Be Irish.

Barack O’Bama has Irish heritage, and so should we all.  At least for today.
It’s a great day to listen to Sinead O’Connor or U2, and recite some WB Yeats in your best Irish brogue.  Try “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” to get started:

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,

And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;

Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee,

    And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

    And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,

    Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;

    There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,

        And evening full of the linnet’s wings.


            I will arise and go now, for always night and day

            I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;

            While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray,

                I hear it in the deep heart’s core.


Other recommended Irish poets include James Joyce and Seamus Heaney; and another good option, of course, is actually the prayer of Saint Patrick. 

 And my top Saint Patrick’s Day (read: having to do with Ireland) movies:

  • The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara
  • Boondock Saints
  • Darby O’Gill and the Little People, which features the best thing to ever come out of Ireland: the young Sir Sean Connery. 

                           Beware of banshees

I just checked and Sean Connery is actually Scottish.  I always confuse the two, which is probably terribly offensive.  Try not to do that, especially today. 


2 thoughts on “Be Irish.

  1. In the words of acclaimed author T.E. Kalem: “The English language brings out the best in the Irish. They court it like a beautiful woman. They make it bray with donkey laughter. They hurl it at the sky like a paint pot full of rainbows, and then make it chant a dirge for man’s fate.”

  2. if I could do the thumbs up sign like you can on facebook which means “i like this post”, i would. irish writers are fantastic. hope you had a good st. patrick’s day!

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