St. Patrick’s Day

15 Mar 2019
By Lee Murphy - Irishman in Zagreb

St. Patrick’s Day in 2019 is a drastically different affair than some 25, 30 years ago. No longer seen in terms of its religious component, it is now one giant global advertising campaign. There’s the greening, when landmarks of note are bathed in green light to celebrate the day in question. This year, London Eye, the Empire State Building, Most na Adi, Ljubljana castle, will all be green, in addition to some few places around Croatia, and about a thousand other places aside from that. 
St. Patrick’s Day is of course a party. Unabashedly so. It’s a day when Irish America emerges in literal millions, butchering Irish phrases, wearing utterly hideous outfits, it’s when green beer flows, oddly, when the colour of St. Patrick is actually blue, and it’s when we, as a people, are, if only for a day, one people. For those who still observe Lent, St. Patrick’s Day is also a 24 hour period when you can traditionally forget your Lenten promises, and indulge… 
For us here, we will of course have an official state function, often getting to meet the few of us who are based outside the capital. And on the day itself we usually meet for an early breakfast, before settling in for a day of temperance and self-restraint. There might be some sarcasm in that previous sentence. But we definitely have breakfast. 
As for St. Patrick’s Day in Croatia, generally speaking, nearly every second bar and café will have something on, but we do prefer to look after our own, and Sheridan’s on Savska is the only place to be. We’ll all happily see you there, if you’ll join us. 


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