FESTIVE FUN: Shanyn Bennett, Rockhampton’s Sarah Pascoe and Penny Lepine check out the Guinness factory ahead of St Patrick’s Day in Ireland.
FESTIVE FUN: Shanyn Bennett, Rockhampton’s Sarah Pascoe and Penny Lepine check out the Guinness factory ahead of St Patrick’s Day in Ireland. Contrtibuted

Sarah in St Patrick's Day spirit in the Emerald Isle

IT MIGHT be Wednesday, March 18, in Rocky, but one local girl is probably still knocking back the Guinness at the moment.

Sarah Pascoe, 21, is in Ireland enjoying the festivities and colour of St Patrick's Day.

Yesterday she said it was something that had always been on her bucket list.

The former The Cathedral College student, who currently lives in London, is in Dublin for the annual four-day celebration.

"The atmosphere is crazy here, it's all very exciting," she said.

"The streets are covered in green, orange and white and there are Irish dancers at every corner. Being in Ireland for St Patty's Day is definitely something everyone should experience in their lifetime.

"I went to the Guinness Factory yesterday and learnt how to pour a Guinness. I also went to the leprechaun museum where they tell the story of leprechauns; it was hilarious."

And the celebrations don't stop there.

Today because Ireland is 10 hours behind Australia, they're still celebrating and Sarah said she expected to still be in the festive mood and possibly enjoying a Guinness.

"I'll be going to watch the street parade," she said. "And my friends and I want to watch an Ireland dancing competition. We also want to go to see a hurling match.

"Since the festival started on Sunday, there's been lots of things for people to do. The Irish are so friendly; they really make you feel like you belong."

Eight months ago, Sarah left the Beef Capital for Big Ben and the move to London.

"I did a university exchange in 2013 and I loved it so much over here that I decided to get a youth visa and come back," she said.

"I work at a hostel in London and spend my weekends travelling Europe and parts of the UK. I'll be living here for two years so hopefully this time next year I'll be back in Ireland."



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