Thursday, March 17, 2016

Sona lá St Pádraig

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I grew up in Savannah and now live in a suburb there, went to Catholic High School and so St. Patrick's Day is somewhat of a big deal.  I have always heard it said that we have the biggest celebration outside of Boston or New York.  In celebration of today in Savannah I am going to share some things about Savannah.

We have a very large Irish, Catholic population and an active community of nuns.  The order here is the Sisters of Mercy and they run an all girl's Catholic High School called St. Vincent's.  It is in the heart of downtown Savannah and is incorporated into the structure that houses St. John the Baptist Cathedral and the convent.

Savannah also has a large Jewish community and a beautiful synagogue downtown called Mickve Israel.  It was built in a neo-Gothic style by architect Henry G. Harrison and funnily enough looks like a typical Christian Sanctuary with the nave and pews laid out in a cross shape.

Savannah is known as the Hostess City of the South and we do not take that lightly.  We host hundreds of thousands of people for the celebration which normally lasts several days.  It's a lot of fun but also packed.

Some fun things to do here include visiting Bonaventure Cemetery, taking a haunted pub tour, visiting River Street and City Market, touring the many places of worship, going through the Telfair Museum and the Jepson Center for the arts, and eating some delicious food.  The Grey had gotten a lot of attention lately, and there are many places downtown.  If you are feeling Irish you can check out Molly McPherson's, which is an Irish pub.  And Savannah offers to-go cups!  That's right, you can take your (adult) drinks with you if you wish!

Erin Go Braugh!

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