Mar 7, 2008

Irish Pub Bans Danny Boy!

The Irish owner of a pub in Manhattan has banned the playing of Danny Boy for the entire month of March. He says, "It's overplayed, it's been ranked among the 25 most depressing songs of all time and it's more appropriate for a funeral than for a St. Patrick's Day celebration."

While it's true that it's not a traditional Irish song (at least not the lyrics, which were written by someone who never set foot in Ireland) I find the pub owner's remarks amusing. St. Patrick's Day does, after all, mark the day of the patron saint's death.

Irish songs are depressing? Who would have thought that?

I do agree that it's overplayed. I'm tired of it myself. Your thoughts??

Read more here.

Mar 6, 2008

'Tis March!

Of course, if you're Irish, you're Irish all year, but everyone's a little Irish as we near St. Patrick's Day.

I ran a contest on my newsletter. It's too late to enter, but maybe you'd like to try answering anyway. (If you'd like to sign up for my newsletter--the prize this month was a t-shirt--go here or here.)

Which of the following is false?

  1. St. Patrick was Irish.
  2. St. Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland.
  3. St. Patrick was the first bishop sent to Ireland.
  4. St. Patrick's vestments were green.
(The picture is the Shamrock Club of Columbus Pipe and Drums at the Lancaster Celtic Gathering, March 1, 2008)