…Irish on St. Paddy’s Day!
My family’s mostly German and English, but there’s enough Irish in there to be ashamed of brag about!
St. Patrick’s Day originated as a Catholic holiday, and offically became a feast day in the 17th Century. Now, it’s a party day. One of the three High Holy Days of partying in the state of Georgia. There’s Christmas, The Florida Georgia Game, and St. Patrick’s Day. Nothing else much matters.
It’s supposed to celebrate the Irish heritage of folks around the world.
The Irish worldwide have had a tough time of it. They can’t hold a candle to the Jews, but they were perscuted nonetheless.
In the Northeast; Boston, places like that, there were signs that said, “Black Irish Need Not Apply.” Kinda funny now, I mean really what’s Boston without the Irish?
And Savannah, GA, one of the biggest Irish enclaves in Colonial America, holds the biggest St. Paddy’s Day party in the South.
So, who are the Irish?
Well, they are people who can trace their roots to the nation of Ireland – well duh!
And here are a few famous ones.
Oscar Wilde, poet, playwright, and libertine. The Kennedy’s, all of them. Tip O’Neill, Speaker of the House – for what seemed forever. All the Disneys. Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford, and John Houston – movie directors. Henry Ford. Diamond Jim Brady. Gene Kelly, Grace Kelly, Mark E. Kelly, Scott J. Kelly, oh heck, any Kelly! Paul Gavin, the invetor of the car radio…where would we be without him? Kate Chopin and Mary Higgins Clark, writers. Tom Clancy! F. Scott Fitzgerald. Pat Conroy – Beach Music, Prince of Tides, and such. Peggy Noonan, Conan O’Brien, Sean Hannity, Ed Sullivan, 22 of the US Presidents, Whitey Ford, John Elway, Billy the Kid, The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Geoge Clooney, Courtney Cox, Matt Dillon, Chris Farley, anyone with Mc or O’ at the beginning of their name, and Donnie Wahlberg, and yes, even Charlie Sheen. His paternal grandmother and his mother are both of Irish descent!
So, you’re in “good” company, party on Wayne, and have a happy St. Paddy’s Day! OK, so Mike’s not Irish, but for today, we’ll let him in!