St Patrick’s Day, celebrating Ireland’s patron saint, brought out thousands across the island as temperatures plummeted once again. It may fall on the start of Spring but the weather rarely plays along on St Patrick’s Day. It’s Murphy’s Law it seems and this year is no different, with temperatures again hovering just above freezing and another cold front pushing in from Scandinavia just two weeks after a snow storm wreaked havoc across Ireland and the UK.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar made the customary journey to the White House to present US President Donald Trump with the traditional shamrock bowl. High on the agenda of talking points were undocumented Irish immigrants living in America. Varadkar also extended an invitation for Trump to visit Ireland, though no date had yet been set.
On Saturday, Varadkar and his partner Dr Matt Barrett joined in the parade in New York city, walking side by side with the crowds. He is the first openly gay prime minister to have done so.
In London, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, was decked out in green as she and Prince William, attended the parade by the Irish Guards.