St Patrick's Day celebrations were delayed by two months in 2001 due to an outbreak of foot and mouth disease and a subsequent ban on travel.

Can you really celebrate St Patrick in May?

This is the question that reporter Fergal Ryan puts to Maria Moynihan, Chief Executive of the St Patrick's Festival, who describes St Patrick's Day as "a moveable feast".  She feels that the festival is about so much more than just St Patrick which can be celebrated at any time of the year. This year the festivities include a greater number of home-grown performers, a Sky Fest, as well as the traditional parade. 

Fergal Ryan speaks to people on the streets of Dublin who seem pleased that the show, although belatedly, is going ahead.

Dead in March but very much alive in May

Three days of celebration took place on 18, 19 and 20 of May, two months after St Patrick's Day on 17 March. 

An RTÉ News report by Fergal Ryan broadcast on 18 May 2001.