It is St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow or in Irish, ‘Lá Fhéile Pádraig’ (translation: Feast day of Patrick). It is more fondly known by the Irish as Paddy’s day. Ireland has been called the emerald isle and there were fifty shades of green here long before fifty shades of grey was ever imagined. Sadly Ireland’s national holiday is more widely known for drinking. Personally, I rarely drink on Paddy’s Day because many Irish attempt to embody our national stereotype and tourists who aren’t used to heavy drinking try to keep up. This country has so much more to offer than its drink culture. I completely recommend visiting Ireland this week or at any time. Take a tour or rent a car and go see the beautiful castles, the stunning Cliffs of Moher, the Arran Islands, the Rock of Cashel, the Medieval monasteries and their high crosses, the Book of Kells, the breathtaking lakes and mountains. Find, in the middle of nowhere, the most serene silence surrounded by pristine nature in every shade of vibrant green imaginable.
I write this blog called Emerald footprint because I adore my country, the Emerald Isle. And I think that Ireland, with green as its national colour, should protect its fabulous environmental inheritance, reduce its carbon footprint, and embrace green in all its forms.
Due to technical difficulties I can’t access my own photos of Ireland today (remind me to share those with you another time) but in the spirit of green the slide show below has some beauties from all across the world. I hope they remind you that green beauty is everywhere and you should protect it in every way possible. Above are some lovely promo videos of Ireland. The first one is narrated by Liam Neeson! Happy Patrick’s Day everyone.