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What do you like most about St. Patrick’s Day?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on March 17, 2008

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Photo of Laurie Winkel

“Expressing my Irish heritage and watching the parade.”

Photo of Matt Stumpff

“In Lawrence, it’s like suddenly no one has a job. Everyone is out watching the parade and partying. Most towns will move the parade to the weekend of something, but not here.”

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“Finding good luck in some place other than a clover field.”

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“That I’m Irish. It’s our day.”

Comments

notajayhawk 6 years, 1 month ago

Marion (Marion Lynn) says:

"Don't get me wrong; I do not suport he terroist acativities of the old IRA and Gerry Adams infuriates me!"

However, you do have to love the line:

"If it were, Red Will Danaher, not a scorched stone of your fine house would be standing."

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Marion Lynn 6 years, 1 month ago

Thanks, notajayhawk!

Hitme:

Don't get me wrong; I do not suport he terroist acativities of the old IRA and Gerry Adams infuriates me!

It is time for the Brits to pack it up, for ols scores to be forgotten and peace restored to that beautiful little place.

Sadly, this war in Ireland is indeed a religious war but in this case, between warring Christian denominations.

How sad.

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notajayhawk 6 years, 1 month ago

hitme (Anonymous) says:

"You mean all the innocents killed by the IRA?"

Uh, right. The Irish people weren't supposed to fight for their own independence from a country that we won our own from, even though they had been oppressed in a way that far exceeded taxation without representation, and for far longer. Spoken like another expert whose knowledge of Ireland consists of it being a nice excuse to get drunk on March 17th.

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hitme 6 years, 1 month ago

You mean all the innocents killed by the IRA?

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notajayhawk 6 years, 1 month ago

Marion (Marion Lynn) says:

"After you look at these sites, go have a drink and toast to the martyrs of Ireland!"

Don't have to look. Some of those to be toasted were not-too-distant relatives, including some of those hanged in 1916.

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Marion Lynn 6 years, 1 month ago

Bloody Sunday:

http://larkspirit.com/bloodysunday/

"On January 30, 1972, soldiers from the British Army's 1st Parachute Regiment opened fire on unarmed and peaceful civilian demonstrators in the Bogside, Derry, Ireland, near the Rossville flats, killing 13 and wounding a number of others."

The British Invaders of Ireland:

http://www.great-britain.co.uk/history/ireland.htm

The Declaration of Independence of Ireland; "POBLACHT NA H EIREANN":

http://www.iol.ie/~dluby/proclaim.htm

Michael Collins:

http://www2.cruzio.com/~sbarrett/mcollins.htm

Eamon De Valera:

http://www.apostles.com/devalera.html

Sinn Fein:

http://www.sinnfein.org/

Resistance:

http://www.rsf.ie/

After you look at these sites, go have a drink and toast to the martyrs of Ireland!

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notajayhawk 6 years, 1 month ago

Just settling down to watch the Quiet Man.

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Multidisciplinary 6 years, 1 month ago

I'm surprised you folks are still at home, isn't everyone going out to party as usual?

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BrianR 6 years, 1 month ago

I look forward to The Sand Bar's float.

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Multidisciplinary 6 years, 1 month ago

For the record, I don't think Jim Jones was a very good religious leader either.

So shoot me.

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Multidisciplinary 6 years, 1 month ago

(notajay serves up a menu for people to think about)

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notajayhawk 6 years, 1 month ago

Multidisciplinary (Anonymous) says:

"Looking at the priests, and the number of people mentally scarred by this religion, I'd say William had a pretty good head on his shoulders, and was ahead of his time."

Why, now, there's a healthy attitude. I guess since the number of crimes committed by African-Americans is far in excess of their share of the population, the KKK has a pretty good head on its shoulders, too? What a completely *sinine thing to say.

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aginglady 6 years, 1 month ago

I'll be missing my corn beef and creamed cabbage. Living alone, it's too much food to cook. And leftover corned beef just isn't my thing for some reason. Cabbage will be on sale next week tho'. And that's a good thing.

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Flap Doodle 6 years, 1 month ago

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Multidisciplinary 6 years, 1 month ago

What did I like about today? I like sleeping when it's raining. That clap of thunder early this morning was an eye opener, wasn't it? Here in the valley, thunder is X10 on the loud-o-meter.

Were the 10 am float crews inbibing MORE, due to the rain?

(In their words, and I quote,"We were have to cut back on the drinking, by 10 am, some of us were having trouble walking"-Sandbar crew a couple of years back.)

