My girlfriend and I were planning to go to Westport for St Patrick's Day, find a good music session, soak up the atmosphere and have a great night. We've already got a hotel booked. However, one of her friends has told her that Westport tends to get invaded by rowdy folks for St Patrick's and the locals tend to avoid going out, or even go elsewhere instead. Before we change our plans, I thought it was worth checking whether there's any substance to that information.
My girlfriend is from near Ballina and she's never heard of this before, and I've given it a good Googling and can't find any reference to any kind of rowdiness in Westport for St Patrick's (or indeed any other time).
Can any locals offer any advice? (Thanks.)