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Stout supernova Liam Gallagher gets St Patrick's Day underway with 'Guinness Guinness Guinness' tweet

In Dublin, more than 400,000 people are expected to descend onto the streets of the capital for the parade

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Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher got the party started this morning with a happy St Patrick's Day message to his fans and the declaration “Guinness Guinness Guinness LG.” 

The singer who has always boasted of his Irish heritage was just one of many to mark the opening of proceedings for the day ahead as preparations get underway for some of the first big celebrations in two years.

In Dublin, more than 400,000 people are expected to descend onto the streets of the capital for the parade, which kicks off at 12 noon until 2pm.

However, signs have appeared on some shop doors warning customers that they would not be permitted to purchase alcohol until 4pm onwards.

The move is part of the gardai’s public safety plan for those attending the parade.

As part of the plan, gardai in Dublin City Centre are working with the licensing industry "to voluntarily control the off-licence sale of alcohol up to 4pm".

In Cork, 50,000 people are expected to flood into the city centre for the first major celebrations there since before the pandemic.

The Cork city parade is due to kick off at 1pm from South Mall, before making its way down Grand Parade, up St Patrick’s Street and finishing at Merchants Quay.

It will be live-streamed on Cork City Council’s website from 12.45pm, and MC’ed by previous Grand Marshall, Olympian, and Red FM presenter Rob Heffernan.

In New York, one of the oldest and largest St Patrick’s Day Parades in the world, according to organisers, will see approximately 150,000 people march in the parade and around two million people line the streets to watch it.

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In his national St Patrick’s Day address, President Michael D Higgins sent his “warmest greetings and sincere good wishes to our Irish family across the world, and to all those who have been, remain and are working to be such good friends to Ireland”.

He urged the people of Ireland, and the world, to carry forward the “generous spirit” of St Patrick and stand in solidarity with those across the globe who are “vulnerable and in need”.

Tourism Ireland has said it is not promoting its usual “global greening” of over 700 icons across the world this year as a mark of respect to the situation in Ukraine, and looks forward to international landmarks being illuminated in green “in what [they] hope will be a more peaceful world in 2023”.

The Office of Public Works has announced that this year’s greening will be replaced with a gesture of solidarity with Ukraine, as 41 Irish landmarks are instead illuminated in the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian flag over St Patrick’s weekend.

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