Warmest greetings to Irish people around the world on St. Patrick’s Day.
On this day of celebration we honour Ireland’s great patron St. Patrick and remember with gratitude the legacy of a man who came among us as an unwelcome stranger. Today his name carries our island’s culture and identity to virtually every corner of the earth and in his name people around the world, with and without Irish ancestry, will gather as we do, to commemorate his Feast Day. Through our annual celebrations we confirm the importance of those unique links of friendship which Ireland is privileged to have, the care of which falls to each successive generation. St. Patrick’s Day challenges us to focus on the qualities and values that make us proud to be Irish. Our celebrations around the world with such a huge shared effort exemplify our love of country, culture, heritage and hospitality. May they lift hearts, create happy memories and inspire us to renew Patrick’s vision for Ireland as a generous, tolerant, inclusive and peaceful place.
I extend my very best wishes to Irish people everywhere for a most enjoyable celebration of this special day.
Go neirí go geal libh.
MARY McALEESE, PRESIDENT OF IRELAND.
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