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An Irish Update for St. Patty’s!

I thought this was absolutely great this morning when I read National Geographic’s St. Patrick’s Day 2011: Facts, Myths, and Tradition.

Who Was the Man Behind St. Patrick’s Day?

At 16, Patrick’s world turned: He was kidnapped and sent overseas to tend sheep as a slave in the chilly, mountainous countryside of Ireland for seven years. (See Ireland pictures.)

“It was just horrible for him,” Freeman said. “But he got a religious conversion while he was there and became a very deeply believing Christian.”

Wonderful… we’re celebrating the Irish factor based around a man who despised Ireland because he was forcefully brought there!

In reality, it’s a celebration created by the Irish community within America.

Here’s  a link on more facts: Huffington Post

So in celebration, how about a quick update on what’s the heck’s been up in Ireland lately:

We all remember the economic problems/bailout by EU of Ireland, but we really haven’t heard much news-wise on what’s happened on the ground lately:

Well, for starters, the government was ousted last month. Edna Kenny and his Fine Gael party gained power in a coalition with Labour.  Earlier this month he unveiled his new cabinet. It seems like a team highly focused on the country’s fiscal problems.

Two big things are now happening: First, there is a big issue in terms of negotiating the interest rates charged on the bailout.  Greece recently got their rates changed, and Ireland looks for some of the same to make it viable in the long term.  Secondly, the bailout pumped $10 billion into the banks, with $25 billion set aside for contingency.  Finance Minister Michael Noonan is now looking to tap into that extra $25 billion, and there is a conflict over renegotiating bailout terms – only 4 months into the process… Things look dismal right now.

So – in St. Patty’s tradition- why not just drink these global problems away?

check out this St. Patty’s Beer perspective with a twist from Triple Pundit: Green Beer for St. Patty’s… But Green as in sustainable

Here’s the Link to Toronto’s own Steam Whitle and their brewing Practices:

The Green Brewhaha: Sustainability at Steam Whistle Brewing

Their Official Website:

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