Everything goes green for St Patrick's day in Rīga

The close ties between Latvia and Ireland were clear for all to see as St Patrick's Day, March 17, arrived, with landmarks in the Latvian capital going green in honor of the emerald isle.

The National Theater, National Art Gallery and National Library all turned a shamrock hue to mark the occasion. 

Connections between the two states and their capitals go far beyond lighting effects. Around 40,000 Latvians make their home in Ireland, and in 2018 Irish President Michael D. Higgins made a memorable visit to Latvia. 

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs was among the first to offer St. Patrick's Day congratulations.

Only last year, even while Dublin was unable to celebrate its traditional 'Bloomsday' celebration of James Joyce and his writings, Rīga stepped in to provide a Bloomsday conference and ramble of its own, as a new Latvian translation of 'Ulysses' was commissioned from acclaimed translator Ieva Lešinska.

A very happy St. Patrick's Day to all our Irish readers!

 

 

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