St Patrick’s Day – Covid-style: While the rest of the world celebrates, Dublin’s pubs are empty

Irish pubs were today shut for another St Patrick’s Day as the government in Dublin told people the most patriotic thing they can do is to stay at home.

The streets of the famous Temple Bar, usually packed with drinkers, were largely deserted save for a few police patrols.

Just over a year since the pubs were first closed, anti-lockdown protesters prepared to march through the capital against the draconian restrictions.

Meanwhile revellers in Australia, which has very few covid restrictions, were celebrating in full force with pints of Guinness and drams of whiskey.

And in cities across the United States, where rules in places like Florida and Georgia have been relaxed, bars were preparing for a full day of drinking after some already started their parties at the weekend.

But in the motherland, celebrations have been muted, with an ‘Orchestra of Light’ of 500 drones lighting up the River Liffey last night with shamrocks and harps – reminiscent of the spectacle laid on over the Thames by London Mayor Sadiq Khan on New Year’s Eve. 

DUBLIN: A worker cleans the road outside The Temple Bar pub, closed down due to Covid-19, in the Temple Bar tourist area of central Dublin today. On the eve of St. Patrick's Day the cellar of The Temple Bar should be stacked head-high with kegs - enough to serve 8,000 pints to Dubliners toasting Ireland's patron saint. But only a smattering of empty caskets lined the chilled basement of the crimson-coloured pub, the cornerstone of the capital's drinking district.

DUBLIN: A worker cleans the road outside The Temple Bar pub, closed down due to Covid-19, in the Temple Bar tourist area of central Dublin today. On the eve of St. Patrick's Day the cellar of The Temple Bar should be stacked head-high with kegs - enough to serve 8,000 pints to Dubliners toasting Ireland's patron saint. But only a smattering of empty caskets lined the chilled basement of the crimson-coloured pub, the cornerstone of the capital's drinking district.

DUBLIN: A worker cleans the road outside The Temple Bar pub, closed down due to Covid-19, in the Temple Bar tourist area of central Dublin today. On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day the cellar of The Temple Bar should be stacked head-high with kegs – enough to serve 8,000 pints to Dubliners toasting Ireland’s patron saint. But only a smattering of empty caskets lined the chilled basement of the crimson-coloured pub, the cornerstone of the capital’s drinking district.

SYDNEY: St Patricks Day revellers at The Rocks in Sydney, Australia, party into the night in one of the few places in the world where it is legal to do so

SYDNEY: St Patricks Day revellers at The Rocks in Sydney, Australia, party into the night in one of the few places in the world where it is legal to do so

SYDNEY: St Patricks Day revellers at The Rocks in Sydney, Australia, party into the night in one of the few places in the world where it is legal to do so

GEORGIA: St. Patrick's Day revelers packed downtown Savannah on Saturday night, letting loose despite pandemic warnings

GEORGIA: St. Patrick's Day revelers packed downtown Savannah on Saturday night, letting loose despite pandemic warnings

GEORGIA: St. Patrick’s Day revelers packed downtown Savannah on Saturday night, letting loose despite pandemic warnings

DUBLIN: Garda speak to a lone demonstrator on O'Connell Street in Dublin city centre ahead of a planned anti-lockdown protest

DUBLIN: Garda speak to a lone demonstrator on O'Connell Street in Dublin city centre ahead of a planned anti-lockdown protest

DUBLIN: Garda speak to a lone demonstrator on O’Connell Street in Dublin city centre ahead of a planned anti-lockdown protest

People partying in Australia for St Patrick's Day last night while Irish people back in Ireland are stuck inside their homes

People partying in Australia for St Patrick's Day last night while Irish people back in Ireland are stuck inside their homes

People partying in Australia for St Patrick's Day last night while Irish people back in Ireland are stuck inside their homes

People partying in Australia for St Patrick's Day last night while Irish people back in Ireland are stuck inside their homes

SYDNEY: People partying in Australia for St Patrick’s Day last night while Irish people back in Ireland are stuck inside their homes 

DUBLIN: Garda ride through the deserted Temple Bar area of Dublin on St Patrick's Day

DUBLIN: Garda ride through the deserted Temple Bar area of Dublin on St Patrick's Day

DUBLIN: Garda ride through the deserted Temple Bar area of Dublin on St Patrick’s Day

CHICAGO: Johnny Ludwig and Chris Coomes play bagpipes ahead of St. Patrick's Day along the Chicago River, dyed green every year to honor the city's Irish American heritage

CHICAGO: Johnny Ludwig and Chris Coomes play bagpipes ahead of St. Patrick's Day along the Chicago River, dyed green every year to honor the city's Irish American heritage

CHICAGO: Johnny Ludwig and Chris Coomes play bagpipes ahead of St. Patrick’s Day along the Chicago River, dyed green every year to honor the city’s Irish American heritage

DUBLIN: Pedestrians walk past the Auld Dubliner pub, closed down due to Covid-19, in the Temple Bar area of Dublin City centre

DUBLIN: Pedestrians walk past the Auld Dubliner pub, closed down due to Covid-19, in the Temple Bar area of Dublin City centre

DUBLIN: Pedestrians walk past the Auld Dubliner pub, closed down due to Covid-19, in the Temple Bar area of Dublin City centre

DUBLIN: Tom Cleary, owner of the Temple Bar poses for a picture at his pub in the Temple Bar area of Dublin City centre.

