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It’s the day to find a smidgen of Irish blood in your family tree, profess your love for a chilled glass of Guinness and talk the blarney with all who gather for one of the city’s most pleasant celebrations of Saint Patrick’s Day, appropriately at home with the Ambassador of Ireland, Noel White, his wife Nessa Delaney and their children.
White is a perfect host with a clever wit and disarming ability to speak to all in that lilting accent of the leprechauns (Martha Stewart has created a leprechaun trap in time for SPD, says the Irish Times) ordinary folk and nobility alike. This year’s event was an eclectic mix of Canberrans enjoying this rugby loving ambassador’s hospitality with Irish dancing and Irish music accompaniment.
The previous week he’d farewelled the Royals Rugby team off on a three game adventure to Ireland and implored them to visit his brother the local chemist in Carlow after their game there for all those fixin’s footy players need. That will be a sight for the locals.
He spoke of tourism; it’s up 20%, sport of course, heritage and culture. Also of the many new settlers we’ve welcomed – guests Susan and Gary McGiuern among them – and the influence of that Irish gene pool as we celebrate Saint Patrick’s day joining the Global Greening by going green at Old Parliament House.