Celebrated for hundreds of years in Ireland, the Emerald Isle, St. Paddy’s is a springtime favourite whether you have Irish roots, or Irish tastes. We suggest beginning or ending this year’s edition with a traditional Irish coffee, properly doused with a jigger of Jameson whiskey, and balanced out by a touch of sugar.

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And while it is easy to halve the potato where there is love, we propose making a delicious plate of Colcannon Mashed potatoes, cabbage, kale and onions or leeks - you’ll have more love to go around. Serve with a plate of traditional slow cooked corned beef and a loaf of soda bread, a family heirloom recipe passed down to generations, and you should be set for a fresh pint of Guinness.

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The term “Luck of the Irish” was coined during the gold rush of the mid-19th century as a reflection of the good fortune that befell a number of miners of Irish descent, who were not believed to be of any particular merit, hence the attribution of prosperity to chance.

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