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‘Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!’ That’s what you might hear if you find yourself in Ireland on March 17. And if you do, be sure to join in the celebration, because it means ‘Happy St. Patrick’s Day!’ The holiday originated as a religious feast in the 17th century, but today it’s better known for parades, festivals, and green attire. And, for some, green beer. Here in County Galway, St. Patrick’s Day is an official public holiday. That means residents have time to enjoy the local surroundings, like the medieval ruins of Ross Errilly Friary, shown here.