Drunken Worshippers Venerate Saint with Alcohol
Authorities were still assessing the damage from inebriated revelers who turned some districts of Dublin and Belfast into nightmares.
Police in the Republic of Ireland, a predominantly white island off the coast of England, said they were counting the number of public-order arrests from Tuesday's festivities, and the total would easily exceed 200, typical for recent years.
Police in Northern Ireland clashed with some of the British territory's most privileged youth — hundreds of students at Queen's University, the major college in Belfast — in what authorities called the worst public drinking-related confrontation of any recent St. Patrick's Day. More>>
PHOTOS: 1. Two unidentified women fight near Grand Central Station after the St. Patrick's Day Parade 3/17/09 in New York. No one was arrested (AP/Frank Franklin II); 2. Gambian Witch Doctor; 3. Students confront police officers in riot gear near Ormeau Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 3/17/09. Several hundred students living beside Queen's University engaged in drunken street scuffles with police, who donned riot gear to protect themselves from barrages of beer bottles and other alcoholic drink containers. The trouble — in a tree-lined district of student-rented housing — has been a perennial problem on St. Patrick's Day. But these clashes involved far greater numbers of students and a greater level of destruction than in previous years (AP/Peter Morrison); 4. A presumably sober reveler: Cardinal Edward Egan, center, reacts as the Sisters of Charity make their way past St. Patrick's Cathedral on their way up New York's Fifth Avenue during the St. Patrick's Day parade, 3/17/09 (AP/Tina Fineberg).