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Leading to St. Paddy’s

A week ago I was running around like a crazy man making sure everything was in place for the upcoming St. Patrick's day extravaganza. My to do list was 2 pages long, and had things like "confirm bus arrangements," "rent megaphone," "hang flag out front of the hostel," "get picnic supplies for 40 people" and more. I flew straight from Paris to Dublin immediately after my tour the Sunday before because I knew I'd have enough on my plate. I had 40 people--WSA's biggest ever tour--coming to Dublin on Wednesday for the festival and celebration.

Some will say that St. Patrick's celebrations are better elsewhere in places like Chicago, New York and Boston for example. I'd guess that this is because you could say everyday in Ireland is Irish day. But in cities with large Irish populations, it's their day to show their pride so those festivals are going to be larger. This year's parade centered around a book that I've never heard of, but each fantastical float was supposedto symbolize one chapter from the novel. While I thought many of them had dark undertones, the floats passing through were pulled off quite well.

But back to the preparation... It was almost overwhelming finding a place to bring over 40 people for even a lunch spot. And a megaphone couldn't have been a better call. Everything seemed to fall in place the day before the tour kicked off and before I knew it, I was giving the welcoming speech to my beloved tour members from the balcony of the hostel. After my inspirational talk, the tone for the weekend wasn't one people would soon forget.

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Dan McGlinn, University of Notre Dame

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Great mix between learning and leisure. Our tour guide, Lauren, was extremely knowledgable and also very well connected. The weekend was a blast!

Dan McGlinn, University of Notre Dame ~ Notre Dame Global Gateway, Rome, Summer Break 2016

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