Mr. Angus Cohen a Jewish Irishman was so happy to learn that this year St. Patrick's day and Purim fall only a day apart. Now Angus loves to drink alcohol on any occasion but when someone actually tells him he has to drink, well this is truly sublime. It's true, an Irishman doesn't really need a reason to party an drink let alone in St. Patrick's Day... FYI, the first Saint Patrick's Festival by the way was held on 17 March 1996. In 1997, it became a three-day event, and by 2000 it was a four-day event. By 2006, the festival was five days long. So as you see, new as these celebrations are they are getting longer with time. But, with all due respect to St. Patrick, Purim even has a verse that actually "pushes" you to drink until you drop, add to that the fact that in Purim you have to dress up but not only in green and our Jewish friend becomes a very happy Irishman.
So next time you go to a Purim party or sit in an Iris bar drinking lager, raise your glass for Angus, because he is probably too drunk to do it himself.