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Students prepare for St. Patrick’s celebrations

Irena Zajickova | Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Notre Dame students will celebrate their Irish heritage — real or invented — this St. Patrick’s Day.

Many students, like sophomore Ashley Amarosa, have been looking forward to this day for weeks.

“I’ve definitely planned my entire day around celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. I just hope my classes don’t interfere,” Amarosa said.

Senior Michelle Perone said she has thought about what her St. Patrick’s Day plans will be since Saturday.

“Right when Spring Break ended, my priorities turned to figuring out St. Patrick’s Day plans. There’s so much to do,” Perone said. “I’ll have to decorate my apartment for when I have people over, and I need to buy supplies and food and stuff like that. I’m pretty excited about it. It’s going to be a good day.”

Junior Mary Kelly said she plans on wearing green to class, but she is disappointed about not being able to go to bars.

“I’m not 21 yet so I feel like I’ll be missing out on a lot of stuff going on that night,” Kelly said. “Corby’s is an Irish pub and it’d be cool to go there on St. Patrick’s Day, but I guess that’ll have to wait until next year.”

Senior Keith Ruehlmann said he enjoys St. Patrick’s Day because it gives students something to celebrate and provides a nice reprieve from their class work.

“I like it because it gives everyone an excuse to step back from their work and celebrate,” Ruehlmann said.

Junior Claire Fisher said she will not be able to take a break because she has a physics midterm at 8 a.m. Thursday morning. She said she is unhappy about the timing of her exam.

“I feel like I’m missing out on a tradition that holds even more meaning here at a school whose mascot is the Fighting Irish,” Fisher said.

Fisher said she will probably wear green to class, but it will be the extent of her celebration because she will be studying.

“I’m forced to hear about everyone’s plans for the festivities and I can’t participate,” Fisher said.

Junior Kate Mullaney said she also has obligations requiring her to cut her St. Patrick’s Day celebrations short.

“I have a mandatory chorale rehearsal. I don’t know how much celebrating I’ll actually get to do,” Mullaney said. “I’ll just wear green to class and get Irish dinner at the dining hall.”
Some students, like senior Adam Woodruff, have midterms Thursday but plan on spending most of their time celebrating St. Patrick’s Day anyway.

“I have a midterm on Thursday, but I don’t think I’ll be studying much,” Woodruff said. “I’ll probably be spending the whole day celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. There’s a lot of stuff going on.”

Both dining halls will be serving traditional Irish fare tomorrow. Examples include corned beef, boiled potatoes and colcannon.

Another option for St. Patrick’s Day is heading off-campus to eat at Fiddler’s Hearth, an Irish restaurant and pub. Notre Dame’s Irish Dance team will be performing in the evening.