Irish Mainers Start Drinking Early to Celebrate Something or Other. Whatever’s Handy

Saint Patrick's Day celebration

Saint Patrick's Day celebrationBANGOR, Maine — With her “Pinch me, I will punch you” green Irish T-shirt and a golden ale in her hand, Amy Douglass sat in Paddy Murphy’s Irish pub on Sunday morning measuring just how far from Kansas she has come. “I have never been up this early in my life. I am totally not kidding,” said the 39-year-old hairdresser and bartender, who moved from Kansas to Orrington about three weeks ago. “I have never celebrated St. Patrick’s Day like this before, unless you count in Kansas, and there the bars aren’t open at all on Sundays.” “Maine,” Douglass said solemnly, “is very cool.” Douglass was among about 75 people who celebrated the Irish-American holiday by doing exactly what Gov. Paul LePage and the state Legislature allowed them to do — start the party early. She and other Paddy’s patrons cheered the emergency legislation LePage signed into law allowing bars and restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages at 6 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day when the holiday falls on a Sunday. (read more at Bangor Daily News)