Wednesday, August 23rd 2017

If this is Saturday, it must be St. Patrick’s Day

The sacred day of the Irish Saint Patrick is actually on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 but Americans of Irish and non-Celtic origin are already going holy-roller

BY BRIAN CAULFIELD — In the United States many of us will get quite drunk as St. Patrick’s day rolls around once more. But on the last Sunday in July, 15,000 or more pilgrims in Mayo have a very different kind of St. Patrick experience as they climb Croagh Patrick — in their bare feet for 5 miles and a vertical of 1.5 miles.

It may present a Matrix red-pill, blue-pill Sophie’s Choice: Either makes you do a deep-dive of self-reflection and inner discovery  . . . or really just makes you want to have another beer.

(Mayo is short for Mayo County, and also the character Richard Gere played in an Officer and a Gentleman)

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