March 17th – the day everyone wants to be Irish
St. Patrick’s Day celebrations were held as early as 1737 in Boston.
The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York was March 17, 1763.
They say the Irish are a creative contention, with ready wit, a quick retort, good humor and good fellowship. As a rule, Irish women are especially unique and gifted. Famed actress and activist, Fionnula Flanagan says,
“I think Irish women are strong as horses, incredibly loyal and for the most part, funny, witty, bright and optimistic in the face of devastating reality.”
Classic Irish Blessing
May those who love us, love us; and those who don’t love us,
may God turn their hearts;
and if He doesn’t turn their hearts,
may he turn their ankles so we’ll know them by their limping.”
The Irish bars on Geary Blvd and Clement Street promise to be packed, SRO, really loud and very festive.
San Francisco Natives know: the real Mecca for Irish dancing, Irish beer and blarney is Molloy’s famous Irish pub in Colma. Sure now, the wanna be Irish will weave in and out of the bars SOMA and on Geary Boulevard.
The real true green, hard-core, passionate, Irish will be throwing a few back at Molloy’s. And, of course, Harrington’s and the Irish Cultural Center.
A Bit of Irish Wisdom:
Wear green, have fun, take a cab, and remember, wherever you go and whatever you do, may the luck of the Irish be with you. Slainte.