- The Washington Times - Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday is a popular day, but not necessarily an inebriated one: 90 percent of Americans either like or love St. Patrick’s Day and will observe it — but only 8 percent “plan to get drunk” according to a survey by NationalToday.com, the website that tracks all the nation’s popular holidays.

“Despite the fact that St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday this year, only 2 in 25 Americans plan to get drunk. But among millennial respondents, that percentage almost doubles — 14 percent admitted to having plans to drink,” the poll said. “Green beer is not as popular as we thought: 8 percent of Americans plan to sample green beer. Among male respondents, 11 percent plan to drink green beer; about half as many women as men (6 percent) plan to partake.”

The findings are likely welcomed by such Irish-American cultural groups as the Ancient Order of Hibernians, which long has condemned “Irish stereotypes” featured on T-shirts and other merchandise that turn “St. Patrick’s Day into an excuse for binge drinking and licentious behavior.”

The survey also found that 3 out of 10 respondents at least plan to wear green, another 30 percent see the day as a celebration of Irish culture, 13 percent plan to indulge in Irish favorites like soda bread and potatoes while 12 percent see the day as “the religious feast of St. Patrick.”

And for those who do plan to have a little something on St. Paddy’s Day, the U.S.-based news site Irish Central offers what it deems the “top-10 best Irish toasts.” And here they are:

• May your giving hand never fail you.

• May we all be alive at this same time next year.

• May the Lord keep you in the palm of His hand, and never close his fist too tight.

• May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live.

• May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.

• Here’s to a long life and a merry one, a quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold beer-and another one.

• May your troubles be less, And your blessings be more. And nothing but happiness come through your door.

• May your neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and heaven accept you.

• Merry met, and merry part, I drink to thee with all my heart.

• Dung hills rise and castles fall, we are all equal one and all.

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