DUBLIN: Tom Cleary, owner of the Temple Bar poses for a picture at his pub in the Temple Bar area of Dublin City centre.

DUBLIN: Tom Cleary, owner of the Temple Bar poses for a picture at his pub in the Temple Bar area of Dublin City centre.

DUBLIN: A man walks past The Oliver St. John Gogarty pub, closed down due to Covid-19, in the Temple Bar area of Dublin

DUBLIN: A man walks past The Oliver St. John Gogarty pub, closed down due to Covid-19, in the Temple Bar area of Dublin

DUBLIN: A man walks past The Oliver St. John Gogarty pub, closed down due to Covid-19, in the Temple Bar area of Dublin

DUBLIN: A display by Tourism Ireland entitled 'Orchestra of Light' featuring a swarm of 500 drones is animated in the night sky above the Samuel Beckett bridge on the river Liffey for St Patrick's Day, as it is cancelled for the second year in a row due to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Dublin, Ireland

DUBLIN: A display by Tourism Ireland entitled 'Orchestra of Light' featuring a swarm of 500 drones is animated in the night sky above the Samuel Beckett bridge on the river Liffey for St Patrick's Day, as it is cancelled for the second year in a row due to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Dublin, Ireland

DUBLIN: A display by Tourism Ireland entitled ‘Orchestra of Light’ featuring a swarm of 500 drones is animated in the night sky above the Samuel Beckett bridge on the river Liffey for St Patrick’s Day, as it is cancelled for the second year in a row due to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Dublin, Ireland

DUBLIN: A display by Tourism Ireland entitled 'Orchestra of Light' featuring a swarm of 500 drones is animated in the night sky above the Samuel Beckett bridge on the river Liffey

DUBLIN: A display by Tourism Ireland entitled 'Orchestra of Light' featuring a swarm of 500 drones is animated in the night sky above the Samuel Beckett bridge on the river Liffey

DUBLIN: A display by Tourism Ireland entitled ‘Orchestra of Light’ featuring a swarm of 500 drones is animated in the night sky above the Samuel Beckett bridge on the river Liffey 

It comes after Health Minister Simon Foster warned on Tuesday: ‘What I would suggest tomorrow – the most patriotic thing people can actually do in terms of our national battle against Covid-19 is stick to the public health advice.

‘Because in about two weeks’ time the Government wants to be able to sit down with our public health experts and work out what the next few weeks look like and we desperately want to be able to see some of the harshest restrictions eased.

‘Particularly, and I don’t want to exceed expectations here, but particularly things like the five kilometres, which is really punitive and really difficult for people.

‘We want to see construction start to come back and people be able to do that little bit more outdoors.

‘My message, the Government’s message, the chief medical officer’s message, is: Let’s not do anything tomorrow that risks that.’

He said he was ‘really confident’ that if the public followed the public health advice there would be a ‘slow, steady and gradual’ reopening of the country in the coming weeks.

‘Don’t set our country back for the sake of a day, for the sake of a special occasion,’ he added.

In Northern Ireland, First Minister Arlene Foster told people that St Patrick’s Day ‘must be different’ this year due to the ongoing risk of the virus. 

The Queen today expressed her best wishes to the Irish President, Michael D Higgins, and the people of Ireland, ahead of St Patrick’s Day.

She also ‘fondly’ remembered her historic visit to Ireland a decade ago.

In response Mr Higgins extended his ‘warmest appreciation for your good wishes on our national day’ and described her 2011 visit as a ‘moment of healing’.

GEORGIA: Savannah City Hall withheld a permit for the sprawling St. Patrick's festival that's typically a magnet for beer-fueled revelry along the city's riverfront promenade -- but that didn't stop the bawdy revelries on Saturday night

GEORGIA: Savannah City Hall withheld a permit for the sprawling St. Patrick's festival that's typically a magnet for beer-fueled revelry along the city's riverfront promenade -- but that didn't stop the bawdy revelries on Saturday night

GEORGIA: Savannah City Hall withheld a permit for the sprawling St. Patrick’s festival that’s typically a magnet for beer-fueled revelry along the city’s riverfront promenade — but that didn’t stop the bawdy revelries on Saturday night

GEORGIA: The Plant Riverside District festival started on Friday and is going on through Wednesday, St. Patrick’s Day

GEORGIA: The Plant Riverside District festival started on Friday and is going on through Wednesday, St. Patrick’s Day

GEORGIA: The Plant Riverside District festival started on Friday and is going on through Wednesday, St. Patrick’s Day

FLORIDA: Maskless runners of all ages are pictured wearing green shirts, including one that reads 'here to paddy' on Saturday in Pensacola

FLORIDA: Maskless runners of all ages are pictured wearing green shirts, including one that reads 'here to paddy' on Saturday in Pensacola

FLORIDA: Maskless runners of all ages are pictured wearing green shirts, including one that reads ‘here to paddy’ on Saturday in Pensacola

