Irish writers are of the opinion that the Irish ate meat on St Patrick's day?
"While Irish beef has always been noted for its flavour, corned beef was equally relished. Boiled and served with green cabbage and floury potatoes, it is considered an epicurean dish, to be eaten at Hallowe'en, at Christmas, on St Patrick's Day, at weddings and at wakes, a tradition that was carried to the New World by the emigrants of the 18th and 19th centuries. To this day, corned beef and cabbage are served on St Patrick's Day and at Thanksgiving in parts of North America.
Bacon, corned beef, sausages and puddings are all mentioned in The Vision of Mac Conglinne, the 12th-century tale ...."
"Land of Milk and Honey, The story of Traditional Irish Food and Drink" by Brid Mahon.
"Everyone should have meat for dinner on St Patrick's Day both in honour of the festival and as a relief from Lenten abstinence."
From "The Year in Ireland, Irish Calendar Customs" by Kevin Denaher.
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