Dublin - St. Patrick's Day, the largest festival in Ireland, is to be moved from March 17th to November 4th, it was revealed today. The change comes after much pressure from the Gardai (Irish police service) to the Irish government.
Head of the Gardai, Seamus Flaherty, said that it was about time the government listened to them.
"The problem is that although the festival is for the most part peaceful and good humoured, it is also an opportunity for troublemakers to spoil things," said Seamus. "What with the cutbacks in our force, our job has become increasingly more difficult over the past years. March 17th has stretched us beyond breaking point. November 4th is, statistically, our quietest date, so it seemed logical to move the festival to it."
A government spokesman said " We agree with Seamus. November 4th is our quietest day, so we see no major problems this year."
A guinness spokesman did express concerns over a drop in sales.