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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Top of the morning to you! A truly Irish-American holiday, St. Paddy’s Day was celebrated in Ireland with little more than a normal Catholic mass, until the Irish-American tourists started flocking to their ancestral home in the 1990’s. Finding no corned beef and cabbage, no green beer, and no “Kiss Me, I’m Irish buttons”, trips provided cultural disappointment.

Until the Irish understood how to make money with the Celtic Tiger. Then Eire’s economy exploded.

Now Ireland, with its ancient castles, sacred churches,rolling emerald hills and beautiful scenery is one of the most successful countries in the world. St. Patrick would be proud.

Want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your family? Here’s some ideas:

Learn the important Irish Gaelic phrases of the day:

PHRASE: Slainte
PRONOUNCED: slawn-che
MEANING: Good Health!

PHRASE: Eireann go braugh (bráth)
PRONOUNCED: air-in go braw
MEANING: Ireland forever!

PHRASE: Beannachtai na Feile Padraig
PRONOUNCED: bann/ockt/tee nih fail/eh pawd/rig
MEANING: Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

My favorite Irish films:

  • The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Maureen O’Sullivan shows the stubborness of the Irish people and the love that is deep in their soul for Irish traditions.
  • Dancing at Lughnasa with Meryl Streep, set in bucolic Ireland in 1936. It is a touching, bittersweet film explaining the Irish’s ease of combining Catholicism with their pagan heritage and why so many had to leave Ireland to survive. This movie was filmed in my grandfather’s birthplace, Glenties, Co. Donegal with the cast and crew staying at my cousin’s beautiful Highlands Hotel. It always brings tears to my eyes to understand what the Irish went through post-potato famine.

Films for children that celebrate Ireland mythology and fey folk, the leprechauns:

St. Patrick Day Links:

Irish Recipes – Some say that the United Kingdom has a terrible reputation for food. That the poor people boil everything. Well, then they must not have had good cooks for mothers. Same as America, some families can cook, others canna. Irish cuisine specialties varies in the different counties and can be five-star delicious.

Eire – multiple links. Good information, easily searched.

Great Irish website that you can find anything your heart needs to know about Éire including a Free monthly Ireland newsletter which brings you the latest news, Irish stories, Gaelic lessons, history, clan names, and Irish sweepstakes.

What do leprechauns eat? Why Lucky Charms of course, they’re magically delicious! This is a Leprechaun Trap which isn’t so lucky for a leprechaun. Photo courtesy of S. Beckham.

Primary school teachers St. Patrick’s Day worksheets and printables.

Another good teachers’ website on Ireland classroom activities.

Previous St. Patrick’s Day posts.


Written by smalltalkwitht

March 17, 2009 at 7:40 am

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