St. Patrick's Day

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    Erin go Bragh!

    It’s time to celebrate Irish immigration to the United States with St. Patrick’s Day! This holiday is held on March 17th of every year, and honors the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Irish immigrants to the US first celebrated this holiday as a way to remember their homeland. Only later did it become a hit back in Ireland. Today, it is a national Irish holiday celebrated by parades, going to Catholic mass, drinking, and eating. Sound like fun? Here are some ways you can celebrate this holiday with a traditional Irish flair.

    What to Eat

    3.14 My Irish TableMY IRISH TABLE
    By Cathal Armstrong & David Hagedorm
    (2014)

    You cannot party without food, and this book is just what you need in order to get an authentically Irish taste of St. Patrick’s Day. This volume is a treasure trove of beautiful color photos and authentic Irish recipes. Each recipe has a little anecdote to go with it so you can feel like you are learning about Irish culture along the way. I suggest trying some traditional potato dishes, or even the Irish Stew if you are feeling ambitious. Don’t forget brown bread or soda bread to round out the meal! 

     

    What to Drink

    3.14 BeerBEER
    By DK Eyewitness Companions
    (2007)

    The Irish are famous for their beer, and the internationally popular Guinness craft has even become an icon of Irish culture. There are many other Irish beers to choose from. If you want to learn more about Irish beers, as well as many other varieties from across the globe, this Eyewitness book is a great little resource.   

     

    3.14 Homemade Root BeerHOMEMADE ROOT BEER, SODA, & POP
    By Stephen Edward Cresswell
    (1998)

    While beer is traditional, it is not for everyone. If you do not drink alcohol, you could a pint of the next best thing—root beer! Of course there are lots of commercial options out there for this delectable soda pop, but why not impress your St. Patrick’s Day party guests with some homemade stuff?  

     

    Irish Jams

    We love Irish music so much that we have a dedicated section of CDs for it (INTL IRELAND). Head over to the music CDs and look in the section labeled “International – Ireland.” You’ll find lots to choose from, including The High Kings, Celtic Woman, and the Young Dubliners. If Celtic music isn’t quite your jam, check out The Dropkick Murphys or even U2.   

    Irish History

    Why not read up on the Emerald Isle and learn a little bit about Irish culture or history? THE STORY OF IRELAND is a fantastic history of Ireland and the Irish people. On the other hand, since St. Patrick’s Day became popular due to Irish immigration to the US, how about reading THE IRISH AMERICANS?

    Whatever you choose, we here at the library hope you have a wonderful holiday celebration!

     
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    True Confessions of Carla: St. Patrick’s Day makes me anxious.  I think this is a result of being pinched in elementary school when I forgot to wear green.  It probably only happened once, but it was enough to create an emotional scar.  Now, many years later, the possibility of an unwise wardrobe choice on St. Patrick’s Day actually weighs on my mind throughout the first part of March. 

    Despite this, I still love St. Patrick’s Day!  Hopefully you do as well.  In celebration, I thought I’d learn a little more about Ireland and share it here with you!. And, like the librarian I am, I used a library resource to do it. 

    The library subscribes to an awesome resource called Global Road Warrior. This database has amazing information about countries around the world. Global Road Warrior is perfect for anyone traveling to a foreign country and for anyone interested in learning more about the world.  My sister actually uses it to introduce her children to a new country every month, which is great way to introduce the world to her family.

    Global Road Warrior

    Anyway, using Global Road Warrior, I learned the following things about Ireland:

    • Saint Patrick’s Day is the Ireland’s National Day and can last up to 5 days and include parades, festivals, plays, concerts, and fireworks.
    • Ireland has almost 900 miles of coastline.
    • The population of Ireland is 4,832,765.
    • Irish public mail boxes are painted green.
    • Ireland is rich with superstitions.  Some great examples:

      Irish Mailbox

      • Cutting the nails of a baby before he turns a year old will make him a kleptomaniac when he grows up.
      • To cure tonsillitis, apply hot potatoes placed in a stocking on one’s throat.
      • To get rid of warts, get some soil from underneath a pallbearer’s feet while attending a burial ceremony; put the soil on the wart; then make a wish that it will be gone soon.
      • Killing a cricket will provoke its kind to destroy a person’s clothes.
      • It is good luck to throw footwear on the way home from a party.
      • Children walking backwards are believed to be cursing their parents.
    • Traditional Irish cuisine is generally based on meat, cabbage, and potatoes or praties.  (Global Road Warrior even has a few recipes including Soda Bread, Champ, and Coddle!)
    • Banshee, galore, hooligan, shamrock and smithereens are all Irish words that have been “loaned” to the English language. 
    • And finally, here are some wise Irish proverbs with which I leave you:
      • “A friend’s eye is a good mirror.”
      • “It is better to be a coward for a minute than dead for the rest of your life.”
      • “What butter and whiskey will not cure there is no cure for.”
      • “Many a time a man’s mouth broke his nose.”