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Multidisciplinary 6 years, 1 month ago

notajayhawk says: As one result of William's deposing his father-in-law to accede to the British crown, and the subsequent brutal conquest of the Catholics in Ireland, the penal laws were imposed. These decreed that:

A Catholic was forbidden to enter a profession. A Catholic was forbidden to hold public office. A Catholic was forbidden to engage in trade or commerce. A Catholic was forbidden to live in a corporate town or within five miles thereof. A Catholic was forbidden to purchase or to lease land. A Catholic was forbidden buy land. A Catholic was forbidden to vote. A Catholic was forbidden to hold a life annuity. A Catholic could not be guardian to a child. A Catholic could not attend Catholic worship. A Catholic could not himself educate his child.

Looking at the priests, and the number of people mentally scarred by this religion, I'd say William had a pretty good head on his shoulders, and was ahead of his time. Just because a group calls themselves a religion, doesn't mean that it should be legal to shove it down everyone's throat.

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Ceallach 6 years, 1 month ago

Silly people, 1) the snakes were not copperheads, bull snakes, etc. St. Paddy brought Christianity to a pagan land. The snake was a powerful fertility symbol. The serpent represented the male due to its shape, and rebirth through the shedding of its skin. It was thought to be one of the most mysterious, sacred creatures to the Celts. When the Celts embraced Christianity the snakes were replaced. (I wouldn't go to far as to say they are all gone, but they no longer rule the isle.) St. Paddy drove them out; and 2) every Irishman knows that beer should be red!!

What do I like most? Having an entire day when being a Houligan is okay :)

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le 6 years, 1 month ago

yer alright!i cant cook and lookin for wife #3...til then ill starve cuz restaraunts in larry town isnt worth the gas(although they give me gas)harley man you rock!you can take a good ribbin! keep on keepin on! when the wifey gets cranky throw her on yer ride and go to perry ks...peace love and freds place!its a blast from the past!

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blue73harley 6 years, 1 month ago

le - actually I usually wish she wouldn't cook 'cause it makes her crankier than she normally is. Needless to say, we eat out a lot since I find it challenging to nuke a frozen burritto.

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le 6 years, 1 month ago

hey blue73harley...take a cooking class!does yer wife wipe yer tushy too?dont get hard peter im just playin with ya!

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blue73harley 6 years, 1 month ago

Anyone want to start bitching about the Insensitivity of Columbus Day while we are at it?

Personally, I just wish I was off work drinking green beer!

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notajayhawk 6 years, 1 month ago

RETICENT_IRREVERENT (Anonymous) says:

"What about the persecution by the Catholics in the Netherlands where King Billy came from?"

I would think it equally insensitive to wear a shamrock to a Dutch parade celebrating their nationalism. If you're Protestant and wish to wear orange on July 12th, then by all means do so. It's inflamatory and insulting to wear it on St. Patrick's Day, which is after all a holiday brought to this country by immigrants driven out of their own home country by persecution over their religion.

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ndmoderate 6 years, 1 month ago

Last year I wore orange. This year I'm wearing green. Peace among Catholics and Protestants!

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years, 1 month ago

notajayhawk, What about the persecution by the Catholics in the Netherlands where King Billy came from?

Remember the Irish flag is green and orange banner with a white stripe between them.

What are your thoughts on fuchsia?

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le 6 years, 1 month ago

not trippin over the blarney stone

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ms_canada 6 years, 1 month ago

This day will just not be the same because I could not find any corned beef for my Jig's Dinner. This is what the dish is called in Newfoundland and usually there is cod included with the corned beef, potatoes, turnips and carrots etc If I can't find any today I will just have to cry in that yucky green beer, what a travesty, green beer. Oh well, green is my favourite color, so it seems if one looks around my house where it is the predominant color. I have often wondered why that is. Maybe an irishman among my ancestors. Hmmm!!

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notajayhawk 6 years, 1 month ago

And okay, I wasn't going to say anything, but those whose knowledge of Irish history seems confined to a belief in beer drinking leprechauns, who find it amusing to talk about wearing orange on St. Patrick's Day, might take a moment to think about a few things.

As one result of William's deposing his father-in-law to accede to the British crown, and the subsequent brutal conquest of the Catholics in Ireland, the penal laws were imposed. These decreed that:

A Catholic was forbidden to enter a profession. A Catholic was forbidden to hold public office. A Catholic was forbidden to engage in trade or commerce. A Catholic was forbidden to live in a corporate town or within five miles thereof. A Catholic was forbidden to purchase or to lease land. A Catholic was forbidden buy land. A Catholic was forbidden to vote. A Catholic was forbidden to hold a life annuity. A Catholic could not be guardian to a child. A Catholic could not attend Catholic worship. A Catholic could not himself educate his child.

