An endless sea of green can be found everywhere today – clothing, beer, even rivers. The perennial busiest drinking day of the year where everyone is eager to raise a pint and join in the good craic. While it is great to pay homage to St. Patrick himself, today let us celebrate the good people of the green, white and orange. Being half Irish myself (and darn proud of it), I reflect on all the adversity and achievements of the people of my motherland.
There are more Irish living outside of Ireland than inside. Due to economic woes back home, they have had to leave their country behind and start anew in foreign lands. In their new homes, they work tirelessly to make a better life for themselves and their families. They also contribute greatly to their new homes.
The Irish possess strong hearts and fight until the end. This is part of what won their independence from Britain after centuries of conquest. During the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the Irish soccer team were remembered for their last-minute game-tying goals against Germany and Spain. Even though the Irish exited the tournament, they left their fighting spirit mark.
Ireland has produced great writers of the world in the names of Jonathan Swift, William Butler Yeats and James Joyce. We also have current famous celebrities like Colin Farrell, Bono and Pierce Brosnan – all of whom hail from the Emerald Isle.
St. Patrick’s Day of 2016 is a special one as it coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, which was the start of Ireland’s long road to independence from the United Kingdom.
So while you are wearing green today, take a moment to remember what they Irish have endured and accomplished over past centuries. And if you are going to celebrate with a drink, forget drinking green beer. Have a pint of Guinness, or as the Irish call it, “the black stuff”.
So slainte to all and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!