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52 great phone apps for St Patrick's day

iPhone, Android & BlackBerry apps to help you celebrate

Use these Google Android, BlackBerry, Apple iPhone, Windows Mobile and Palm apps to locate the nearest pub, play drinking games, cure a hangover, or find a whole host of merrymaking activities. Trust us, it's what St Patrick would have wanted.

St Patrick's day: limiting the damage

As all days do, St Patrick's Day, too, must come to an end. Among the useless clutter, developers have come up with some genuinely valuable applications to make your night's conclusion reasonably painless.

Android's DrunkBlocker (free) easily takes the prize in this category. Set the time when you will begin drinking and an end time that approximates when you'll be more or less in control of your phone again. Then, 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 allotted 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.

Though they have varying degrees of accuracy and shouldn't be used as an exclusive measure of sobriety, 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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St Patrick's day: the morning after the night before

March 18 already? 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 (and well done for not driving), 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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