as it passes Parnell Square as part of the St. Patricks Festival. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES
  • 13:07
    RositaBoland via Twitter Mardi Gras by another name. Beads. Wigs. Weird and wonderful floats
  • 13:14
    b_fitzsimons via Twitter Best view in town. Wonderful parade, congrats to all. http://instagr.am/p/IRsVPJiSs5/
  • 13:15
    donnchanuig via Twitter First-ever parade in Moycullen http://t.co/gZIe9nNy
  • 13:16
    RositaBoland via Twitter The last of the parade. A sleeping baba on the back of a bike. #TwitPict
     
  • 13:16
    RositaBoland via Twitter Off into the crowd again to do post-parade interviews
  • 13:17
    Love this story! The world's Irish dancing champ (for three years running) is a 17-year-old American boy with a black Baptist father and white Jewish mother. 

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/17/us/an-irish-tradition-with-an-only-in-america-star.html?_r=1&hp
  • 13:20
    RositaBoland via Twitter Occupy Dame Street. the people take over again #TwitPict
     
  • 13:24
    As we wind down, New York, for one, is gearing up, for its enormous St Patrick's Day parade:

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/03/17/nyc-going-green-for-annual-saint-patricks-day-parade/
  • 13:25
    Sydney, too, is nine hours away from its own festival: 

    http://www.stpatricksday.org.au/
  • 13:25
    b_fitzsimons via Twitter #St.Patricks Day parade #Dublin. http://instagr.am/p/IRtaJXCSs_/
  • 13:25
    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: The Sydney Opera House is illuminated green on March 17, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. The Sydney Opera House joins Sky Tower in Auckland, and Table Mountain in South Africa in going green to celebrate St. Patrick's Da
    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: The Sydney Opera House is illuminated green on March 17, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. The Sydney Opera House joins Sky Tower in Auckland, and Table Mountain in South Africa in going green to celebrate St. Patrick's Da
  • 13:25
    (And in case you missed it, the Opera House in Sydney went green earlier on ...)
  • 13:26
    And on the way, a picture of the Middleton effect ...
  • 13:29
    A member of The Irish Guards collapses before the arrival of the  Duchess of Cambridge for their St Patrick's Day Parade at the Mons  Barracks in Aldershot. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday  March 17, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Barr
    A member of The Irish Guards collapses before the arrival of the Duchess of Cambridge for their St Patrick's Day Parade at the Mons Barracks in Aldershot. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 17, 2012. See PA story ROYAL Barr
  • 13:30
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Shattered. V sore thumb. Thanks for tuning in folks and huge thanks to @StPatricksFest for the opportunity. All uploaded to @pixie later
  • 13:34
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Nice hat @patomahony1 http://t.co/s545Busw
  • 13:35
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Enjoying the day #spf12 http://t.co/kOrNokji
  • 13:36
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Nice hat @patomahony1 http://t.co/HR2FE8vc
  • 13:37
    From the archives: A subdued St Patrick's Day in 1947 

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2011/0318/1224292504845.html
  • 13:39
    darraghdoyle via Twitter RT @patsion: @darraghdoyle You might just like this St Patrick's Flashmob in Toronto http://trunc.it/k7jry #stpatricksday
  • 13:39
    "But the parade will likely have very little to do with St Patrick himself."

    Is the St Patrick's Day parade in New York diluting Irish culture?

    http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/315637/20120317/st-patricks-day-parade-ireland-irish-new.htm
  • 13:42
    "Ireland, Ireland - always going on about Ireland!" Flight of the Doves keeping the patriotism going on RTÉ One now.
  • 13:45
    RositaBoland via Twitter All that's left #TwitPict
     
  • 13:45
    Ciara and Lynda Cronin Enjoyed watching the parade from Ottawa.
  • 13:47
    Savannah, Georgia, now claims to have the world's largest St Patrick's Day parade, whatever those New Yorkers might think - who will lay down the final judgment?

    http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Savannah-claims-largest-St-Patricks-Day-Parade-in-world-over-New-York-143038116.html
  • 13:51
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Reminder that @dublinmuseum is free admission today. 2 minutes walk from Grafton St and well worth it.
     
  • 13:51
    The St Patrick's Day Parade moves off from Belfast City Hall. PRESS  ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 17, 2012. The parade  route takes revelers from City Hall to Custom House Square where there  will be a free concert. Photo cred
    The St Patrick's Day Parade moves off from Belfast City Hall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 17, 2012. The parade route takes revelers from City Hall to Custom House Square where there will be a free concert. Photo cred
  • 13:57
    More than 500,000 people showed up for the St Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, apparently!

    http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/03/st-patrick-s-day-parade-in-dublin-draws-over-500-000-people--73879.html
  • 13:59
    President Michael D Higgins the huge crowds gathered for the St  Patrick's Day Parade on O'Connell Street, Dublin.       PRESS  ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 17, 2012. Photo credit  should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
    President Michael D Higgins the huge crowds gathered for the St Patrick's Day Parade on O'Connell Street, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 17, 2012. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
  • 13:59
    Michael D looks so happy! I'd like to see how happy he is in six years when he's seen more St Patrick's Day parades than he'd like to!
  • 14:00
    Huge crowds gather for the St Patrick's Day Parade on O'Connell  Street, Dublin.       PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday  March 17, 2012. Niall Carson/PA Wire
    Huge crowds gather for the St Patrick's Day Parade on O'Connell Street, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 17, 2012. Niall Carson/PA Wire
  • 14:01
    b_fitzsimons via Twitter Full of wind...#St.Patricks Day, #Dublin. http://instagr.am/p/IRxwC1iSuL/
  • 14:03
    "Only a Cromwell could kidnap an innocent Irish child!" Flight of the Doves has some amazing one-liners.
  • 14:04
    darraghdoyle via Twitter In for Leviathan's discussion on Irish culture #spf12 (@ Royal Hibernian Academy) http://4sq.com/y3Wj2O
  • 14:05
    24 degrees Celcius in Pittsburgh for their St Patrick's Day celebrations. Jealous, moi? 

    http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/weather/record-temperatures-expected-for-st-patricks-day-466279/
  • 14:08

    That's my St Patrick's Day done for the day - Flight of the Doves requires my full concentration, and in any case, the rugby live blog will be starting soon!

    Thanks for tuning in and lá fhéile Padraig daoibh go léir 

  • 14:10
    darraghdoyle via Twitter Going to tweet just a few of my fave shots of today for #paddytimes. Should have thought of it earlier!