Yes, it’s that time!

THE DAY OF THE GREEN … and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, what planet are you on?! 

Here’s a clue – think shamrocks, pints of Guinness (colored green, of course), rivers washing the edges of city shores, also in green (i.e. Chicago, if they went ahead and did it this year), music – anything from Trad (that means traditional for you neophytes) to U2 to Damien Rice to … the list goes on (Ireland does music really well – and in that comment I just gave you another clue), to the waxing of the poet (NO, they’re not all going for a leg wax!) – any number of poets, from the classic (Yeats, perhaps) to the new (Ireland does that really well too – it’s in the genes – and I am NOT talking about the pants).

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In case you haven’t guessed by now — it is — ST. PATRICK’S DAY!!!!!!!

So go on now, give yourself a treat. Turn on some Irish music, sip a glass of Guinness if you like, wear green (a bit or a lot), watch movies with Irish actors (there are a lot of those, the movies and the actors), and generally tip your whatever to the glory of the Irish … and all the joy, poetry, magic and yes, even melancholy they have brought to our world.

As you do, may I leave with you this wee Irish blessing (my version) — May the sun always shine upon your back. May you know joy and delight in all you are and do. And may good things happen and blessings abound for you and those you hold dear, now and always.

Happy St. Pat’s Day, everyone!

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Here’s a pic of Glendalough to keep you company.

It’s that time again!

shamrocks for st patrick's dayAlright, all you bits of starlight out there – it’s that time again!

SO, get out there, kiss a leprechaun if you can find one (they’re a wily group, wonderfully mischievous and gorgeous fun, so watch out!!), wear all things green (or at least one), and if you must, go do ‘the green beer’ thing too (not my favorite way of marking the day but…). We do not recommend colouring whatever river happens to be nearby, but since Chicago has gone and done it, well what the…!

Quote Yeats, Beckett, a bit of Myles na Gopaleen if you can (look that one up), wax poetic about the slow air, and generally give a thumbs up and a GOOD GOD, YOU’RE WONDERFUL to the day.

That would ST. PATRICK’S DAY, in case you missed the clues.

And to all my dear and beautiful friends in The Green – Love ya bunches – Wish I was there!!

 

HAPPY ST. PAT’S DAY, EVERYONE!

 

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Happy St Patrick’s Day

shamrocks for st patrick's dayAlright you lovers of Green, it’s that day again. So go on now, grab that Guinness, put shamrocks in your hair, wear green anywhere you can think of (hah), quote Irish poets who come to mind (there are a lot of them), watch your favorite Irish actors in your favorite Irish movies, do something kind for someone and don’t tell anyone (that’s an old Irish tradition), and wish the best of the best for everyone you meet.

And of course, give a topping of the hat (I’m assuming you’ll be wearing one) to the wee ones and their clans (of which there are many), should you be blessed enough to meet them.

It’s a special day but it’s also meant to be fun (also known as a bit of craic), so go have some!

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

 “The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” …W.B.Yeats

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It’s St. Patrick’s Day – so go on now, celebrate The Green, raise a glass to the isle, toast the impossibly possible, dance with good friends, delight in great moments, and whatever you do, don’t forget the magic – because the magic is so much of what makes The Green, and life itself, truly special.

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY EVERYONE!

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