Hello dear reader(s)!
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
As many of you may or may not be aware, here in my timezone, it is Saint Patrick’s Day, which is a day to celebrate Saint Patrick who was a key figure in Ireland’s conversion to Catholicism and is now largely an excuse for Americans with any Irish ancestry to drink a lot, make really bad fake Irish accents, wear green, and be annoying.
I am fascinated by all things Ireland, but I really don’t care all that much about Saint Patrick’s Day. For one thing, I am not now, nor would I ever be Catholic. For another, I don’t like using other people’s culture as an excuse to get blindingly drunk. Yes, I love the green. Yes, I do enjoy an occasional Guinness from time to time. Yes, I love traditional Irish music. Yes, it is the place in the world I most want to visit. Yes, I love the language that I absolutely cannot speak. Yes, I love many aspects of the culture. But for Saint Patrick’s Day? Meh. I guess I’ll put on a green shirt.
But do you know something happening this year that is much, much more Irish than Saint Patrick’s Day?
On April 24th, it will be the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The Easter Rising was unsuccessful, but led to the events that led to the creation of the Republic of Ireland. The Irish Republic was declared although many people in Ireland didn’t support it until the serious overreaction of the United Kingdom, and then the tide was unstoppable.
So have fun today, if you want, but if you really want to celebrate Ireland, do something on April, 24th.
And learn about Irish history because it really is fascinating.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, and Happy Centenary!