st patrick's day

Further explanation for St Pat’s…because someone asked.

If you celebrate today by wearing green or havin’ a pint or such, that’s okay. What’s important is that you know from whence the traditions come, you have a healthy respect for Irish heritage, and your celebratory activities don’t play on cruel stereotypes.

Heck, last year, I got together with a bunch of Irish-descended friends and had a heritage blast. We made Irish foods like corned beef & cabbage, colcannon, shortbread, and suchlike, and then we all sat down and watched Boondock Saints. Most of us wore green, and we got rip-roaring drunk over the course of the evening. (Then again, that’s most of our parties…anyway.)

It’s all about knowing where stuff comes from. Traditions like the wearing of the green are an important part of Irish heritage, and you need see it as such, and not just as popular shtick. Same goes for a lot of other Irish-related stuff today.

It’s about celebrating the culture while not reinforcing negative stereotypes, and it’s not hard.

Just…don’t pretend you’re “Irish for the day” if you’re not already. Don’t pinch people who didn’t wear green. Don’t put on a fake accent or dress like a leprechaun. Don’t make derogatory jokes. Don’t make a mockery of Ireland or it’s people or their culture.

You wouldn’t want someone making fun of your home country. So don’t do it to someone else’s.

And for Irish-Americans (and those who wish they were), today’s a GREAT day to learn about Irish heritage. Ask your family members for stories. Look up surnames online to see where they’re from. Read up on Irish and American-Irish history. Read some Irish folktales. Pop in some tunes by an Irish band.

And let’s all raise a glass to better days. May the roofs over our heads never fall in and may the friends beneath them never fall out. :)

It’s easy to see why America’s public lands are called national treasures, with stunning views like this shot at Yellowstone National Park! While we can’t promise you’ll find a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow, you might find a bison 😀. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Photo courtesy of Christina Adele Warburg. 

Dear US followers

Dear US followers, this St Patrick’s Day, (NOT St Patty’s Day, a patty is a round piece of minced meat made into a burger) think about how you are doing things in the name of Ireland and its people.

Let me ask you a question, if you heard of Irish people celebrating the 4th of July with a drink called the “US School Shooter” or made cupcakes with two chocolate flakes (a crumbly chocolate) that crumbled and we called them “9/11 Cupcakes” would you feel offended? Would you be sickened to your stomach? Of course, you would, and you would have every right to be. So too would you feel the need to inform the Irish that it is anything but appropriate or acceptable. 

Well, there is a drink and a subsequent cupcake being made in the US and which is apparently synonymous with St Patrick’s Day that is the equivalent of this. The “Irish Car Bomb”. Now, before I go any further, I will explain this much, it is a Guinness drink and a shot of Bailey’s (cream liqueur) is dropped into it in a shot glass and you drink it before the Bailey’s turns, so like a Jagerbomb, it is, what is commonly referred to as a “Bomb” drink. But by adding the “car” to mix, this becomes an offending drink, because in the 1960’s, a war that Ireland had been fighting since the British invasions in the late 12th Century, came to another head and was commonly titled “The Troubles” one of the most horrific parts of this war was the use of Car Bombs by people on both sides of the divide (the Nationalists who wanted to reunite Ireland, and the Unionists, those who wanted for Ireland to go back under full British rule, it was never a religious war BTW). 

So there is now a drink and cupcake that is named after the primary cause of death to innocent civilians in that war. In one day alone, 34 were killed while rushing to get buses and trains as well as shopping at 5pm on a Friday afternoon in Dublin and Monaghan in 1974, including a family of 4, the O’Brien family, who had two daughters, aged 1 and 2 years old, all killed in one fell swoop. In Omagh, in the late 90’s, another 31 were killed, including a woman pregnant with twins. Children playing in the street were other prime targets, translation, innocent people were killed, thousands died in that war, and to this day, it is a point of contention. Hence the reason this drink and cupcake’s names are unacceptable.

I ask that should you see a place selling these, you do not buy such a thing, I contacted the Facebook page of a bakery that I realised was selling these, Monzu Bakery and informed them of the meaning of such a name and do you know what they did, they blocked me rather than allow open discussion but having checked their site by staying logged out of Facebook, I did notice they now call it an Irish Slammer Cupcake, a success really, so please do not buy such a product from people that see no issue with selling a product that celebrates the deaths of innocent people.

It is NOT an Irish drink/cupcake, we never had such a thing because as I explained above, it is highly offensive, so if you come to Ireland, do not ask for such a concoction, you will not be met with a friendly smile. Please, if you want to have this drink call it a Bailey’s bomb or something, do not call it after an IED, I am sure you would not go to a US soldier and offer them a Taliban bomb cupcake, that is the same thing.

  • Kara: *sneaks up behind Lena and pinches her*
  • Lena: Kara! What the hell?
  • Kara: It's St Patricks day and you aren't wearing green.
  • Lena: I don't have to wear green. I have green eyes. I could walk around naked all day and still be safe.
  • Lena: ...
  • Lena: Kara give me back my clothes.

Is everyone wearing green today? Nature’s light show displays a fantastic emerald ripple above Denali National Park in Alaska, a great place to see the Northern Lights. Says photographer Carl Johnson, “Having great aurora borealis images to show for a night out in the cold cannot truly capture the thrill of just being out there and witnessing this amazing phenomenon.” Photo courtesy of Carl Johnson. #StPatricksDay