Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh (Happy St. Patrick’s Day)! 

I hope your are having as much fun this day as the Irish in the St. Patrick’s parade in Dublin, Ireland:

St. Patrick’s Day toast:

Here’s to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one
A pretty girl and an honest one
A cold beer – and another one!

My favorite Traditional Irish Group is the Chieftains.  The performance includes some step-dancing by my favorite collen Jean Butler, even if she was born in Mineola, Long Island.

Perhaps the greatest Irish tenor was John McCormick, born in Athlone, Ireland, 14 June 1884 – 16 September 1945.  Here he sings the popular Irish song “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”, written in 1912 by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff, Jr.

One of the great “modern” Irish groups is Altan, founded by Frankie Kennedy and Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh.

Here they perform the John Doherty’s reels:

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

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