Ireland has put aside its economic travails to celebrate the day of its national Saint, St Patrick.
The streets of Dublin were a sea of green as young and old turned out to mark the occasion.
It has been a five day affair, with 8,000 visitors from around the world joining in a people’s parade.
This year the celebrations are also global. Seventy monuments worldwide – including the Pyramids and Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue – have been lit up green.
Prime Minister Enda Kenny has taken 19 of his ministers on a goodwill trip to sell the Irish brand abroad.
Grateful that more than 13 million pints of Guinness will be quaffed across the world in just one day, Guinness is offering a free visit to its Dublin factory to everyone called Patrick.