Ah, St. Patty's Day. One of my favorite adopted holidays.
I didn't always celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Well, minus the occasional wearing green and a mention in passing at school. Then I went to college.
Apparently St. Patrick is the Patron Saint of Engineers, so, yeah. We had a 10 day-long party which involved things like the Greenest Person, lots of shillelaghs and walking sticks seen around campus -- mostly involved in "killing" little plastic snakes, painting the street green, oh, and the best yet, 2 days off from class. Just for St. Patrick's Day. I kid.you.not.
Needless to say, I will always have a soft spot for St. Patty's Day. I'm not usually a huge let's-celebrate-every-holiday! person (ahem, Valentine's Day), but for this, I make an exception.
You should put this down for your menu Saturday night. The stew works perfectly -- simmering away for 2 hours, giving you ample time to become preoccupied with other things, such as how fast you really have to drink that Irish Car Bomb before it curdles. Or just make the cupcakes instead so there's no rush on the intake.