I'm late this morning, have to hurry, but based on my experience last year alone, people here take St Patrick's Day very seriously! I am thinking every American is part Irish, which did not surprise me so much as the number of Mexicans (of which there are many students here) who wear green Irish shirts today. Is a very popular holiday and with little time and not thinking of much else I can link to a previous article I wrote on the Indirect Irish Help to Belgium. Were it not for the rebellion in Ireland centuries ago Belgium might have belonged to the Dutch from the very begining. So, I may be late, but thank you Ireland! Happy holiday!