Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Feeling Lucky

If there is ever a day on the calendar to feel "lucky" this is the one.

St. Patrick's Day offers "luck of the Irish" worldwide and today just might be the day your luck will turn as a result.

Today on TSB, we focus on ATI (All Things Irish). Here is just a smattering of what makes Ireland and the Irish worth talking about.

- More storytellers per capita than anywhere on planet earth. Inspired by a procession of literary giants including, Jonathan Swift, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats, Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw and countless others.
- Guinness Beer
- Irish Pubs
- Irish Whiskey
- Irish Stew
- Irish Coffee
- Green Beer
- The Boston Celtics
- Famous Irish actors include, Maureen O'Hara, Peter O'Toole, Liam Neeson, Richard Harris, Greer Garson, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Farrell.
- Irish musicians of note include, The Clancy Brothers, The Corrs, Van Morrison, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Thin Lizzy, Sir Bob Geldof, The Chieftains and biggest of them all - the lads from Dublin, Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr., otherwise known as U2.
- Robert Boyle (1627-1691) Formulated law of physics that bears his name "Boyle's Law", stating that under conditions of constant temperature the pressure and volume of a gas are inversely proportional.
- Ken Shamrock
- Tipperary
- The Blarney Stone in County Cork

And let's not forget ...

- Leprechauns and their cereal of choice ..."They're always after me Lucky Charms".

If you need help in feeling the luck of the Irish ...

Later today, you might striking up a chat in a pub somewhere, so for conversational fodder it might help to know St. Patrick was born in Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century. At 16, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family's estate. They transported him to Ireland where he toiled as a slave. After more than six years in captivity, Patrick escaped back to Britain, but experienced a revelation. An angel in a dream tells him to return to Ireland as a missionary.

But wait ...there is more!

Familiar with Irish language and culture, Patrick incorporates traditional rituals into his lessons of Christianity rather than try and extinguish native Irish beliefs. He superimposed a sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the Christian cross to create what is now called a Celtic cross, so that the symbol would seem more natural to the Irish. In other words, he sold them on how special they were.

March 17, is believed to be his death date and has been celebrated since the early part of the 17th century. The St. Patrick's Day parade was first held in Boston in 1761, while the longest continually running parade in North America has been taking place since 1824, in Montreal, Quebec.

Wild Rovers the world over ... this is for you, courtesy of the DropKick Murphys'.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

A Wish for a Friend
Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!


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