Well, are you?
If there is one day in the calendar year to "feel lucky" this is the one.
St. Patrick's Day, 2010 offers "luck of the Irish" in a worldwide cultural holiday and for all you know this could be the day your luck turns.
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. Did you know, for example, that Ireland:
- Has produced 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.
There is more!!! (written in hyper-excited, "Sham-Wow" infomercial voice)
Ireland has also been kind enough to share:
- Guinness Beer
- Irish Pubs
- Irish Whiskey
- Irish Stew
- Irish Coffee
- Green Beer
- Tweed caps
- The Boston Celtics
- Ken Shamrock
- A seemingly endless road that takes you to Tipperary
- The Blarney Stone in County Cork
And that's not all!!! (insert hyper-excited "Slap Chop", infomercial voice here)
There is also:
- Famous Irish actors including, Maureen O'Hara, Peter O'Toole, Liam Neeson, Richard Harris, Greer Garson, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Farrell.
- Irish musicians such as, The Clancy Brothers, The Corrs, Van Morrison, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Thin Lizzy, Sir Bob Geldof, The Chieftains and four lads from Dublin, Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr., otherwise known as U2.
- Irish brainiacs like Robert Boyle (1627-1691) who we learned in physics class, developed "Boyle's Law", stating that under conditions of constant temperature the pressure and volume of a gas are inversely proportional.
And let's not forget ...
- Those charming little Leprechauns and their breakfast cereal of choice ...
"They're always after me Lucky Charms".
If you need any help today in feeling the luck of the Irish as you search for your pot of gold ...
Later today, you might strike up a chat in a pub somewhere, so for pure 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!!! (re-insert, annoying infomercial voice here)
Familiar with Irish language and culture, Patrick incorporates traditional rituals into his lessons of Christianity. Rather than extinguish native Irish beliefs, Patrick superimposed the 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, Patrick sold the Irish on how special they were.
March 17, is believed to be the day he ventured to the Pearly Gates and this date 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 - looking to "get lucky" - this one's for you.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
TRADITIONAL IRISH BLESSING
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