In case you want to go a little deeper than green beer & Lucky Charms.
Not that I’m opposed to green beer & Lucky Charms!
Many years ago I married into an Irish family. They were in St. Louis, where it seemed to me your national heritage always carried much more importance than where I grew up.
My then father-in-law talked about the pride in being Irish, maybe because his parents had to downplay it to get along in America. But he studied and passed along his love of all things Ireland, the people, the history, the culture, etc. To that point he had never traveled there, I hope by now he has.
Anyway, here’s a few things that I picked up and enjoyed along the way.
THE QUIET MAN
John Wayne plays “…a quiet, peace-loving man, come home to Ireland to forget his troubles.” From all I’ve read, without going yourself there’s no better way to get a sense of the people, and the beauty of Ireland. Plus, Maureen O’Hara.
GOING MY WAY
While it’s not an actual Christmas movie, this is also my favorite Christmas movie of all time too. Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald (who stole the movie from much bigger stars in The Quiet Man) along with the director Leo McCarey all won Oscars for this one, that also won the Best Picture Oscar. When Bing sings “Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral” to Barry, you’ll want to be Irish too.
IRISH HEARTBEAT – VAN MORRISON & THE CHIEFTANS
I have no idea how I ended up with this CD in my collection, but I discovered it one day many years ago. I play it from time to time throughout the year and always enjoy it.
I liked it so much, I tried to drink all of it.
So there are a few of my favorite Irish things. Americanized to be sure, but hopefully with some authentic flavor. So happy St. Patrick’s Day, and I leave you with my favorite Irish toast…
May those that love us, love us.
And for those that don’t love us may God turn their hearts.
And if he doesn’t turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles
So we’ll know them by their limping!