A Celebration in Green

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Chances are, restaurants and bars will be doing a brisk business for a Monday, with St. Patrick’s Day in play.

The day started off with a somber note. Members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians placed a wreath at the grave of General John O'Neill. An Irish immigrant, O'Neill served in the Civil War and worked for Irish independence. O'Neill, Nebraska is named for him, “so we're here this morning to remember where we all came from," said Joe Casey.

John Addy added, “You can see from here, General O'Neill's monument is at the highest point in the Holy Sepulcher Cemetery at 49th and Leavenworth."

As the Hiberbnians were remembering, revelers were filling up bars around the city.

Margaret Kalina said, “We've been coming for 15 years, probably. And all the relatives meet and a bunch of others and then we're taking the bus today."

But not everyone could make it to a party. That's where our Scandinavian leprechaun comes in. Lauren Olsen is a nurse at Lakeside Hospital and on Monday morning, she dropped-in on Blayke Schmoker and her family. Blayke was born on Friday and Lauren was a hit on Monday.

The nurse/leprechaun said, "They really enjoy it, you know, whether they are in pain or having nausea it doesn't matter. We can just bring them an extra smile. Just 'cause you're stuck in the hospital doesn't mean it has to be a bum time for them.”

Across town at the Brazen Head, things were getting going with music and some unusual headgear. John Nall told us, “It took my hat about 15 years,” to reach its current state of splendor. “I add something new every year," he said.

From what we’re hearing, the weekend was big for revelers in green.

Trenton Chad Hardour told us, "Friday and Saturday were good. Sunday was dead, just because everyone was staying in, prepping for today. Saturday was a good day and that got a lot of people out I think a lot of people did that."

A big focus Monday is making sure people celebrate responsibly.


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