5 ways to celebrate St Patrick's Day — if you don't drink

shamrock

You might have missed the festivities of the St Patrick’s Day Parade last weekend, but there’s no reason you can’t still get your shamrock on.

St Patrick’s Day is upon us, the one day of the year when we celebrate the man who drove the snakes out of Ireland. Except there were never any snakes in Ireland, that story is an analogy for how Paddy got rid of all the pagans. Not that such matters are important to the hordes of people who’ll be hitting the pub on Friday! Because who doesn’t love overpriced pints of Guinness, standing room only in pubs, and endless queues for the loo?

There, I said it. St Patrick’s Day takes the fun out of drinking. Which is why it’s the one day of the year that many committed party animals opt to take the night off, and leave the amateurs to have their fun. Instead, here are five easy ways to get into the spirit of the day.

Read Dubliners by James Joyce

James Joyce is best known for his magnum opus Ulysses, but let’s be honest, that’s more of a doorstop than a novel. Instead, why not try dipping into this volume of short stories by the beloved Irish author?

Dubliners by James Joyce

Green mocktails

Who needs Guinness when you’ve got a Peppermint Patty Party Monster? Chocolatey, minty fresh, and hangover-free. Check out the recipe over at Oh She Glows. Sláinte!

Boxty

Part pancake, part hash brown, boxty is pure comfort food and quintessentially Irish. Check out boxty recipes here.

Credit Imen McDonnell

The Commitments

The film version of The Commitments has been hailed as one of the greatest pieces of Irish cinema ever made. The stage musical, adapted from the original novel by author Roddy Doyle himself, is at the New Alexandra Theatre until Saturday 18th March. Read our review here.

A good old fashioned game of rounders

That’s right, everyone’s favourite PE fixture was invented by the Irish. The weather is finally brightening up, which means you can hit the park with a bat and ball. Quit whining that it’s still cold; you’ll soon warm up once you start running!