My Dad was born and raised in County Waterford, Ireland. Growing up, St. Patrick’s Day was mostly a family affair that included having a piece of hot Irish Soda Bread with a cup of tea and then the obligatory corned beef and cabbage.
A few of My Irish Fun Facts
St. Declan was, in fact, the first Catholic to land in Ireland.
Guinness tastes much better in Ireland.
I despise Riverdancing, Celtic Ladies and the Irish Tenors. Growing up, I listened to The Dubliners, The Clancy Brothers and The Chieftains. I’m more of an Irish Jig fan.
Corned beef and cabbage will not be consumed in this household. Yuck. We will be having lamb stew. They do not even eat corned beef in Ireland. The eating of corned beef started when Irish immigrants came to America and substituted the cheapest meat for the cut of meat they use for bacon. Ham steak is closer, but if I remember correctly, the Irish settled in Jewish neighborhoods in cities on the East Coast. Ham would have been unavailable.
The Potato. Growing up, we had potatoes every night. I rarely make them now.
Green Beer? Why? Really. Why?
Shamrock Shakes? Ok, I admit I have one once every few years to remind myself why I don’t like them. Those shakes taste like mouthwash to me.
I prefer The Matchmaker over The Quiet Man, but will probably watch both tonight.
The cuppa’ tea. When you visit relatives, there is always a cuppa tea involved. Even if it’s 10 o’clock at night. There is no better cuppa, then the cuppa you have with family. If that’s not in an ad somewhere, it should be.
Hope you have a great St. Paddy’s Day!
I will leave you today with a link to one of my favorite songs. The Dubliners version of “The Rocky Road To Dublin.”