Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I know most of the parades happened on Sunday but today is officially St.Patrick’s Day. I have a little of the Irish blood coursing through me veins and I love it! What other day of the year can you drink green beer?
Ireland remains a deeply religious country, with the two main denominations being “us” and “them”. In the unlikely event you are asked which group you belong to, the correct answer is: “I’m an atheist, thank God”.
“Danny Boy” can make me cry because it is sung at every family funeral that I’ve ever attended.
Did you know that 10% of the population of Canada is of Irish Descent. That’s 3.3 million people who will be wearing something green today!
Here is my Irish story:
My grandmother on my mothers side was Margaret Corry. There were six Margarets in her class one year and so from that day forward she was called “Corry” instead.
Some years ago, her brother, Art Corry, went to Ireland to try to trace our heritage. He was able to follow our lineage quite far (please don’t ask for details because I can’t find the paper work right now), and discovered The Corry Castle. Cool! We have a castle in Ireland! Well, we don’t anymore actually. It seems that my great great great something or other liked to gamble but wasn’t very good apparently because he wagered the castle…and lost. The people who lived in the Corry castle were very nice though and let my great uncle come in and have a look around. They knew the story of the card game. I’ve heard that the castle has been torn down now. I would have liked to have visited it myself one day. Visiting Ireland is definitely on my “bucket list”.
And so here’s an Irish toast to ye:
May the leprechauns be near you,
To spread luck along your way.
And may all the Irish angels,
Smile upon you on St Patrick’s Day.