Category Archives: St. Patrick’s Day

More Irish Blessings on St. Patrick’s Day

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May your neighbors respect you,
Trouble neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And heaven accept you.
 
May you die in bed at ninety-five years, shot by a jealous husband (or wife).
 
When we drink, we get drunk.
When we get drunk, we fall asleep.
When we fall asleep, we commit no sin.
When we commit no sin, we go to heaven.
So, let’s all get drunk, and go to heaven!
 
Irish toast:
Here’s to our wives and girlfriends:
May they never meet!
 
“Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat.”  Alex Levine
 
There are many good reasons for drinking,
One has just entered my head-
If a man doesn’t drink when he’s living,
How the hell can he drink when he’s dead?
 
This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever.
Sigmund Freud (about the Irish)
 
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!
 
May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless youl
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.

 

Not to rain on anyone’s St. Patrick Day parade but take a moment to remember the million Irish who died of starvation and related diseases and the two million who immigrated from Ireland during the Great Potato Famine. It wasn’t all shamrocks, rainbows, pints of ale, and pots of gold.

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the Famine Memorial in Dublin

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How are things in Glouca Mora? Finian’s Rainbow

So my other Irish film isn’t really Irish either. Hmm! Finian’s Rainbow was Fred Astaire’s last full-length musical and while it’s a bit long, it has some charming moments, great music, and shamrock musical notes 2interesting characters.

 

 

 

 

 

Don Francks plays the love interest wonderfully, and Tommy Steele, is a goofy, dancing, singing, crazy-in-love, full-sized leprechaun. Petula Clarke, a British pop singer in the 60’s, has an amazing voice and gives a truly charming performance as Finian’s daughter, Sharon.

The story is an odd mixture of romance, racism, humor, and whimsy. And the director? A very young and inexperienced Frances Ford Coppola. It’s not the best musical ever made or the best film Coppola ever made, but certainly the music is wonderful and the film is fun, entertaining and a good pick for St. Patrick’s Day. How are things in Glouca Mora? 1968, rated G, 141 minutes.

Film pick for St. Patty’s Day: Far and Away

Okay, so it’s not really an Irish film and it doesn’t use Irish actors in the leads, and it didn’t win an Oscar; or even receive a nomination. People seem to either love it or hate it and it doesn’t have a particularly high rating. Ignore all of that, the film is still fun and entertaining and at least some of it was filmed in Ireland, which should count for something.

It’s a romance-adventure that begins in Ireland and then immigrates to Boston and the Old West. It has humor, romance, great cinematography, and an exciting, unusual action sequence involving 800 extras, 400 horses, and 200 wagons. And it looks like a pretty authentic and lively portrayal of the 1893 Great Land Run in the Oklahoma Territory. (shown below)

land run of 1893Nichole Kidman and Tom Cruise play the leads and while some thought the pair had no chemistry together, others thought they sizzled, perhaps because Nichole and Tom actually had an off-camera romance going at the time. The film was directed by Ron Howard, who not coincidentally, had three great-grandparents ride in the Great Land Run. The film is fun, entertaining and if not authentically Irish, has a nice Irish flavor and lovely Irish scenery.

1992, rated PG-13, 140 minutes.

More wit and witticisms from the Irish

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There are two kinds of people in the world.
The Irish and those who would like to be Irish.
 
An Irishmen is never drunk as long as he
can hold on to one blade of grass
and not fall off the face of the earth.
 
An Irish Blessing:
May the roof of your house
never fall in
and those beneath it
never fall out
 
There comes a time when you
must take the bull by the tail
and face the situation squarely.
 
An Irish Blessing:
I complained that I had no shoes,
until I met a man who had no feet.
 
An Irish Blessing:
May you be in Heaven an hour
before the devil knows you’re dead.
 
May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been
the foresight to know where you’re going
and the insight to know when you’re going too far.
 
May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun.
And find your shoulder to light on.
To bring you luck, happiness and riches.
Today, tomorrow and beyond.

 

Irish Blessings for St. Patrick’s Day

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Leave the table hungry.
Leave the bed sleepy.
Leave the tavern thirsty.
 
An Irish Blessing:
May you live as long as you want,
and never want as long as you live.
 
An Irish Blessing:
‘Tis better to buy a small bouquet,
and give to your friend this very day,
than a bushel of roses white and red,
to lay on his coffin after he’s dead.
 
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Grandchildren are gifts of God.
It is God’s Way…
of compensating us for growing old.
 
Murphy’s Law:
Nothing is as easy as it looks.
Everything takes longer than you expect.
And if anything can go wrong
it will at the worst possible moment.
 
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Do not resent growing old.
Many are denied…
the privilege.
 
An Irish Blessing:
As you slide down the Bannister of Life,
may the Splinters never point the wrong way.