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The first St Patrick’s Day parade in Ireland

The first St Patrick's Day parade in Ireland

The first St Patrick’s Day parade in Ireland


Originally shared by Ed Pearce

The first St Patrick’s Day parade in Ireland was held in Waterford on Sunday March 15, 1903.

St Patrick’s Day became a public holiday in Ireland in 1903 thanks to an Irish MP James O’Mara. He was also responsible for a law which required pubic houses to close on March 17th to prevent public drunkenness. That law was not repealed until the 1970s.

The first St Patrick’s Day parade in Ireland was held in Waterford also in 1903. The week of St Patrick’s Day 1903 had been declared Irish Language Week by the Gaelic League and in Waterford they opted to have a procession on Sunday March 15.

Although Saint Patrick’s Day is traditionally held on March 17, but back in 2008 it was held a couple of days early after a decision by bishops as it coincided with Holy Week. Holy Week and St Patrick’s Day will not clash again until 2160.

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