Saint Paddy’s Day

     This one is from last year, and I still get a chuckle out of it, thinking about the inspiration for it. For five years, when I worked in South Boston, (U.S. Postal Zip Code 02127) Mass. I was privileged to experience St. Patrick’s Day at its best. On the day of the St. Patrick’s Day parade everyone in “Southie” is Irish regardless of your heritage.. If you are fortunate enough to be there today, ‘Cead Mile Failte’ .. A thousand welcomes..            

But now, here’s a bit of a Bonus


      Now, Irish you’ll be

      til the hours are wee

      and you’ll speak with a brogue

      just wait and see.

     For you cannot resist

     the charm and the beer.

     And you’ll be Irish again,

     this same time next year!



The Three Leaves of the Shamrock Faith, Hope, and Charity. Google search result

The Three Leaves of the Shamrock
Faith, Hope, and Charity.
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Saint Paddy’s Day

 As sure as Saint Patrick

did drive out the snakes,

an Irishman raises

a glass and partakes,

of a drink to his name

and is likely to pray,

whilst wearin’ the green

on Saint Paddy’s Day.


Oh, for sure they’ll all come

the O’Briens and Sheas

McCormicks, Delaneys,

and Casey and Hayes.

The O’Tooles and O’Rourkes

will come out no doubt,

and all in fine voice

once whetted, with stout.


While the Donnellys and Conleys

Byrons and Dalys,

will all get their tune-ups

with shots of the Bailey’s.

But, ’tis not just the Irish

who’ll be wearin’ the green,

if you give a close look

you’ll see what I mean.


There are Guidos and Pablos

and a few we’ll call “ski”

a Sven and a Yuri,

wearin’ green now, you see.

There are Grecians and Romans

and even some from Cathay,

but, all of them Irish

on Saint Paddy’s Day.


Just imagine the brogues

you’ll be likely to hear,

from Rubinowitz or Rahjib

when full of green beer!

But one thing’s for certain

once they’ve gone their own way,

they’ll be Irish once more,

come Saint Paddy’s Day.


Jack Downing

Feb. 2013

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Hearth and Health are wonderful things and if you're without either such sorrow that brings So I cannot express enough thanks to my Lord and to my family and friends for the support you afford! ~Jack Downing~
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