Enjoyed the video. Things I did not know about Ireland. Many people love Ireland especially on St. Patricks Day. It is the old joke that anyone that is even slightly Irish really boasts about it on that day. I have heard that St Patricks Day is more of an American celebration Day than in Ireland but don't know for sure.
I loved Ireland and everything we saw there. Even though in my DNA I am 100% Irish I did not go there with the thought of "being Irish." The trip was a smashing success and I enjoy almost every minute. Except that is the rough morning I had after a family at the hotel asked us (the Americans) to join their wedding celebration in the bar. I will say if nothing else the Irish know how to name their pubs, The Whistling Pig and the Shebeen being two I remember most.
The getting fall down drunk is a primarally American part of the day. Remember it's a Saints Day thats always in Lent, so you have to be aomewhat divorced from the traditions of the church to carry on as some do.
Slight levity: years ago we hosted an annual party. There is a dangerous drink named Strip and Go Naked. We would make a tub full, dye it green then renamed the concoction Erin Go Braless! Anyone who wants a recipe give me a shout.
There is an excellent documentary about the origins of St. Patrick's Day on the History Channel. The Irish had it tough for many years, even in this country. Now it's all the rage to be Celtic - and not just on March 17th.
"There is More To Ireland That St Patricks Day." Yes Conor and the Holiday has been hijacked like most Holidays but at least it does bring attention to Irish culture/history which has been brought out in the last decade or so as mentioned. I've never been to Ireland unfortunately.
The video is a Canadian. I'm not sure if he is an Irish descendant or not but leads a nice Irish Shanty.
Damn Jim that was fun, thanks for posting. Gets the blood up in the morning.
There is a book The Irish in Boston that tells the story of how Irish immigrants were received in Boston and America in the early days of our country. One might be interested in how the anti-immigrant sentiments helped create and fuel the Know Nothing political party and how closely it parallels the T Party of today.
My own people on my Da's side were common laborers who migrated from the south along the coast to Tennessee then Missouri and finally settled in southern Iowa in the early 1900s where they did the day labor that is commonly associated with Mexican/Guatamalans today.
Me Ma's side came from the more prosperous Northern Ireland settling in Pennsyvania where they were farmers. great grandda homesteaded southern Iowa in 1868 and once again that side of the family became prosperous settling on cheap land, $2 and acre for 80 acres back then. We still own farmland today.
I could listen to him all day Jim, thank you for that. What great music and it looks like a great session that I love to get into. Great story Kevin, you people really got around and it is good that you still have the Land.. Slan agus Dia Bless.