Top mobile apps for St. Patrick's Day

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Use these Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Windows Mobile and Palm apps to locate the nearest pub, play beer pong, cure a hangover, or find a whole host of merrymaking activities.

Trust us, it's what St Patrick would have wanted.

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Drinking apps!

Mobile phone debauchery abounds year-round, but there is nothing quite like St Patrick's Day to thoroughly test out your phone's boozy alter ego.

The 59p iPaddyWhen iPhone app will even make sure that you never lose sight of the day. It gives you a countdown to midnight in Dublin. Let the sloppy, green-beer-induced madness begin.

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Drinking games

Drinking apps can enhance your celebrations with games of the intoxicating variety. Frat favourites include Beer Pong U (£1.19), Beer Pong Challenge (£0.59) and Beer Bounce (Quarters) (£0.59) for the iPhone and Beer Pong King (£1.19) for Android. Better yet, iChug for the iPhone (£0.59p) and Android (free) uses the accelerometer built into your phone to time how long you take to down your green beer. It's as though your phone distilled the best parts of college and fit them in your pocket.

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Find a boozer

No need to follow any rainbows to the Guinness. The iPhone's Bar Finder: Liquor Frog Beer, Bars, Alcohol Search (free) helps you unearth your next watering hole (complete with maps and directions). The paid version (59p) includes advanced search filtering, bookmarks and user reviews. Find Pub costs 59p and promises to find a nearby pub "wherever you are in the world", and iLocate Pub costs a similar price and offers a similar service.

For those that like real ale, the (£1.19) CAMRA Good Beer Guide Mobile will find good pubs and even better beer. You can also add a giant, red Beer Button (free) to your iPhone that will search for local off licences. You'll never need to use more than one finger to find alcohol again.

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What to drink?

If you've made it to the bar and you want some advice, relax and let your phone do the instructing. The impressive iWhiskey (£6.49) application, available only for the iPhone, is an epic source for drink descriptions. Sorting the reviews by category will allow purists to stick to those libations of Irish origin.

If you're feeling more adventurous, download iShots(free) or iShots-Irish edition (59p). Just shake your iPhone, and the app will randomly generate a shot recipe for you to mix yourself or ask the barman to make. Hosts of St Patrick's Day parties will want to acquire the Beverage Calculator (£1.79), a Windows Mobile app that determines your quantity needs based on the number of guests and the types of alcohol served.

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Beer and more beer

The developers at GreatBrewers.com built BeerCloud (free) to "enhance your beer life". The app allows you to scan bar codes and see product descriptions, maps retailers carrying your favourite brew and provides food-pairing recommendations.

Beerology 101 for Palm ($1.99), iBeers (£1.79) and Beer Genie (59p) for the iPhone, and Beer Master (£1.79 for iPhone) all offer catalogues and guides to help you make the right decisions this St Patrick's day - well, the important ones, at least. If you are stuck at the office, you can still observe the day with a virtual iBeer ($0.99) and play simulated drinking games with iDrunker (free). But we know that it's just not the same.

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Being Irish

So you're wearing green, you've somehow acquired an Irish flag, and you've curiously picked up an Irish accent. For iPhone users, that may mean it's time to take A St Patrick's Day Quizzle (free), try Speak Irish (59p), tell iRish Jokes (59p), and use Dublin Slang (59p).

Maybe it's the moment to impress the ladies or gentlemen with All Naughty Limericks (59p) or your Kiss Me I'm Irish (79p) wallpaper. (Let us know if either of those approaches actually works.) Android users also have the options to tell Irish folk stories with the help of Beside the Fire ($0.99), to learn new vocabulary in the Top 1000 Irish Word Quiz ($1.49), or to pick up some Irish Slang (free).

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Limit the damage

Android's DrunkBlocker (free) makes your night reasonably painless. Choose all of the people whom you really shouldn't be speaking to while intoxicated. If you try to dial the banned numbers during the set time, DrunkBlocker makes you pass a fairly difficult test in order to complete the call. Voilà - you'll never drunk-dial your ex, boss, or mum again. Monitors for blood alcohol content are available in nearly all app stores. Windows Mobile features the Alcograph ($1.99), BlackBerry owners can download Blood Alcohol Calculator ($12.99) or BAC Finder($2.99), Palm has the Advanced BAC Calculator ($1.49), and Android apps include the BAC Tracker ($1.00).

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The day after

For the hung over, your phone is your friend. iPhone users can download Hangover Cures (59p) to hunt for the elusive remedy, as well as Easy Excuses (free) or Simple Excuses (59p) to get out of whatever meeting you foolishly planned. If you have a tendency to take a taxi home and forget the exact location of your vehicle the next day, a car-finding app will make your life a lot easier. Try Car Finder (59p) for the iPhone, Car Locator ($3.99) for Android, Car Finder (free) for BlackBerry, or FindMYcar ($2.99) for Palm. And, of course, if you discover any incriminating or outrageous St Patrick's Day texts, turn to the Texts From Last Night (59p) app to record them on the net for posterity. Only 364 more days to go until early-morning drinking in a leprechaun outfit is considered socially acceptable again.

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