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Old 03-15-2013, 09:25 PM   #41
 
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My family on my dads side is from Ireland. We always had a lamb stew at my grandparents house on St.Patricks day growing up. My husband was born on March 17 his family comes from Croatia. So in our home we celabrate his birthday but add a little bit of my Irish heritage to it by having an Irish dish for dinner

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instead of corned beef and cabbage, you could always try making traditional bacstaí for St. Patrick's Day. in English it's called Boxty and it's seriously just potato pancakes.

but they can be stuffed with a variety of things and there is an entire restaurant in Dublin's Temple Bar district called Gallagher's Boxty House that has apparently raised this traditional dish to something of an art form.

when i lived in Ottawa, i loved to go to an Irish pub called Patty Boland's that had them on the menu.

Ottawa is full of gorgeous Irish pubs... *sigh* this town has 2.

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Mmm lamb stew. I don't really celebrate. 1/4 Irish here but never ate any traditional food growing up, my Irish grandmother was a terrible cook and my german grandfather preferred german type food. I'd love to have a traditional Irish cookbook one day.
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:21 AM   #44
 
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I'm Italian on both sides so I feel like the anti-Irish. But my kids are half Irish so I always have them dress in green or may buy them some silly hat or necklace or something.

I think I have one little St Patrick's Day decoration. I should probably go dig it out.


I have a friend who dresses up as what I would assume is a leprechaun stripper? And bar hops and such.

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leprechaun stripper, now that's interesting
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leprechaun stripper, now that's interesting
Lol. I don't know how else to describe it. But I'm in the Boston area, people get a little crazy on this holiday.

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instead of corned beef and cabbage, you could always try making traditional bacstaí for St. Patrick's Day. in English it's called Boxty and it's seriously just potato pancakes.

but they can be stuffed with a variety of things and there is an entire restaurant in Dublin's Temple Bar district called Gallagher's Boxty House that has apparently raised this traditional dish to something of an art form.

when i lived in Ottawa, i loved to go to an Irish pub called Patty Boland's that had them on the menu.

Ottawa is full of gorgeous Irish pubs... *sigh* this town has 2.

I'm making boxy for breakfast! i know my dad wants meat. but we are having boxy, eggs, and maybe turkey bacon.
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I like Irish dancing.

Wish I'd learned it growing up.
I took a class in my 30's because I was always bummed my Mom didn't sign us up. We didn't have money for the competitions/costumes and my Mom did not like the focus on looks. Hair had to be the same etc.

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No. I loathe packed bars, porta potties and cheap beer in plastic cups. I am not Irish so I do not feel obligated to celebrate the "holiday."
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I'm mostly of Irish decent, I can't stand it when people assume I'm going to get completely blotto on St. Patty's day. St Patty's day, Halloween, New Years Eve and July 4th are what I consider "amature night" celebrations. Those are the days I actively avoid bars.

To be honest, this year I have to go to a wake anyway...there's nothing more Irish than that!
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My heritage is mostly Irish. I don't celebrate St Paddy's day. Irish food kinda sucks, and I don't like beer. And I don't like crowds, so going to a bar for cocktails isn't fun on that day.

Patrick was actually Italian (born to Italian immigrant parents and grew up in Roman-conquered northern England before he was kidnapped to Ireland) so most Italians I know celebrate the holiday...probably more letimately than Irish.

All this is presuming, of course, that Patrick is a legitimate saint...which he isn't. No pope ever proclaimed him a saint. Scientists think there were never any snakes in Ireland to begin with, so Patrick couldn't have driven them out. More likely, Patrick was just pissed drunk and hallucinated the snakes.
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I don't because I don't have any irish in me. I'm middle eastern. What I don't like about some holidays like this is it's not a celebration of the holiday itself but an excuse to get ridiculously drunk.
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cailin, did you enjoy the classes as an adult?
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St Patty's day, Halloween, New Years Eve and July 4th are what I consider "amature night" celebrations. Those are the days I actively avoid bars.
Those are the only nights I want to go to a bar. Actually, I prefer liquid picnics and parties at friends houses on the 4th and NYE, but Halloween is my Mecca. SPD would be too, but I have worked it for 10 years. A full crew is needed for that one BUT I take a week off for Halloween every single year and go crazy.
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I am so glad I have never seen anyone wearing a cape. The 'Kiss Me I'm Irish' shirts are bad enough.
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I am so glad I have never seen anyone wearing a cape. The 'Kiss Me I'm Irish' shirts are bad enough.
One year, a dear sweet friend bought me one. she told me it was for st. patricks day. i didnt want to hurt her feelings so i wore it. that shirt became an everyday shirt, to a work shirt, to a sleep shirt, now a "i can't fit anymore but cant part from it because it was a gift from a friend" shirt.
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in Ireland, they don't drink green beer - they consider it an abomination against nature.

instead they dump green food colouring into the River Liffey!

Haha. That I would like to see.

I have to agree with green beer being an abomination. I can not drink it and that is sadly the extent of decorations here. In the 90's we had a fantastic hole in the wall bar. Now we have a chain pub (that has clovers up year round) and the only parades we have in my town are for Christmas and Homecoming. ** ETA: I find that a little strange considering that this area is known for keeping ballads and traditions that died out in Ireland and England many, many years ago** It's house parties, or drinks with friends that are a more normal color.

Sniff. I still want to go out
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I am so glad I have never seen anyone wearing a cape. The 'Kiss Me I'm Irish' shirts are bad enough.
One year, a dear sweet friend bought me one. she told me it was for st. patricks day. i didnt want to hurt her feelings so i wore it. that shirt became an everyday shirt, to a work shirt, to a sleep shirt, now a "i can't fit anymore but cant part from it because it was a gift from a friend" shirt.
Those are sold like hot cakes in every walmart in this area. People (especially the 20 something crowd) swoop in and devour them, in a matter of moments. It's amazing to see how fast they sell out, and the resulting 9000 FB chest shots of the shirt. )
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I have a little Irish on both sides, both Black and white Irish, and I have an uncle from Ireland, so we'll acknowledge it (wear green, mention it, maybe have some potato pancakes or soda bread or something) but that's about it.

Besides the history of St. Patrick itself, the holiday is a little disturbing because in North America, it was used as a demonstration of Irish patriotism in an exclusive and racist way - parades became marches by Irish immigrants against Blacks to prevent them getting the jobs and foothold in society that the Irish wanted. The general acceptance of St. Paddy's day is a mirror of "how the Irish became white."

That being said, I think most people are like Who Me? and don't particularly care about the history of holidays - it's just an excuse for people to come together and celebrate.

As to "looking Irish", you would think that by now people recognize that any nationality or ethnicity can look a variety of ways.
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I have a little Irish on both sides, both Black and white Irish, and I have an uncle from Ireland, so we'll acknowledge it (wear green, mention it, maybe have some potato pancakes or soda bread or something) but that's about it.

Besides the history of St. Patrick itself, the holiday is a little disturbing because in North America, it was used as a demonstration of Irish patriotism in an exclusive and racist way - parades became marches by Irish immigrants against Blacks to prevent them getting the jobs and foothold in society that the Irish wanted. The general acceptance of St. Paddy's day is a mirror of "how the Irish became white."

That being said, I think most people are like Who Me? and don't particularly care about the history of holidays - it's just an excuse for people to come together and celebrate.

As to "looking Irish", you would think that by now people recognize that any nationality or ethnicity can look a variety of ways.
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