St. Patricks Day 2012

It’s that time of year again, when anyone who’s Irish, or whose great-grandma’s sister’s cousin’s dog is Irish, uses March 17th as an excuse for a massive party.

Each year the Irish Association of Korea organises a festival in honour of the patron saint of Ireland, and this year it was held at Sindorim’s D-Cube City Plaza, just outside the subway station. The party started at 12.30, but most people had been on the Guinness for a while by then! The weather was beautiful, it’s finally starting to feel like Spring here, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many waygookin in one place!

There was live music all day including a Korean U2 tribute band (?), traditional Irish music, Irish dancing, face painting, a sad Korean clown (?), and a whole lot of Guinness! So much beer that by the time we arrived at 2pm all of the mini-marts in the surrounding area had sold out of beer and we had to trek to Homeplus just to find any.

The festival finished at around 6pm and we headed en masse to Itaewon to continue the party. At 3am, after 13 hours of festivities and far too much maekju, we decided to call it a night and head back to Incheon. All in all a great day, made all the better by a 30-9 victory over Ireland in the rugby!

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