The two photos with this blog were taken in 1959 in the parlour of our house at Glencairn St Belfast. It was the last time our whole family gathered with our father. He departed this world the following year in May 1960.
As we near another Saint Patrick’s day I sincerely hope that newspapers like the the Guardian and Journal can fine something a little more intelligent than a barmaid holding a pint of green beer to adorn their front pages. There are always two opposites expressed about Saint Patrick’s Day. One, its a great way to celebrate our Irish heritage. The other is unfortunately more likely to portray the Irish as fond of the drink. It seems too many consider the 17th as an opportunity to spend the whole day drinking beer,(green). Its stereotyping and offensive. I doubt you will find anyone with real Irish Heritage and pride in the pubs or drinking green beer. As a nation Ireland has struggled more than most, yet have spread their knowledge and charm in books, music and theatre throughout the world. The Irish didn’t keep slaves, but they were slaves,They never came as conquerors but know what its like to be conquered. They have never imposed their beliefs on others yet have added greatly to the civilized world. Something you might think about when next you decide to wear the Green. I wish you all a Safe and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day.
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