There’s No Better Day Than St. Paddy’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is my favorite holiday. It’s time to celebrate all things wonderfully Irish with parades and kilts and dancing, traditional music and seas of green. It’s also the one time of year when my favorite friends and I make a deliberate effort to be together.
I lived in Galway, Ireland, for a brief and wonderful period of time. Studying at the National University of Ireland, Galway, I met an amazing group of friends. Together we clambered over the ruins of Clonmacnoise, and were nearly windblown from the tops of the Cliffs of Moher. We swam in the icy waters of Galway Bay, and got lost in Cork and Killarney (and Kilkenny and Dublin …). We read Yeats in Sligo and had the smoothest, richest pint of Guinness in the world at Gravity Bar, St. James Gate. Between the jigs and the reels and the rain, these friends – and this country – taught me unforgettable lessons.
When our studies ended we were forced to part ways and scatter across the globe. But, the crew and I make a point to be together once a year somewhere in the world. This is why there’s no better day than Paddy’s day.
To celebrate the holiday properly, I recommend a few musts:
If you can find traditional live Irish music in your area please go listen – and dance! If you cannot, or feel more comfortable with a Ceili in your own home, you can find great songs on iTunes and Google Play.
Let me suggest: The Irish Rover, Whiskey in the Jar, Danny Boy, Galway Girl, Come Out Ye Black and Tans, The Rocky Road to Dublin, Molly Malone and When Irish Eyes are Smiling
For a contemporary Irish spin check out these artists: The Pogues, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, The Elders, Gaelic Storm and Seven Nations
Irish soda bread is my number one choice for breakfast. Don’t forget to slather on some butter, and have a nice, strong cup of black tea. Corned beef and cabbage is an Irish-American, favored tradition. It’s easy to cook, hard to overcook and served best with a cold pint – preferably Guinness or Smithwicks.
There’s always a parade for Saint Patrick’s Day, and it’s great craic. Whether your city dyes the river green or is bobbing with Irish Stepdancers, you’re sure to see a leprechaun. To easily find local entertainment use the Event Finder App on iOS and Daybees Event Finder for Android.
Have fun! Sláinte.
“Think where man’s glory
Most begins and ends
And say my glory was
I had such friends.”
–William Butler Yeats