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Delicious, cute, green and boozy: what more can we ask from this adorable shamrock shake?

Before things get serious with the gin and tonic and the pints, this sweet cocktail sounds like the best way to warm up for Saint Patrick's Day!

Boozy shamrock shake


  • 500ml vanilla ice cream
  • 200ml milk
  • 60ml Baileys
  • Green food colouring
  • 100g ice
  • For the topping
  • Whipping cream
  • Shamrock sprinkles


Place all the ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.

Place in a milkshake glass and top with whipped cream and shamrock sprinkles.


If you can't drink Guinness, why not dive into it in cake-form?

This cake is made of Guinness and will be perfect as a Paddy's Day treat. 

Guinness pint cake


  • 250ml Guinness
  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 75g cocoa powder
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 150g sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 275g plain flour
  • 2½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 150g cream cheese
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 100ml double cream, lightly whipped
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat an oven to 180°C.

Melt the butter and the Guinness in a pan over low heat. Add the sugar, vanilla extract and cocoa powder and mix well until smooth.

Whisk the eggs and sour cream together, add the Guinness mixture, then finally add the flour and baking powder and mix well. 

Divide between Guinness glasses so they are about ¾ full. Place on a tray and bake for 40 to 45 minutes until risen and cooked through. Allow to cool completely.

Place all the icing ingredients into a bowl and beat until smooth and fluffy. Level off the top of the cakes and spoon the frosting onto the top of each cake so they look like a proper pint. Enjoy!



There is no better place to be on Saint Patrick's Day than Ireland, and clearly one celeb know this to be true. 

Drop-dead gorgeous model Emily Ratajkowski is currently meandering around Bantry in County Cork. 

The 26-year-old model spent her summers growing up in Cork, despite being born in London to American parents. 

The brunette stunner has been sharing snaps on Instagram of beautiful Bantry, and she's clearly delighted to be there.

Captioning the snap"Home" with a shamrock emoji, Emily is clearly proud of her association with the Emerald Isle. 

And sure, why wouldn't she be? 

Back in Spetember 2015, the model visited Bantry and called it her "home away from home."


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So if anyone spots a 5"6 brunette beauty wandering around Bantry, it could very well be Emily!

Selfie cameras at the ready.  



The entire country is out celebrating our national saint's day, and Ryanair is marking the occasion with a special sale. 

Booking flights away is never a bad idea, especially when they're going for as low as €9.99

Flights to Valencia, Brussels, London, Edinburgh and Barcelona are all included in the sale, which covers dates from March through to April. 

Other locations include Newcastle, Malaga, Paris, Amsterdam and Milan.

You'll need to move quickly though, because the sale is for this weekend only.

Flights start at €9.99, with the majority of the uber-cheap seats being in the thirty to forty quid range. Bargain.  

The most expensive flight in the sale is a € 91.99 to Marrakech, Morocco, which is an amazing deal. 

We're booking a weekend break as we speak… 



It's officially Saint Patrick's Day, but that doesn't mean we're not still on the look out for some amazing vintage buys. 

Nine Crows is one of Ireland's most well-known vintage stores, with locations in Dublin and Galway. 

To celebrate all things Irish, the vintage veterans are giving customers 20 per cent off in their online store if you use the code STPTRCK. 


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We may have to take this opportunity to stock up on some amazing bits ahead of festival season.

From bomber jackets and dungarees to luxe sports wear and accessories, the store has it all. 


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We're especially big fans of their iconic deep-V shirts.

We'll take one in every colour (especially green). 

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Ireland is a wonderful, magical island full of leprechauns and banshees (at least, that's what we tell the tourists) but there are a few other totally unique Irish things that should be celebrated on our national holiday.

From spice bags to saying bye a million times at the end of a phone call, we love these aspects of the Emerald Isle. 

10. Pub culture

Obviously us Irish folk have a bit of a reputation for being total sauce merchants, but the Irish pub scene is one of the best in the world.

From a quick pint and chat in the local to a big night out, we know how to enjoy ourselves. 

9. Our delightful penchant for pessimism 

"Ah sure, I might be on my death bed but sure, it's grand."

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8. Being a nation of tea drinkers

A nice cup'o tea fixes everything, from a broken heart to an exhausted brain from a long day at work.

Rain or shine, good vibes or bad, tea is a constant Irish comfort. Just don't get us started on the Barry's VS Lyon's debate… 

7. The tin whistle

We were all forced to ply this heinous musical instrument in primary school, and now we can still bash out Mary Had A Little Lamb if the mood takes us. 

That's about as far as our musical talent extends, unforch. 

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6. Tayto sandwiches

The crème de la crème of crispy goodness, a Tayto sandwich is a taste of home that deserves a national holiday of its own. 

Too good. 

5. President Michael D Higgins

Seriously, how blessed are we that this wonderful little man is our president? 

He never wears fake tan, never threatens to build walls, nothing. And we love him for it. 

4Being incapable of taking a compliment

"I SAID Penneys finest, now stop being nice to me, I look a state!"

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3. GAA lads

You will find this unique specimen hanging around the clubhouse, in Coppers or in the gym.

They wear their jerseys to mass and have probably brought some form of glory to your home town at one stage or another. All hail. 

2. Hot chicken rolls

Deli culture is big in Ireland, and while we might be partial to the odd jambon or two, hot chicken rolls are where our true loyalties lie. 

Whether you opt for goujons or fillet, red sauce or mayo, the chicken roll can cure a myriad of ails, from a hangover to true, aching hunger. 

