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Happy Saint Paddy’s Day!!

Happy Saint Paddy’s Day!!

 On this day when everyone is Irish, I think it’s good to remember how many of us got here, what it took, the tragedies overcome and the triumphs at the end of the road. Kathryn Miles has written what sounds like a moving, important book. I caught part of her interview today on NPR: Brief article with excerpt from the book, here    

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

  Easter 1916 W. B. Yeats, 1865 – 1939 I have met them at close of day Coming with vivid faces From counter or desk among grey Eighteenth-century houses. I have passed with a nod of the head Or polite meaningless words, Or have lingered awhile and said Polite meaningless words, And thought before I had done Of a mocking tale or a gibe To please a companion Around the fire at the club, Being certain that they and I…

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Tabhair póg dom, is Éireannach mé

Tabhair póg dom, is Éireannach mé

It’s that day again. Another year, another Guinness or two or three. I wonder sometimes what old Saint Patty would make of his holiday being used for fun and frivolity, and more than a little bit of liquid spirits. Did he drink in his monastery, or out and about in his walks across Ireland? Possibly so. He may have needed more than a little help, chasing away all of those snakes and demons. And it may have helped him explain…

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