Beannachtaí Lá Fhéile Phádraig daoibh go léir

St Patrick’s Day is of course a great Irish festival, and increasingly in Ireland it has come to be associated with colourful parades and fireworks. But in reality we are latecomers to the party, which really had its origins in New York and which is still in some ways a typically American celebration. The first St Patrick’s parade anywhere was held in New York in 1762, and over the years it is the American spirit of these events that has come to define the day everywhere, including Ireland.

And while we have yet to turn the Liffey green for the day, the day has become much more of a festival in Ireland, and more of an expression of national pride and confidence.

A very happy St Patrick;s Day to you all!

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10 Comments on “Beannachtaí Lá Fhéile Phádraig daoibh go léir”

  1. Aoife Citizen Says:

    Here is my favourite St Patrick’s day factoid, one replete with the many ambiguities of our heritage.

    The island of Montserrat celebrates St Patrick’s Day, it is a public holiday. In the C17 Montserrat was settled by Irish plantation owners who left nearby St Kitts due to sectarian disputes. They exploited a considerable numbers of slaves and in 1768 there was a slave rebellion, the rebels chose St Patrick’s Day in the hope that the celebrations would leave their so called owners unprepared, the rebellion failed and was cruelly put down.

    These days the people of Montserrat are good enough to say that their St Patrick’s Day celebrates both their Irish and African heritage.

    http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/slavery/montserrat.htm

  2. kevin denny Says:

    Here in Lexington, KY we celebrated on Saturday with a parade & festival, both conveniently outside my door. Our local Co-Op has an Irish buffet tomorrow including coddle, no less. Some people refer to it here as “St Pattys Day” quaintly enough.

    • Wendymr Says:

      ‘St Patty’s Day’ appears to be used across the US and Canada, as far as I can tell from online and real-life sources. I have to say that it drives me crazy…

  3. Mark Dowling Says:

    agus leat féin!

    As for St. Patty’s Day, I refuse to countenance this day in terms of Homer Simpson’s sister-in-law.

    • kevin denny Says:

      Remember “Wacking Day” in Springfield, when the snakes are beaten, was originally an excuse to beat the Irish.
      & yes Pattys Day drives me crazy too.

  4. Vincent Says:

    At least nowadays we are not expected to watch thirty eighteen wheelers acting as billboards, while we freeze from the ground up.
    And a happy Saints Day to you and yours, also.

  5. marymulv Says:

    Lá Fhéile Pádraig!

    And, as we celebrate Irish writers and artists, it’d be nice to highlight some of the achievements of our inventors and scientists as well . . .

    . . . Which include helping to put a man on the Moon (no, really), and even inventing ‘shamrock’ — a plant that does not exist (botanically), though if you want to sell it, you can get a licence from the Dept of Ag for Trifolium dubium aka ‘lesser yellow clover’!

    http://marymulvihill.net/2010/03/16/st-patricks-day-ireland-big-ideas/

    • kevin denny Says:

      Mary, yes indeed: perhaps if we celebrated this part of our heritage more we might get young people more interested in science & technology.

  6. belfield Says:

    Celebrate; they are past masters of…. science & technology only when the moon fails and the Liffey runs green again; they’re all economists now. 🙂

    Lá shona Fhéile Pádraig daoibh uilig.


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