The senior Mr. Mullen, whose roots lie in the western county of Mayo, said he and his boy actually were golfing their way through Ireland, not drinking. He said the key to enjoying Ireland was to soak up the locals’ exceptionally good conversation regardless of the foul weather.
“Yesterday we got rained on, sleeted on, snowed on as we golfed. There was even some sun here and there. It was four seasons in one round,” Mr. Mullen said. “People back home say I’ve got the gift of the gab, but I’ve got no game here. The conversations here are magnificent. But you sometimes wonder how you’ve ever going to get out of them!”
In the world’s first major St. Patrick’s party Sunday, about 30,000 spectators soaked up the sun as Sydney’s Irish-Australians paraded through the city. Australia always marks St. Patrick’s Day on a Sunday. After the event, partiers rallying at the city’s Hyde Park saw 45 Irish men and women receive Australian citizenship. That’s increasingly common as tens of thousands of Irish job-seekers have made Australia a favored new home while Ireland’s own economy remains in the doldrums.