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To get in the spirit of the green (or shall we say, ‘spirits’?), we asked some locals their thoughts on the Irish holiday and their favorite libations. For more on St. Patrick’s Day events, history and slang, see Options, B1. Erin go braugh!

Town: SiltWhat does St. Patrick’s Day mean to you? It’s just another excuse for Americans to celebrate another country’s holiday, like Cinco de Mayo.Favorite Irish libation: Jameson (Irish Whiskey) on the rocks

Town: CarbondaleWhat does St. Patrick’s Day mean to you? It’s usually a day I don’t get out because there are too many amateurs. Anyone who is a real Irishman can drink any day of the week. I go out early in the day and have a few, then go home.Favorite Irish libation: Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey



Town: Glenwood SpringsWhat does St. Patrick’s Day mean to you? It’s just a party holiday for me – drinking and wearing green.Favorite Irish libation: Jameson

Town: Glenwood SpringsWhat does St. Patrick’s Day mean to you? I’m about 90 percent Scottish, so I usually don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. I attend the Burns Dinner and the Scottish Games where the Irish come in green and we wear our different Tartan. The Scots, most of them came from Ireland. There were two kinds of tribesman in Scotland – the Celts and the Pics. My name, McCollum, means “son or follower of,” and refers to Saint Colum. He was a very famous saint and my ancestors were apparently his followers. Favorite Irish libation: I don’t really have a favorite. As a Scotsman I should favor whiskey, but I don’t (and don’t tell my Scot friends that!)



Town: Grand JunctionWhat does St. Patrick’s Day mean to you? It pretty much means I’ll be hung over the next day – lots of drinking.Favorite Irish libation: straight Jameson


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