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Ruth Patterson says St Patrick's Belfast parade still too green - 'it should be for all of us'

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Published 21/01/2016

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Belfast St Patrick's day celebration 2015
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Pictured from the McCullough school of Irish dance are Ellan Cross and Cora Rose Corry with Naomi McMullan. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert. Boyband 'HomeTown' play at Custom house Square Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert. Boyband 'HomeTown' play at Custom house Square Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is Jinxing Lin, Axel Beauvisage during St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon during St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is Ellie and Erin Kane during St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Pictured from the McCullough school of Irish dance are Ellan Cross and Cora Rose Corry with Naomi McMullan. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015.
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
Boyband 'HomeTown' play at Custom house Square
Boyband 'HomeTown' play at Custom house Square
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Highland dancers on stage Irish dancers on stage
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Highland dancers on stage
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Highland dancers on stage
Belfast Lord Mayor with Citybeat's Stephen Clements and Sara?Neil.
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert. Sandra and Trevor McKeeman Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015. Picture Presseye
People in Rome taking selfies in front of the ‘greened’ Colosseum.
Niagara Falls joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
Mussenden Temple and Venus, pictured by Glenn Miles
Coca-Cola London Eye on London's South Bank is lit green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Tuesday 17th March.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Patron celebrate St Patrick's Day at the Harbour View Hotel on March 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
The Great Wall of China joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
The Cibeles Fountain and Palacio de Comunicaciones in Madrid, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
Christ the Redeemer illuminated in green to celebrate the upcoming Irish festivity of Saint Patrick's Day, atop Corcovado hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Patrons celebrate St Patrick's Day at the Orient Hotel on March 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Patrons celebrate St Patrick's Day at the Orient Hotel on March 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
The Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Irelands Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, London is lit green by Tourism Ireland in celebration ahead of St Patrick's Day, on Tuesday 17th.
Kayakers float on the Chicago River after being dyed green ahead of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago, Saturday, March 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
The Allianz Arena, home to Bayern Munich, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Irelands Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
Cabot Tower on Signal Hill, St Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador (Canada), joins Tourism Irelands Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
The iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Irelands Global Greening initiative to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
Ciara Kelly photographs Gareth Maguire on a mobile phone by the Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, south east London, which is decorated green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Tuesday 17th March.
The Colosseum in Rome joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.
The Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, south east London, is decorated green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Tuesday 17th March.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Patrons celebrate St Patrick's Day at P.J. O'Brien's Irish pub on March 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Patrons celebrate St Patrick's Day at P.J. O'Brien's Irish pub on March 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Patrons celebrate St Patrick's Day at the Orient Hotel on March 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
Edinburgh Castle in Scotland illuminated green as it is among more than 100 international landmarks turning green to mark St Patrick's Day.
Glasgow's SSE Hydro Arena and Armadillo in Scotland illuminated green as they are among mo
Edinburgh Airport control tower in Scotland illuminated green as it is among more than 100 international landmarks turning green to mark St Patrick's Day.
Retired professional boxer Barry McGuigan at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
Bolivian traditional dancers take part in the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
People dressed up at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
A woman waves an Irish flag at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
A group of girls at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 15, 2015. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
People celebrate at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
A girl holds an Irish flag at the front of a band at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
People gather at Trafalgar Square at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
A mobile figure of St. Patrick at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
A bystander takes a photo of a elephant float at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
People at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
A woman waves an Irish flag at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
A woman waves an Irish flag at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
People dressed up at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
A participant at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
People dressed up at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
A woman enjoys the day at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
A woman enjoys the day at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.
Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, London is lit green by Tourism Ireland in celebration ahead of St Patrick's Day. Matt Alexander/PA Wire .

Outspoken unionist councillor Ruth Patterson has said she agrees with Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness that St Patrick belongs to everyone.

The expelled DUP politician was speaking after she was criticised yesterday following a radio interview in which she claimed St Patrick was a "former Protestant".

Last night Ms Patterson admitted she could "have been better versed" before her BBCNI Talkback interview, but pointed out St Patrick was British.

And she repeated her calls for loyalists planning a Union flag protest in Belfast on St Patrick's Day to "rethink" their plans.

Ms Patterson has been a supporter of the protests since the council voted to stop flying the flag at Belfast City Hall 365 days a year.

But she said there was no "strategic or political purpose" in a loyalist protest planned for March 17, when the centre of Belfast was full of revellers. A similar event last year saw minor trouble flare and a young girl was hurt by a missile.

When challenged on her change of mind on the radio, Ms Patterson said the Irish tricolour had "nothing to do with St Patrick".

"I don't want the unionist people brought into a situation whereby they are seen to be the bad guys," she added.

"St Patrick's Day brings along with it naked sectarianism. We see hordes of marauding youths running around Belfast city centre draped in tricolours.

"At the end of the day, the tricolour has nothing to do with St Patrick. St Patrick himself was a former Protestant."

When challenged that the patron Saint of Ireland lived 1,000 years before the Reformation, she said: "Yes he may have, but he was a Christian man in his beliefs. I see him as being a former Protestant."

The comments attracted criticism online, and Deputy First Minister McGuinness wrote on Twitter: "I thought he was a shepherd, for ALL of us!"

But Ms Patterson told the Belfast Telegraph last night: "I can't disagree with that."

She described St Patrick as a "Celtic Christian" who was British and said she wished that the celebrations in Belfast were "more inclusive".

While there are cross-community parades and ecumenical church events here, the Belfast parade has been criticised by unionists for being unwelcoming.

"I wish people could go into the city centre on St Patrick's Day and celebrate in the same way St George is celebrated in England," Ms Patterson said, telling how she also supports St Patrick's Day being made a full public holiday, rather than just a bank holiday.

"Anyone with a stature of a saint has generally earned it by good deeds," she added.

She claimed many people avoided the Belfast celebrations due to anti-social behaviour, and those who are not part of the parade or "wrapped in a flag" steer clear.

The councillor said she wished she had been taught more about her local history at school, then "perhaps I would have been better versed". She said Protestants were not taught enough about their own culture and history at school.

She added: "I just hope everyone enjoys a peaceful St Patrick's Day free from hatred and sectarianism."

The councillor is not the first unionist to claim St Patrick, and the Orange Order has held parades on March 17. Ian Paisley said in 1995: "The Roman Catholics in Ireland believe he was a Roman Catholic. I know he was a Protestant, so I think that we should have St Patrick's Day as a national holiday."

In November Ms Patterson was expelled from the DUP over an interview in which she lambasted the leadership for parachuting Emma Pengelly into the Assembly seat vacated by Jimmy Spratt.

She will now stand against her as an Independent in the South Belfast constituency.

Belfast Telegraph

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