An Irish Obsession
HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!!!
Did you miss the Irish Recipes I posted yesterday?
This has always been my favorite Holiday as I’m pretty obsessed with all things Irish. My Godparents, Jim & Ethna, are actually from Dublin and still live there. Jim is the brother of one of my dad’s high school teachers. They are the most generous, hospitable people in the entire world and Ethna throws a MEAN dinner party. I’m talking 6 or 7 courses of homemade soups, breads, meats, cakes, and ice creams! We eat well when we visit.
My parents enrolled me in Irish dance and music lessons when I was five years old, and for the next thirteen years I spent every Tuesday at St. Louis Irish Arts. We performed and competed, and I had the chance to learn traditional Irish songs, the tin whistle, the accordian, and eventually the harp. The weeks leading up to St. Patrick’s Day meant days off school because we had 3 to 4 shows a day, and of course we danced on a big float in the parade each year.
My Irish obsession continued when I attended the University of Notre Dame, home of the Fighting Irish. There I was able to continue my dancing and music and cheer on the Irish in sporting events. St. Patrick’s Day is a huge day party there!
During college I was able to study abroad in Dublin for a semester. It was simply amazing to immerse myself even further in the culture. You can go from the bustling modern city of Dublin to a little countryside village in less than 15 minutes. Ireland really feels like a second home to me – I can’t wait to go back in a few years.
So Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Enjoy the day, Irish or not! I’ll leave you with some of my favorite pictures from my time abroad.
- Have you ever been to Ireland?
- Are you celebrating today? – Meals, Parades, Wearing Green, Drinking Guinness??