There is no excuse for sheer hooliganism in Holylands

Those who try to minimise this anti-social activity under the banner of some playful St Patrick’s Day frivolity underestimate the fear and intimidation that is felt by other residents in the area, pensioners or those living there with young families. Picture by Justin Kernoghan, Photopress 
ST Patrick’s Day has always been a day for high jinx amongst students and young people. In more recent times drink has become a huge feature of the national saint’s celebration. These days, people don’t so much go out to wet the shamrock as to drown it. As children, St Patrick’s Day involved going to Mass, some limp shamrock and a fairly lack-lustre parade with accordion bands followed by legions of scouts and cubs. As students in the mid 1980s our St Patrick’s Day challenge was trying to navigate all the pubs from the Washington in Belfast city c[...]

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