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Austria to 'go green' for St. Patrick's Day

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Austria to 'go green' for St. Patrick's Day
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Fans of the Emerald Isle will be planning their green and orange costumes and getting in the Guinness ahead of St. Patrick's Day on March 17th - a time of celebration in Ireland and for those of Irish descent around the world.

Austria is no exception, with events celebrating Irish culture taking place across the country this weekend.

The Irish Embassy, along with Irish community groups across Austria, participates in and organises many events, using the opportunity to promote Ireland.

On Thursday evening one of Ireland’s leading economists, Dan O’Brien, will give a keynote address to the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (WU) Executive Academy.

On Friday keep an eye out at dusk as Vienna’s Burgtheater and Riesenrad go green for the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The castle in Kaprun and a ski slope in the village of Söll in Tyrol will also be illuminated in green.

The traditional 'Paddy's Day' parade in Vienna will commence at the Schottenstift monastery in the first district on Saturday at 11am. 

The monastery was founded by Irish monks (Scoti) in the 12th century and it hosts the annual St. Patrick’s Day mass, which begins at 10am.

Parade revellers will gather at Freyung for a celebration of Irish music and dance. A traditional ceilidh gathering will take place at the Haus der Begegnung, on Ada-Christengasse from 7pm.

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