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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Posted by Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday, March 17, 2016

Speaker Ryan takes special pride in his Irish roots. So when it came time to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, he managed to stretch out the festivities for nearly an entire week, in many of the traditional ways you might expect, including:

  1. Wearing green  âœ“
  2. Drinking Guinness  âœ“
  3. Making bad Irish jokes  âœ“

BONUS: Hanging out with the Prime Minister of Ireland (shown below) ✓

Speaker Paul Ryan and Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny of Ireland discuss the ongoing dome restoration project at the United States Capitol Building.

This year, for the first time ever, the annual Friends of Ireland tradition—which began with Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill—was open to the press and livestreamed to the public. Click here or the video below to watch Speaker Ryan's six minute speech.