Wed 17 Mar 2010
Our day began outside of the Civic Offices in Dungarvan where we raised the Ireland, US, Pennsylvania, and Dungarvan flags. It was really an honor for us to have our flag raised on Ireland's most important national holiday. We then made out way to St. Mary's Cathedral where we attended the St. Patrick's day mass. It was mostly in Irish, which was really neat.
A little bit later we gathered outside of the hotel, all decked out in our green garb. Dr. Hosey handed out bobbly shamrock headbands, and bags of key chains to hand out to the kids. Several people were given flags to carry. It was a lot of fun walking through the town and handing out the key chains. When we go to the bandstand at the end of the route we were invited up to watch the rest of the parade. There were some really funny floats and groups that were marching.
When the parade was over we were served a traditional Irish meal: Corned beef and cabbage.
We went out afterward to the pubs in town. IT was nowhere near as crazy as a St. Patrick's Day would be in the States. There was no green beer or weird things like that. We had to be back to the Hotel bar by 11 so that Dr. Hosey could make sure we were all safe, and so we could say goodbye to her since she was leaving the next day to go home.