1. An epic slagging

Only in Ireland can taking the piss out of someone mercilessly be a sign of true love and respect. 

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We were hoping that Saint Patrick would bless Ireland with some glorious weather for our national holiday, but unfortunately today's forecast is looking as typically Irish as you could get.

Today will be cool and windy, with a status yellow weather warning and status yellow marine gale force wind warning in place. 

"Cool, blustery and mainly cloudy today, St. Patrick's Day," according to Met Éireann.

"Fresh to strong and gusty southwest winds will be blustery on Atlantic coasts."

"Dry in some eastern and southern areas to start, but persistent and sometimes heavy rain will affect Connacht, Ulster and parts of west Munster today, with some hill and coastal fog."

"But the rain should be lighter and more scattered elsewhere, with further occasional dry periods. Top temperatures 9 to 11 C."

Hopefully the rain will ease off during the parades happening up and down the country today. 



If you're not interested in getting locked this Friday, you may feel like you have no options when it comes to fun things to do on Paddy's Day.

However, we've thought of quite a few options for the teetotallers who walk among us. 

10. An online shopping spree


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Black Friday and New Years are usually when the sales commence, but one online store is doing n offer for Saint Patrick's Day.

ASOS is offering customers 20 per cent off for the day that's in it, with the code PATS20.

9. The Secret Session, 1618 March, the RDS 

A true celebration of everything Irish, this indoor festivity is set to be a good one.

Live Bands, DJ’s, rugby on the big screens, and Irish dancing lessons are all to be expected, as well as oversized Jenga, Connect-Four, and ring toss. 

8. Netflix binge


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Netflix is getting all patriotic, and hopes to everything that is Irish by promoting  great Irish films and flicks with Irish actors in them. 

Brooklyn, The Young Offenders, Bloody Sunday and Sing Street are all available on Netflix, along with many more. 

7. Dublin Bay Prawn Festival, 1719 March, Howth Village

The Dublin Bay Prawn Festival is the ultimate foodie experience offering delicious food and live cooking demos, street entertainment and demonstrations by local fishermen all in the heart of the idyllic village of Howth.

It's not just the food that's set to draw crowds, the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival is also famous for music & entertainment, walks, talks and seaside antics. 

6. Outdoor Adventuring 


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While most people will flock in to town for some frenzied festivities, a nice walk along the beach or a picnic in the park can be just as merry. 

Grab the kids, the other half or the dog and set out on a bright and blustery Paddy's Day adventure. 

Alternatively if you're a fan of organised fun, book in to an adventure centre for some canoeing or rock climbing. 

5. The Spirit of Dublin Craft and Food Fair, March 18, Teeling Whiskey Distillery


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While this festival may be at a whiskey distillery, we're going to this one for the amazing food alone. 

Exhibitors will include Dublin Doughnut Company, Dot Brew, Popsy Daisy Popcorn, The Cupcake Bloke, Currabinny, Bean and Goose, Hope Brewery, Improper Butter and Delish Melish, so wear your (green) eating pants. 

4. Settle in with the Late Late Show St.Patrick's Day Edition


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On a weird and wonderful edition of the Late Late Show, Saint Patrick's Day's show will see a host of celebs get their DNA tested. 

Broadcaster Maura Derrane, soccer pundit Eamon Dunphy, comedian Jason Byrne and politician Michael Healy-Rae gamely agreed to have their DNA tested to determine their ancestry.

Football legend Paul McGrath will also join Ryan Tubridy in studio to assess the Republic of Ireland’s chances in the crucial upcoming World Cup Qualifier against Wales. 

3. Bake some patriotic AF goods

From shamrock cookies to anything drenched in green food dye, if you don't want to leave the house this Friday, then baking is a fun and functional way to spend the day. 

Plus, you will be considered a complete legend by you drunk housemates when they stumble home to find a series of delectable baked goods awaiting them. 

2. Bernard Shaw Graffiti Jam, March 19, The Bernard Shaw


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Looking for something a bit edgier?

Check out Dublin’s underground sights and sounds at the Bernard Shaw, with the return of the Eatyard Food Market.

There will be a range of festivities to celebrate Irish street culture, along with the Shaw's usual flea market. 

1. St Patricks Day Parade


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While there may be many annoying drunk people around, attending your local Saint Patrick's Day parade is a right of passage for anyone in the country on the day.

So get there early, drag your mates along, and applaud and watch the floats as they go by. 


Saint Patrick's Day is just around the corner, and many Irish folk are gearing up to enjoy a tipple or two on the day. 

Our mighty Irish beverage, Guinness, has decided to ring in the occasion with a doughnut dedicated to the day. 

In the pursuit of the perfect pint pairing, Guinness teamed up with Aungier Danger, one of Dublin's leading doughnut delis, to create a pastry to compliment a pint of the black stuff. 

The dark cocoa donut, filled with Belgian chocolate mousse and accented with a drizzle of black currant compote, was created to team effortlessly with the black beverage.

It sounds completely delicious to be honest. 

The doughnut will only be available at the Guinness Storehouse on March 17 as part of the Guinness Storehouse 2017 St. Patrick’s Festival.

Along with the doughnuts, the storehouse will be playing host to a number of entertainers, while sports fans can drop in to watch the RBS 6 Nations clash between Ireland and England on Paddy's Day. 

The storehouse is open from 9am to 7pm, so we'll see you in the queue.