FLORIDA: About 2,400 runners participate in the annual McGuire's St. Patrick's Day Run in Pensacola on Saturday

FLORIDA: About 2,400 runners participate in the annual McGuire's St. Patrick's Day Run in Pensacola on Saturday

FLORIDA: About 2,400 runners participate in the annual McGuire’s St. Patrick’s Day Run in Pensacola on Saturday

GEORGIA: Sidelining Savannah's largest gatherings and parade hasn't stopped the party. The city's top tourism official says hotels in the downtown historic district could be 90 percent full this weekend - the busiest they've been in the past year

GEORGIA: Sidelining Savannah's largest gatherings and parade hasn't stopped the party. The city's top tourism official says hotels in the downtown historic district could be 90 percent full this weekend - the busiest they've been in the past year

GEORGIA: Sidelining Savannah’s largest gatherings and parade hasn’t stopped the party. The city’s top tourism official says hotels in the downtown historic district could be 90 percent full this weekend – the busiest they’ve been in the past year

GEORGIA: Despite the lingering health risks, Savannah's hotels and shops, bars and restaurants are hungry for tourism dollars

GEORGIA: Despite the lingering health risks, Savannah's hotels and shops, bars and restaurants are hungry for tourism dollars

GEORGIA: Despite the lingering health risks, Savannah’s hotels and shops, bars and restaurants are hungry for tourism dollars

The Queen’s message read: ‘On the occasion of your National Day, I would like to convey to Your Excellency my congratulations, together with my best wishes to the people of Ireland.

‘This year marks ten years since my visit to Ireland, which I remember fondly, and it marks a significant centenary across these islands.

‘We share ties of family, friendship and affection – the foundation of our partnership that remains as important today as ten years ago.

She signed off in the Irish language: ‘La Fheile Padraig sona daoibh go leir (Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of you.’

Mr Higgins said: ‘Your special memory of your visit to Ireland ten years ago this year, is one that is shared and invoked regularly by all of us in Ireland, being as it was in its generosity of spirit such a moment of healing.

‘It has done so much to deepen our shared sense of the breadth and vibrancy of the connection between our two countries at every level.

‘It will continue to inspire the achievement of those possibilities in the future that we might share.’

He said St Patrick’s Day would be celebrated in the hearts of generations of Irish people who have made their home in Britain, and their British friends and family, as well as by the many British people who have happily made their home in Ireland.

‘I know that the movement and circulation of our peoples is a source of continuing joy for us both,’ he added. 

Mr Higgins ended his message in Irish, wishing the Queen and her family a happy and peaceful St Patrick’s Day: ‘Guim La Fheile Padraig sona agus siochanta ort agus ar do mhuintir’.

CHICAGO: Meanwhile, the Chicago River was dyed a bright shade of green Saturday in a surprise move, after Mayor Lori Lightfoot reversed an earlier decision not to tint the waterway for second year

CHICAGO: Meanwhile, the Chicago River was dyed a bright shade of green Saturday in a surprise move, after Mayor Lori Lightfoot reversed an earlier decision not to tint the waterway for second year

CHICAGO: Meanwhile, the Chicago River was dyed a bright shade of green Saturday in a surprise move, after Mayor Lori Lightfoot reversed an earlier decision not to tint the waterway for second year

CHICAGO: Workers clean a boat in the Chicago River after it was dyed green in celebration of St. Patrick's Day on March 13. The dyeing of the river, a St. Patrick's Day tradition in the city, was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic

CHICAGO: Workers clean a boat in the Chicago River after it was dyed green in celebration of St. Patrick's Day on March 13. The dyeing of the river, a St. Patrick's Day tradition in the city, was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic

CHICAGO: Workers clean a boat in the Chicago River after it was dyed green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on March 13. The dyeing of the river, a St. Patrick’s Day tradition in the city, was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic

GEORGIA: Partygoers are seen in downtown Savannah on Saturday as a festival on private property is expected to draw huge crowds

GEORGIA: Partygoers are seen in downtown Savannah on Saturday as a festival on private property is expected to draw huge crowds

GEORGIA: Partygoers are seen in downtown Savannah on Saturday as a festival on private property is expected to draw huge crowds

GEORGIA: Despite the lingering health risks, Savannah's hotels and shops, bars and restaurants are hungry for tourism dollars

GEORGIA: Despite the lingering health risks, Savannah's hotels and shops, bars and restaurants are hungry for tourism dollars

GEORGIA: Despite the lingering health risks, Savannah’s hotels and shops, bars and restaurants are hungry for tourism dollars

The Queen and her husband Philip made the trip to the Republic in 2011 on the invite of then president Mary McAleese.

It was the first official visit by a reigning British monarch in 100 years.

During her four-day visit the Queen laid a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance, visited Croke Park, the English Market in Co Cork and toured the Rock of Cashel in Co Tipperary.

At a state dinner in Dublin Castle in her honour the Queen spoke of the ‘painful legacy’ of the relationship between Britain and Ireland but also the close ties between the two countries.

She began her address by speaking in Irish: ‘A Uachtarain agus a chairde.’ 

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