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St. Patrick's Day Popular
2006-03-18 17:12:10    Shenzhen Daily
(By Jennifer Fan)ST. Patrick's Day, the Irish National Day which falls on Friday, is expected to bring together hundreds of expats with its growing popularity.
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"St. Patrick's Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green, shamrocks and good luck," said John Guy, co-owner of an Irish restaurant and bar in Shekou called McCawley's, who was busy arranging for Guinness, free gifts, and an Irish live band for celebrations. McCawley's will celebrate St. Patrick's Day for three days starting Friday.

In 2004, McCawley's became the first bar in the city to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

Irishman Brian Fox, who works with Bristow Helicopter in Shekou, will not miss this year's party, after spending St. Patrick's Day in Ireland in 2005. "I think everyone will go as they want to have an Irish day," said the engineer.

For Peter Watson, the celebrations will begin at noon as his employer, an Irish company called PCH China Solution, has given its employees the day off. "We will go to a bar named 3D at the CITIC City Plaza to have lunch, stay there over the afternoon and then join the party at night," he said, referring to the group of 18 expats of different nationalities in his company.

Watson expected business in many of the city's bars to be good Friday with an increase in expat customers.
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