Enterprise Mobility: iPhone, iPad Apps to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2011-03-16 Print this article Print
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The worldwide celebration of St. Patrick's Day is not just an excuse to drink yourself into oblivion (though that is fun) and dine on corned beef—it's also an opportunity to explore the rest of Irish culture. Named after St. Patrick (duh), the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland, the day originated as a Catholic holiday and became an official feast day in the early 17th century. Many people, regardless of their ethnic background, wear green clothing and items, or face the possibility of a traditional, good-natured pinch for not participating. Some U.S. cities with large Irish populations, such as Boston and Chicago, take the celebration to extreme measures—the latter city dyes the Chicago River a spectacular color green on the holiday (leading some to wonder why the city can't dye the murky waterway blue the rest of the year). The wizards filling Apple's App Store with iPhone and iPad applications certainly aren't sitting this holiday out—the site boasts a selection of apps in recognition of St. Patrick's Day, from histories and quizzes of Irish culture to countdowns, wallpapers and festival guides. Regardless of the amount of Irish in you, the holiday provides a great excuse to delve into another culture—and maybe have one beer too many.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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