If you’re lucky enough not to have a headache today – congratulations.
People around the world donned their favorite green outfits last night to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Niall Horan celebrated with Joe Biden while Prince William enjoyed a Guinness with the Irish Guards.
For the majority, last night was a simple trip to the pub.
St. Patrick’s Day celebrates Ireland’s patron saint, said to have brought Christianity to the island.
With fasting restrictions also lifted on March 17, feasting and drinking have long been a tradition of the holiday enjoyed around the world.
Last night, people wore leprechaun-style outfits, danced in Irish rugby shirts and donned Guinness hats to celebrate the occasion.
Many “jockeys” have been spotted pouring back pints.
Before the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, things weren’t going smoothly everywhere.
A student club night scrapped plans to host a midget actor dressed as a leprechaun after backlash.
Promoter DNA Events sent out an invitation on WhatsApp urging people to attend the party at Cargo in Printworks in Manchester tonight.
It read: “This Friday we’re hosting Manchester’s biggest Paddy’s Day event at Cargo. There is huge club dressing, lots of Irish hats and handouts and we have our own gnome who will be roaming the venue taking photos all night.’
The flyer showed a cartoon of a leprechaun above a model wearing an “Irish hat”.
An Irish student who is studying at the University of Salford but asked not to be named said: “Obviously that is very insulting.
“I have suffered a high level of racism which doesn’t seem to have the same meaning as other types of racism in the UK. And this stereotypical leprechaun business is just ridiculous.’
Both Printworks and the promoter then confirmed that this element of tonight’s party was removed.
Actor Gregory Doherty, who has appeared in the Harry Potter films and Sherlock Holmes series, was booked to play the leprechaun and said he wasn’t offended by it.
He said: “I don’t see it as a mythical creature offensive / or a racial slur against the people of Ireland. I’m not sure if you’ve ever traveled to Ireland on St Patrick’s Day, but a leprechaun’s iconography is as iconic as a shillelagh or a shamrock.”
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