It’s been almost a year since my boyfriend and I set off from under the shadow of Croagh Patrick in rain coats and padded shorts, laden down with homemade soda bread and a tent, to cycle the width of Ireland all the way back to Dublin, just days after both the centenary of the Easter Rising and St. Patrick’s Day. My boyfriend is pretty Irish. Both sides of his family are from the same county in the West of Ireland, his hair turns to copper in the sun, and his mother drinks Guinness when she’s ill instead of taking tablets. But it was my idea to cycle the width of the country, with nothing but a variety of rubber and[…]

There are a few things that you can count on every spring: your allergies will force you to Google things like “Can humans live without a nose,” your ex will slowly snap out of his seasonal depression, and McDonald’s will put the Shamrock Shake back on its menu. McDonald’s started selling those artificially colored seasonal calories just before St. Patrick’s Day 1970—it was actually known as the “St. Patrick’s Day Green Milkshake” then—which means that the the company has had 47 years to learn something about Ireland. Based on this week’s international McTwitter fail, though, that hasn’t happened. On Tuesday, McDonald’s posted a tweet that said “When your Shamrock Chocolate Madness plays all the right chocolatey-mint notes. #ShamrockSeason.” That was[…]

There are a few things that you can count on every spring: your allergies will force you to Google things like “Can humans live without a nose,” your ex will slowly snap out of his seasonal depression, and McDonald’s will put the Shamrock Shake back on its menu. McDonald’s started selling those artificially colored seasonal calories just before St. Patrick’s Day 1970—it was actually known as the “St. Patrick’s Day Green Milkshake” then—which means that the the company has had 47 years to learn something about Ireland. Based on this week’s international McTwitter fail, though, that hasn’t happened. On Tuesday, McDonald’s posted a tweet that said “When your Shamrock Chocolate Madness plays all the right chocolatey-mint notes. #ShamrockSeason.” That was[…]