17 Reasons Why Everyone Needs To Spend Paddy's Day In Ireland At Least Once
The greatest little country in the world
We may get frustrated with it at times but there's no denying that it's the true love of our lives.
And we're only too delighted that there's an entire day dedicated to celebrating all the things that are great about our little country.
Thousands of tourists are set to take over Dublin over the coming days, with many fulfilling a lifelong dream of visiting Ireland.
If you're one of them, welcome!
No matter who you are or where you are in the world, there's no better place to celebrate St Patrick's Day than in Éire.
Here are just some of the reasons why...
We have the best Guinness
It may be famous all over the world but Ireland is the true home of Guinness and whether you're sipping it in the Storehouse or in a local pub, it's scientifically proven that it tastes 178% better here.
The Dublin St Patrick's Day Parade is a sight to behold
Other countries may try but it's hard to match the incredible spectacle that is St Patrick's Day in Dublin. From the floats and the marching bands and the hilariously-dressed spectators, it's an absolute joy.
The craic is mighty
Ok, so things can get a little crazy in Temple Bar, but there's no denying that Ireland on St Patrick's Day is absolutely buzzing. Everyone is in good form, making new friends and having the absolute banter. Where else would you get it?
We have the best musicians in the world
Even if you're not a hardcore trad fan, you can't help but swell with pride at hearing Irish music on Paddy's Day. There are pop-up ceilís and seisiúns all over the gaff and you can't turn around without bumping into a tin whistle. Iontach!
You won't find our local parades anywhere else in the world
Three middle-aged men dancing in a horse-box would make a strong contender for 'Float Of The Year' in many towns across the country. And we wouldn't have it any other way.
You'll learn the difference between Paddy's and Patty's Day
The most important lesson of all.
We bring our A-game when it comes to throwing shade
Let us present this fine example - but it's all comes from a good place, honest.
You can see the country's most famous landmarks turn green
There's no place for you here if the sight of the GPO bathed in green doesn't bring a tear to your eye.
You can dress head-to-toe in green
Without a single Kermit The Frog joke.
You can hear the Irish accent - as it should sound
No, Gerard Butler in PS I Love You is not an accurate barometer.
You can even try a cupla focail
"An bhfuil cead agum dul go dti an leithreas?" is always a good one to start with.
Our President is cooler than yours
Don't even try arguing on this one.
We have the most stunning natural landscapes
Cliffs, bays, mountains, causeways. You name it, we do it better than anyone else