While I'm willing to give the people who joked about it the benefit of the doubt that they were not intentionally being malicious, such humor reflects an insensitivity on the level of wrapping yourself in a white sheet on Martin Luther King's birthday.

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trinity 6 years, 1 month ago

well hawklet i guess if you feel that way i'll just have to return all your st paddy's day presents, hmm? hmm? ;)

won't be coming to ltown today, my motorbike club elected to cancel this year! :*(

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Kontum1972 6 years, 1 month ago

DUI lawyers love it, it fills the coffers because Dec 25 is just around the corner.

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kawryan 6 years, 1 month ago

You can make a living as an actress in Topeka?

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dajudge 6 years, 1 month ago

I enjoy to contiue paying off credit card debt I incurred last St. Patricks's Day. And...drinking beer and fixing and eating corned beef with cabbage and potatoes. I used to simmer the corned beef in beer, but now I'd rather drink the beer and cook the corned beef in my cast iron Irish(dutch) Oven, and for the last hour, put in the cabbage cut in wedges, and some little red potatoes. Serve it all with some sour cream. I'm gett'n hungry. Gotta go.

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notajayhawk 6 years, 1 month ago

It's St. Patrick's Day? [hic]

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Flap Doodle 6 years, 1 month ago

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Marion Lynn 6 years, 1 month ago

The best St. Patrick's Day ever will be the day on which the Brits leave the Emerald Isle!

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sunflower_sue 6 years, 1 month ago

That I have a whole week to get ready for Easter.

Better go see if the green shirt or the orange shirt is closer to the top of the stack. That will dictate whether I am Irish or Scottish today.

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blue73harley 6 years, 1 month ago

I like corned beef and a little cabbage too. Nobody else at my house will eat it so the wife only fixes it on St Patty's Day.

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Marion Lynn 6 years, 1 month ago

Oh, forgot dancing on peanut shell strewn barroom floors.

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FuttBucker 6 years, 1 month ago

What about the parade? Is it still goin' on?

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hawklet21 6 years, 1 month ago

You beat me to the "ditto," canyon_wren. I hate feeling obligated to buy things for other people for holidays that I don't believe in.

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canyon_wren 6 years, 1 month ago

Corned beef and cabbage! My corned beef is cooking right now and smells great. It shrinks up to such an extent that I have to resist taking tastes or there won't be any left for dinner.

I like what thomgreen said, too--it's nice that there is still ONE holiday where buying stuff to send/give is not the main point! I guess that is just a matter of time.

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thomgreen 6 years, 1 month ago

I still feel St. Patty's day is one of the best holidays. It's all inclusive (everyone is Irish on St. Patty's day); though commercialized, it's not about buying things for people (except maybe a beer for the person next to you); and it's all about having a good time.

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FuttBucker 6 years, 1 month ago

How come everyone suddenly thinks that they're Irish on this day? F*cking idiots... Did you know that if you drink enough green beer it turns your turds green? That's about the coolest thing about St.Fattys day...

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blue73harley 6 years, 1 month ago

Unlike Matt, my job doesn't stop for St. Pat's Day...though I sure wish it did!

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Haiku_Cuckoo 6 years, 1 month ago

Wearing orange? Wow, that's real crazy! "Ooooh! Look out for that guy. He's wearing orange on St. Patrick's Day! He must be some kind of tough guy!"

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Marion Lynn 6 years, 1 month ago

Hmmmmm.................

What do I like best about St. Patrick's Day?

Beer.

Beer soaked barroom floors.

Beer soaked women.

Wet T-shirt contests with beer-soaked women as contestants.

Beer.

Raucously loud Irish music.

Beer.

Corned beef and cabbage served up with beer.

More beer soaked women.

Beer.

Yeah, that a about covers it, I think!

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JJE007 6 years, 1 month ago

Patty was a lame saint. Taking credit for chasing the snakes out of Ireland with green (used) beer and Celtic music was disingenuous. The snakes were already gone because green (used) beer and Celtic music were omnipresent in the land before that slave/cabin/alter boy showed up. He simply convinced the drunkards that the snake were lurking there and ready to initiate more terrorist attacks. Lame!~)

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Norma Jeane Baker 6 years, 1 month ago

R_I, I used to do just that in grade school. Yes, I was a rabble rouser even in my youth.

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BrianR 6 years, 1 month ago

St Patrick's Day was Saturday. Thanks Pope!

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ChristmasCarol 6 years, 1 month ago

I'm terrribly sorry, despite the other people and what they did, I hope you have a good day.

I enjoy the celebration of the coming of spring attached to commradery and compassion, The red faces drinking green beer.

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ChristmasCarol 6 years, 1 month ago

The parade of people I see before my eyes.

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