St. Paddy’s day post-mortem: What does it mean to be Irish? (Part 2 of 2)

Yesterday, with the help of multiple Facebook friends, bucketology attempted to answer the age-old St. Patrick’s Day question, “What does it mean to be Irish?” Today, we’ll riff a bit more on that theme. Before we do, however, I wanted to posit a few post-holiday hypotheticals:

1.) Does your Irish-ness wear off after St. Patrick’s Day?

2.) What percentage of Irish people are hung over on March 18?

Going on the assumption that number 2 applies to more than a gaggle of you, we’ll kick things off with some hair of the dog.

hung-over-polar-bearBeing Irish means…

26. Irish coffee.

27. “Speaking in a truly beautiful Irish Gaelic tongue.” – Dan O.

28. Wrapping your head around the fact that St. Patrick wasn’t actually born in Ireland. By his own account, raiders captured him when he was 16 and enslaved him in Ireland, which was a land of Druids and pagans.

29. Digging on red-heads.

30. Acquiring the gift of eloquence by kissing the Blarney Stone.

31. “Believing in Leprechaun’s [and other things].” – Sandi M.

32. Jameson’s Irish Whiskey in the U.S.;  Teeling in Dublin.

33. Aran sweaters.

34. “Having the ability to lay the blarney on so thick that you can tell someone to go to hell and they’ll look forward to the trip.” – Kathy D

35. Being a sports fanatic, bound to your brothers and sisters by unity of spirit and camaraderie, from Boston to Limerick.

36. Raising your glass and waxing poetic… “May neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and Heaven accept you.”

37. Appreciating the music, which “runs the gamut from the traditional jigs and reels, to the pub songs all the way to the Celtic rock bands.”  – Michael M.

38. Catholicism, religion a la carte and confession.

39. Mythologizing the Irish werewolf. Shapeshifter. Guardian and protector of children, wounded men and lost persons.

confession40. ‘It means to be stubborn, or as [your fiancé] calls it, “being focused.”’ – Kathy G.

41. Referring to your sneakers or your tennis shoes as runners.

42. Acknowledging the brilliant simplicity of the old Irish adage… “You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your father was.”

43. “…Never wanting the sun to rise on a special night that you wished would go on forever.” – Ryan F.

44. Guinness Irish Stew.

45. Living life by the following credos (paraphrased): Being insanely loyal to a fault, not being afraid of a fight, setting the table for anyone who might show up, having strong father figures and low expectation of people, producing beautiful babies and enjoying bigger livers than our “non-Irish” counterparts. – Rachel M.

46. Identifying the stick-like object leaned upon by the leprechaun in the Boston Celtics logo as a shillelagh.

47. “Feeling inferior in a narcissistic way.” – Chris R.

48. “Breeding like rabbits.” – Dan O.

49. Celtic jewelry.

50. Sharing the best in life with family and friends – food, drink and laughter. It’s focusing on and celebrating what is important. – Scott B.


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