Lá fhéile Pádraig!
March 17, 2000 8:21 AM   Subscribe

Lá fhéile Pádraig!
That means, "Happy St. Patricks Day"!
posted by tomcosgrave (13 comments total)

"Every year thousands of pilgrims, many in bare feet, climb the 2,500 ft to the peak of Croagh Patrick, to pay homage to Saint Patrick's Christian mission in Ireland."

Every year thousands of celebrants, many with green beer, slosh around in bars and test the safety limits of inebriation, to pay homage to... um someone... some guy in a green suit? Maybe? I think he gives out gold to the drunkest one.

posted by ipsedixit at 10:39 AM on March 17, 2000

Go raibh mile maith agait, a Thomais.
posted by prolific at 10:55 AM on March 17, 2000

And THAT'S why California passed an initiative against Bi-Lingual Education...
posted by wendell at 11:44 AM on March 17, 2000

LOL Wendell :-)
Truth be told, I and most Irish folks can't speak much Irish - enough for a basic conversation, but that's about it.

And Dutch folks who speak it....well, I'd imagine Prol would be the only one :-)
posted by tomcosgrave at 11:47 AM on March 17, 2000

So, how does one say, "Cowards! Send your women out to fight us!" in Irish Gaelic? I might have a use for that one someday.P. S. With a name like "Brennan O'Keefe", I am morally obligated to wear green today.
posted by harmful at 1:10 PM on March 17, 2000

Well it's just Irish...we don't say the Gaelic bit when we name the language....

And I don't know how to say what you ask off hand :-)
posted by tomcosgrave at 3:08 PM on March 17, 2000

Cruel and Unusual PUNishment:
Erin Go Bra!
posted by wendell at 3:26 PM on March 17, 2000

Unexpectedly (due to the 2 hour tailback), I found myself in Boston for at least half of St Pat's, and marvelled at the cultural exchange that takes place: Irish Americans leaving for Dublin on the same Aer Lingus planes that deposit Dubliners in Boston. Third-gen, I may be, but whenever I'm immersed in Irish culture, there's a deep-down sense of coming home.

My Dubliner friends avoid the parades in town like the plague, saying (a little snobbishly, perhaps) that they've been taken over by an Oirish-abroad Lucky Charms mentality. But I can understand why they don't want to drink pints of Guinness laced with green food colouring...

posted by holgate at 7:22 PM on March 17, 2000

Hell, I don't want to drink Guinness unless it's in Dublin - it's not the same anywhere else.

I love Boston.
I almost had a job to go to there late last year, with a company I did intern work for as a student, but it didn't work out.
posted by tomcosgrave at 8:06 PM on March 17, 2000

I'll second that, since I have to make do with the Guinness travesty that comes out of London.

Boston went from a cloudless 73F on Thursday, to a blizzard-stricken 25F on Friday morning. The Irish must have packed the weather with them.
posted by holgate at 9:19 PM on March 17, 2000

My local Irish pub flies Guinness in from Ireland. They also hired the bar staff from Ireland.

They know how to build a pint, and a shepard's pie.
posted by Mick at 9:39 PM on March 17, 2000

The quality of Guinness - which famously doesn't travel well - has definitely risen, at least here in Holland. With more and more people actually having tasted the stuff in its city of birth, perhaps customers became a little more demanding. But: the best pints, I think, are usually found outside of Dublin - where people are a little less hasty. It's all in the pouring. That said, those nifty pressurized Guinness cans ain't half bad...
May the roof over your heads never fall in, and may those gathered below never fall out.
posted by prolific at 1:10 AM on March 18, 2000

Topical Convergence: While cable-surfing, I caught a feature on Food Network's "Extreme Cuisine" about an ice cream shop called "Amy's" which formulated a Guinness Ice Cream. Where is this "Amy's"? Austin, Texas. Any SXSWers get a chance to try it? Or did I miss it in some of the dozens of pics they posted?
posted by wendell at 11:34 PM on March 18, 2000

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