Both of my grandmothers were Irish. Nell Leonard, my father’s mother, Her family was from Galway I think. Mary Cahill, my mother’s mother, Her family was from Kerry I believe. There were both third generation Irish-Americans and but I don’t know much of their family history.
I will be spending St. Patrick’s day at the Seniors Center. I have been told there will be a step dancing exhibition.
I will also pick up some traditional Irish Soda bread, made by the local Polish bakery. Can’t get any more American then that. 🙂
I can’t think of anything original to post so I will copy some of what I wrote last your.
How do you plan to spend St. Paddy’s day?
Do you celebrate any holidays from your own ethnic background?
Besides Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas what is your favorite holiday?
1) Irish Toast:
“May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be always strong.
and may you be in Heaven
half an hour before the devil knows your dead”
2) Irish Joke:
On vacation in Europe, Bob noticed a marble column in a church in Rome with a golden telephone on it. As a young priest passed by, Bob asked who the telephone was for. The priest told him it was a direct line to Heaven, and if he’d like to call, it would be a thousand dollars. Bob was amazed, but declined the offer.
Throughout Europe Bob kept seeing the same golden telephone on a marble column. At each, he asked about it and the answer was always the same: a direct line to Heaven and he could call for a thousand dollars.
Bob finished his tour of Europe with a stop in Ireland . He decided to attend Mass at a local village church. When he walked in the door he noticed the golden telephone, but underneath it there was a sign stating: “DIRECT LINE TO HEAVEN — 25 CENTS”
“Father,” he said, “I have been all over Europe and in all the cathedrals I visited, I’ve seen telephones exactly like this one but the price is always a thousand dollars. Why is it that this one is only 25 cents?”
The priest smiled and said,
“Son, you’re in Ireland now. It’s a local call.”
3) Favorite Irish Music videos
A reel by the Chieftains performed in Dublin
Cherish The Ladies – The Back Door
Tommy Makem – Will You Go Lassie Go