Here it is two days before March 17, and I’m resigning myself to be the Grinch who stole St. Patrick’s Day. Being a writer of (part) Irish heritage — and thus feeling obliged to beget my readers a post to celebrate the occasion — I’ve been roiling me brain to come up with something about Ireland’s fifth-century snake-chaser that isn’t the same old blarney, but I’ve hit a stone wall stouter than those that subdivide the Irish countryside:

The Stone Walls of Ireland

Enough already. If St. Patrick thinks I’m going to waste another second of my busy day refraining from raining on his parade, he’s got another think coming. There are plenty of other dead fish in the Irish Sea who merit time in the sun, and though it may raise a stink, I am going to turn this post over to them and say “Bah! Humbug!” to St. Patrick.

I showed my appreciation of my native land in the usual Irish way by getting out of it as soon as I possibly could. –George Bernard Shaw

I am allergic to all Irish wit, charm and humor not provided by myself. –Denis Brogan

Good Lord, what a sight/After all their good Cheer/For people to fight/In the midst of their Beer. –Jonathan Swift (from THE DESCRIPTION OF AN IRISH-FEAST)

The lanky hank of a she in the inn over there
Nearly killed me for asking the loan of a glass of beer:
May the devil grip the whey-faced slut by the hair,
And beat bad manners out of her skin for a year.
If I asked her master he’d give me a cask a day;
But she, with the beer at hand, not a gill would arrange!
May she marry a ghost and bear him a kitten, and may
The High King of Glory permit her to get the mange.
–James Stephens (from RIGHTEOUS ANGER)

For the Great Gaels of Ireland/Are the men that God made mad,/For all their wars are merry/And all their songs are sad. –G. K. Chesterton

Other people have a nationality. The Irish and the Jews have a psychosis. –Oscar Wilde

The actual Irish weather report is really a recording made in 1922, which no one has had occasion to change. –Wilfred Sheed

I saw a fleet of fishing boats…I flew down, almost touching the craft, and yelled at them, asking if I was on the right [course] to Ireland. They just stared. Maybe they didn’t hear me. Maybe I didn’t hear them. Or maybe they thought I was just a crazy fool. An hour later I saw land. –Charles Lindbergh (2nd day of first solo transatlantic flight, 5/21/1927)



19 comments on “ST. PATRICK’S DAY? BAH! HUMBUG!

  1. BroadBlogs says:

    Love St. Patty’s Day! (My grandpa’s birthday). Happy day to you.

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  2. arekhill1 says:

    As an Irishman whose beloved is a Jew, I feel alarmed by Wilde’s observation, made here in your post.

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  3. Don Frankel says:

    They most probably thought Lindbergh was a Brit that’s why they didn’t answer him. But I remember not so long ago marching in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York. The sun was out and the temperature reached into the 60’s. It was a great day for the Irish and anyone else who happened to be about.

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  4. mistermuse says:

    Don, back in 1927, those simple Irish fishermen may have never seen an airplane before. It’s a wonder that didn’t jump overboard at the sight and sound of Lindbergh and his big metal bird coming down at them from out of the blue.

    Happy snowy St. Patrick’s Day there in NYC (though I hear you didn’t get the foot of the white stuff yesterday that was expected).


  5. Garfield Hug says:

    Happy St Patty’s Day. Smile Mistermuse ha ha😊

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  6. Don Frankel says:

    Muse we got about 4 inches and they didn’t even try to tell us it was 12 inches. Lately snow fall accumulations reported by weathermen seem to be like guys talking abut there you know what’s. Not quite as advertised.

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  7. Carmen says:

    Kudos to the Irish descendant
    Whose muses are comment dependent.
    His genius, you see, is apparent to me –
    And all other “Observation Post” attendants.

    Happy St. Patty’s Day MisterMuse!!

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  8. mistermuse says:

    What can I say —
    You made me day.
    No way did I know it —
    That you’re such a poet.
    With envy I’m green —
    Such talent I’ve not seen
    Since Dickenson and Browning
    And I’m not just clowning….
    Well, maybe a bit —
    But I must show I’m a (nit)wit.

    Have a Happy yourself, dear lady! 🙂


  9. linnetmoss says:

    You made me chuckle with your dead fish. And reminded me that it’s time to buy some Guinness. No green beer for me!

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  10. mistermuse says:

    I think Guinness owes me a commission, but I won’t press the issue because they might pay me in dead fish. No matter — your chuckle is reward enough. 🙂


  11. And a happy St. Paddy’s Day to you mistermuse. :O)

    Liked by 1 person

  12. RMW says:

    I signed up for a photography tour of Ireland for this summer but it was canceled due to lack of interest. Whaaaaaat???? I am so bummed…..

    Liked by 1 person

    • mistermuse says:

      I would be bummed too. The tour company must not have promoted the tour very well. I can’t imagine a lack of interest in such a tour if enough people knew about it!


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