It’s that time of year again where we celebrate our little island, and raise a glass to St. Patrick. All around the world, festivities will kick off as descendants from the Emerald Isle (or just those who want to join in on the fun) honour the history and rich culture of Ireland. And for those heading to our shores to celebrate, the party is an even bigger affair.
A sure sign that Christmas time is coming to Ireland is when the Roses are in bloom – not the flowers, but the chocolates. We usually start to see signs of these in supermarkets in about mid-October, tucked not so discreetly in behind the Halloween displays in anticipation of the big reveal. It would be a grave mistake to purchase them at this time though, as they will surely be devoured within days. Still, we can always buy more.
A glance at the calendar might tell you that summer has arrived – but really, you don’t need a calendar to know that much. Peeking outside the window, listening out for tell-tale noises, or even sniffing the air is enough to confirm it; the sights, sounds and smells all point towards the changing of the seasons.