Irish Blessings and Happy St. Patrick’s Day


St. Patrick's Day imageI’m part Irish by heritage, but of the Northern, Protestant, “Orange”, variety. When I was growing up in Pittsburgh, my mother and grandmother always insisted we should wear orange on St. Patrick’s Day. Then we moved to Southern California and I quickly discovered that not wearing green on March 17th meant complete strangers would pinch you. I rarely made that mistake again. Besides, I look better in green than in orange.

I do have one pet peeve though. I cringe every time I walk into a restaurant and see a sign advertising “St. Patty’s Day” specials. Patty is short for Patricia. The proper nickname for Patrick is Paddy, a name once used pejoratively for Irishmen. Now there may be a St. Patricia, and she may have her own special day, I wouldn’t know, I’m not Catholic. But please stop emasculating St. Patrick!

St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland,

This is one of my favorite Irish blessings:

Here’s to lying, stealing, and cheating!
May you lie to save a friend;
May you steal the heart of the one you love;
And may you cheat death.

And my own St. Patrick’s Day wish:

On St. Paddy’s Day,
My wish for you
Is a large bowl
Of Irish stew.
And a pint or two
Of your favorite brew.

And may you be an hour in heaven before the devil knows you’re gone!

What are you doing for St. Patrick’s Day?

Linda / Lyndi

4 thoughts on “Irish Blessings and Happy St. Patrick’s Day

  1. St Patrick is for Irish people as important as St Andrew is for Romanians, I think.
    Thank you for the lovely blessings – I love both of them. And here’s one from me to you:
    “May you have warm words on a cold evening,
    a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road all the way to your door.”
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Linda!

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