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St. Patricks Day: About St. Patrick and his Day

I first published this at Techography on March 17, 2007. I’ve reposted it here for posterity and your reading pleasure!- BS

    I, Patrick, a sinner, a most simple countryman, the least of all the faithful and most contemptible to many, had for father the deacon Calpurnius, son of the late Potitus, a priest, of the settlement [vicus] of Bannavem Taburniae; he had a small villa nearby where I was taken captive. I was at that time about sixteen years of age. I did not, indeed, know the true God; and I was taken into captivity in Ireland with many thousands of people, according to our deserts, for quite drawn away from God, we did not keep his precepts, nor were we obedient to our priests who used to remind us of our salvation. And the Lord brought down on us the fury of his being and scattered us among many nations, even to the ends of the earth, where I, in my smallness, am now to be found among foreigners.
    St. Patrick, The Confessio

The person who was to become St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Wales about AD 385. His given name was Maewyn Succat, and he almost didn’t get the job of bishop of Ireland because he lacked the required scholarship.

Far from being a saint, until he was 16, he considered himself a pagan. At that age, he was sold into slavery by a group of Irish marauders that raided his village. During his captivity, he became closer to God.

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St. Patricks Day: About St. Patrick and his Day

I first published this at Techography on March 17, 2007. I reposted it here in 2010 for posterity and your reading pleasure! I imagine it will be a yearly thing- BS

    I, Patrick, a sinner, a most simple countryman, the least of all the faithful and most contemptible to many, had for father the deacon Calpurnius, son of the late Potitus, a priest, of the settlement [vicus] of Bannavem Taburniae; he had a small villa nearby where I was taken captive. I was at that time about sixteen years of age. I did not, indeed, know the true God; and I was taken into captivity in Ireland with many thousands of people, according to our deserts, for quite drawn away from God, we did not keep his precepts, nor were we obedient to our priests who used to remind us of our salvation. And the Lord brought down on us the fury of his being and scattered us among many nations, even to the ends of the earth, where I, in my smallness, am now to be found among foreigners.


St. Patrick, The Confessio


The person who was to become St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Wales about AD 385. His given name was Maewyn Succat, and he almost didn’t get the job of bishop of Ireland because he lacked the required scholarship.

Far from being a saint, until he was 16, he considered himself a pagan. At that age, he was sold into slavery by a group of Irish marauders that raided his village. During his captivity, he became closer to God.

Read the rest of this entry »

7th Annual St Patrick’s Day Blog Bash

For over seven years we have hosted a St Patrick’s Day party at Celtic Grill in Bentonville, AR.

Seven years of cigars, Irish stew, Guinness and live music.

Its been a lot of fun. Celtic Grill is under new management, but at current we have nothing to fear and are welcome to join the festivities once again.

This year should be no different.

Please come join us Saturday the 17th. We’ll be there at 17:00 central time and first four lucky folks will get to share a cigar that I provide and I’ll buy the first round.

See you there!

I’ve got Irish blood in me too, daddy!

Here is a picture of my little man, Gavin Lucio, with his first Build-A-Bear and his “My First St Patricks Day” shirt!

This bear is tryin to tell me something, I just know it...

This bear is tryin to tell me something, I just know it...

 

 

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A little on Being Irish, in America

I first wrote this back in 2007 at Techography. With Calimus’ help I have dug it from the archives and republished it here, once again. Enjoy. -BloodSpite

Now that I”ve learned a great deal about Northern Ireland, there are things I can say about it: that it”s an unhealthy and morbid place, where people learn to die from the time that they”re children; where we”ve never been able to forget our history and our culture-which are only other forms of violence; where it”s so easy to deride things and people; where people are capable of much love, affection, human warmth and generosity. But, my God! How much we know how to hate! Every two or three hours, we resurrect the past, dust it off and throw it in someone”s face.

-Betty Williams Northern Irish Peace activist, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

It”s almost time ye see.

Time to dust off the green carnations, the Erin Go Bragh pins.

Time to remember, and time to celebrate.

It has been said, albeit sometimes bitterly, that Irelands best exports were her son”s and daughters. But they have kept the faith, however Americanized. Little Ireland, poor and underpopulated, with it”s humble patron Saint unknown in the rest of the Christian world causing all the fuss one day a year on a day in March.

Saint Patrick”s Day in New York is the most fantastic affair, and in past years on Fifth Avenue, from Forty-fourth Street to Ninety-Sixth Street, the white traffic lines were painted green for the occasion. All the would-be Irish, has-been Irish, and never-been Irish seem to appear true-blue Irish overnight. Everyone is in on the act, but it is a very jolly occasion and I have never experienced anything like it anywhere else in the world

Brendan Benhan Brendan Benhan”s New York

My grandfather used to joke.

“Do ye know what St Patrick”s Day is in New York?”

My grandfather moved south to Georgia, the mountains of the time in the North of the state wild, to escape the lack of jobs and the No Irish Need Applysigns that plagued him upon his arrival to the land of milk and honey.

“No Grandpa.” said I, the youth and unknowing. A babe in the woods.  ” What is St Patrick”s Day in New York?”

“St Patrick”s Day In New York is the day all the factory owners on Fifth Avenue watch their employee”s parade in the streets.” he roared, laughing at his  joke that took me years to understand.

Englishmen, Scotchmen, Jews, do well in Ireland- Irishman, never; even the patriot has to leave Ireland to get a hearing.

George Moore

Each day of the Weekend, for the rest of March I will supply some tidbits on life in Ireland, stories my family has past to me, both of their time in Armagh, and upon their arrival here in the US.

I hope that you will See St Patrick”s Day to be more than just a time for green carnations, green beer and music. I hope you will see just what it means for those of us who are Irish, in America.

Thus when you raise your green glass, to your mates and your friends, and you hear the words of every lasses lover in the lyrics of Danny Boy, you”ll have a tear in your eye and your heart, for a people who at once are ready for anything, and prepared for nothing, and proud just the same.

Radio Intercepts

Or maybe we just want them to do what they are being paid to do, when they are being paid to do it?

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    Murphy’s Law by Smartmouth Brewing of Virginia

    08/25/17

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    Jekyll Brewings Cooter Brown at the Atlanta Hawks Bar & Grill

    I’m pretty sure you can figure out what city 😉

    08/23/17

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    Gordon Biersch Marzen

    08/23/17

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