Erin Go Bragh

March 17, 2016

I love the Gaelic Language.  I think the Irish are onto something with that one.  I will never pronounce a word correctly, but I do like it a lot.  I will never attempt to even hazard a real attempt at learning it, but I love it all the same.  Or maybe I will someday.  I do like a challenge.

Today is Saint Patrick’s Day, where we honor his various achievements and recognize Irish Heritage.  True there might never have been snakes for him to banish from Ireland in the first place, but it still is a great story.  I like the other stuff better anyways.  Particularly about his walking stick became a living tree.  That always seemed like a more powerful story to me.

I like Saint Patrick’s Day.  It feels more like an honest holiday.  You celebrate Irish Heritage.  It hasn’t been completely overrun by commercialism.  True there is a lot of drinking going on–I’m working on a can of Guinness as I write this–but it is still with the core principle of recognizing the Irish Culture.  All the “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” shirts might get annoying, but still.  I do like some good Corned Beef and Cabbage though.

I always was fascinated by Irish history–particularly in the last one hundred years or so.  The whole process of establishing their independence came dangerously close to tearing the place apart before they could really get to work on being their own country–and now the Irish culture might be one of the most influential on the planet.  James Joyce once said that Ireland is “the Old Sow that eats its farrow.”  Yeah, the Irish are a happy people, comparing themselves to pigs eating their young.  However, it has been a hundred years and the country is still there and doing well.  We could all learn something from that.

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