May your blessings outnumber
The Shamrocks that grow.
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
- My fondest St. Patty’s Day memories are my father’s half-serious attempts to convince us that he emigrated directly from the Emerald Isle as a wee lad. He had The Gift of the Blarney he did. Unfortunately we kiddies eventually grew wise as we grew older. Dad could never keep his facts straight, and at various retellings his age during his harrowing crossing of the briny deep was 8,12,10, 6 or 4. His emigration tale became a running joke at the dinner table whenever he trotted it out. “What age were you again?”, was the challenge we would toss his way. But it never seemed to douse Dad’s enthusiasm for the story.
- The fact that he never stepped foot onto the campus of the University of Notre Dame never stops a good Irishman from rooting for the Fighting Irish football team!
May you live to be a hundred years, with one extra year to repent.
- Irish soda bread is best eaten several days after baking, and only if left sitting on the kitchen counter protected by nothing more than a draped cloth towel. (I really miss those, Mom!)
- It’s hard to imagine a better combination than St. Patty’s Day falling on the opening round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
If you’re enough lucky to be Irish…
You’re lucky enough!
I have never been to a St. Patty’s Day parade.
- I hate boiled cabbage! I possess no love for corned beef.
- One of the best books I’ve ever read was Leon Uris’ Trinity, the story of Ireland’s tragic struggle for independence from Britain and the Protestant-Catholic wars.
As you slide down the banisters of life
may the splinters never point the wrong way.
- For years I questioned my Irish ancestry, in part because our surname sounded so unlike the O’Briens/Murphys/O’Neils that were considered of typical Irish heritage. Until one Saturday afternoon watching The Wide World of Sports, we witnessed the Irish amateur boxing team competing against the U.S. squad. There was an Irish boxer who shared our last name. He was promptly pummeled by his American counterpart. Later a friend visiting The Ould Sod on vacation brought back a picture of an appliance store in Dublin that also shared our last name.
- I’d rather eat a green salad than drink a green beer.
- Tonight, I will search my cable and On Demand offerings in an attempt to watch John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in The Quiet Man, by far the best Irish movie ever made. Irish countryside, romance, and a lengthy bare-knuckle fight that any Wayne fan would love! And Maureen O’Hara isn’t too hard on the eyes either!
May the lilt of Irish laughter
lighten every load.
May the mist of Irish magic
shorten every road…
And may all your friends remember
all the favours you are owed!