Irish J-1 participant celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in the US
March has been an exciting and busy month between getting a new job and planning our St Patrick’s Day celebrations! My new position is at Great Horse, which is situated in the town of Hampden, Massachusetts. My roommate, a fellow Irish compatriot named Vicki, and I moved to Massachusetts at the beginning of May to begin our second season of our university internship.
We recently booked our first-class flights so that we could travel in style for our new adventure! I am extremely excited to begin the next chapter of internships with Great Horse. It will be a great opportunity to see another part of the United States as well as meet new people! I will miss everyone I met in West Palm, but I will hopefully be back in the near future. For now, all good things must come to an end.
More importantly, we citizens of Ireland have just celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. In preparation for the big day, we shopped for our St. Patrick’s Day themed outfits so that we were dressed up head to toe in green.
We carried Irish flags, shamrocks, and our “Irish Princess” crowns.
We started our day off at a local Irish pub called Paddy Mac’s where we were entertained with traditional Irish music and later pop music. We had a traditional Irish lunch of cottage pie and a pint of Guinness. We spent most of our day there before heading to the Clematis Block Party.
Clematis closed off one of their streets for the main stage and entertainment. Hundreds of families and friends were out to celebrate the Irish holiday; we even met some Irish people from Dublin and Belfast. We all had a great evening by dancing up and down Clematis Street.
Check out the Internship/J-1 Trainee program for more options for cultural exchange!