My mom’s ancestors came from Ireland and so did many of my husband’s. As a matter of fact, his grandma came over from County Mayo on the boat as a young teenager–all by herself. So, the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day (3/17) has always been special. I love to listen to Irish music, including bagpipes. and I have been known to consume my share of Shamrock shakes from McDonald’s. This time of year I have a special spring in my step ~ love “St. Paddy’s Day” ~ it is almost here, hooray!
So later this week I will bring home my corned beef and cabbage to cook on Saturday~oh how perfect, corned beef & cabbage, with some carrots and onions too. ’tis enough to make me break into a jig, sing, and holler a few begorrahs too. Today I am feeling luxuriously lazy. My students are on break, and so I am catching up on a few things. St’ Pat’s week couldn’t come at a better time. I may have to watch ‘Going My Way’ [Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald] today ~ or perhaps The Quiet Man [John Wayne, Barry Fitzgerald, and Maureen O’Hara]. Don’t you just love those movies? So much fun to re-visit them like old friends. Of course, beyond that, I love musicals, too ~ so Going My Way, The Bells of St. Mary’s, Brigadoon, etc would be on my faves list anyway.
Regarding music that I love this time of year would of course be Bing; also The Clancy Brothers, Celtic Woman, the Irish Tenors ~ and The Irish Rovers. Now when I was in college I knew an amazing priest. He loved to collect unicorns and tell us stories of unicorns and lovely times. He had been an English major undergrad~ so he loved a good story. He wrote a weekly column for the college newspaper and a couple of books, too. Around that time I fell in love with lovely stories ~ in a new and special way. As a result of all that, I loved the Unicorn Song by The Irish Rovers. I am embedding that here for your enjoyment.