Valley goes green
By EMMA CORNFORD
THERE are doubtlessly a few sore heads this morning, courtesy of the St Patrick's Day celebrations which took place throughout the Clarence Valley yesterday.
I even baked a green cake to share with the other Daily Examiner workers; unfortunately it was the worst cake I have ever made and tended to suck cheer from the air rather than create smiling employees.
But at least I tried to get into the spirit along with hundreds of others in the Valley.
A number of pubs served special Irish fare as part of their lunch specials, ranging from Irish stew to Irish sausages and mashed potato, while Guinness was the drink of choice.
Thailand switched to Ireland at the Royal Tavern, where there were Irish dancers and an Irish pipe band, as well as green fried rice for those brave enough to ignore the colour and go for the taste.
At Roches Hotel there were green shirts, Irish music and boxes of four-leaf clovers as well as the sporting paddy duo.
Down river, the Yamba Bowling marked St Pat's day with barefoot bowls and plenty of Guinness.
But why the celebrations?
Well, St Patrick was the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland.
Although most people see him as the man who drove the snakes from Ireland's fair shores, like the lives of many saints it is more myth than truth.
It is thought that driving away snakes is merely symbolic of him converting pagans to Christianity, thereby stopping them worshipping symbols such as serpents.