Arts & Culture

Commodification or celebration? The question of Irish culture

Katie McGinley considers the recent St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and whether Ireland’s cultural heritage is at risk of being lost in a sea of obnoxious tourists

On March 17, 1,563 years ago, Saint Patrick passed away. On 17 March 2024, people all around the world descended upon Ireland for a weekend of excessive drinking, causing traffic delays and more drinking. This is obviously what the saint