Mar 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Ah, 'tis the day, lads and lasses! I'm home on my computer and other than running to the grocery this morning to pick up more beef for my Irish stew, I'll be at home. I'm not much of a party animal and in this country St. Patrick's Day is mostly about hanging out at a bar. That's not completely fair. There are plenty of communities putting on parades and offering lots of good live Irish music. But it is a weekday, and we're working, so....

I don't feel too bad though. We went to a parade last Saturday and we do the festival thing and go to some Celtic music concerts. But I am wearing green today. Are you?

I've had this blog long enough to accumulate a lot of articles on St. Patrick. These are only a few. Search the archives if you want to find more.

Why We Need St. Patrick
Instructions From St. Patrick
Celtic Voices
Happy St. Patrick's Day
Did St. Patrick Really Use the Shamrock to Prove a Point?

And speaking of wearing green... (listen to the song here.) Wearing a shamrock was a sign of Irish loyalty during a time when the Irish were struggling for freedom from the British.

O Paddy dear, and did ye hear the news that's goin' round?
The shamrock is by law forbid to grow on Irish ground!
No more Saint Patrick's Day we'll keep, his color can't be seen
For there's a cruel law ag'in the Wearin' o' the Green."
I met with Napper Tandy, and he took me by the hand
And he said, "How's poor old Ireland, and how does she stand?"

"She's the most distressful country that ever yet was seen
For they're hanging men and women there for the Wearin' o' the Green."
"So if the color we must wear be England's cruel red
Let it remind us of the blood that Irishmen have shed
And pull the shamrock from your hat, and throw it on the sod
But never fear, 'twill take root there, though underfoot 'tis trod.
When laws can stop the blades of grass from growin' as they grow
And when the leaves in summer-time their color dare not show
Then I will change the color too I wear in my caubeen
But till that day, please God, I'll stick to the Wearin' o' the Green.

Have a great day and send me some pictures of your celebration. I might use them on the blog! :)


  1. I'm not wearing green today, but I'll surely have a Guinness.
    No picture of a celebration, but my new drawing of Saint Patrick :


  2. Éirinn go Brách! I'll be wearing green, and am watching the RTE live coverage of the Dublin St Patrick's Day parade even as I type!

  3. Will be wearing green but not much else! We did have a first annual St. Paddy's parade here in Normal last week!

    Blessings, Cindy!