2019 Grateful 42 – Celebrating St Patrick

St Patrick’s Day in Budapest has a long lead-up. From the Embassy’s National Day celebrations on Wednesday evening to the IHBC gala dinner on Saturday night, the parade today – and everything else in between – you need to be made of strong stuff to keep going. I’m feeling my age. Trippin’ the light fantastic isn’t as easy as it once was. I’m always surprised at the local interest in the best known of  Ireland’s three patron saints. A couple of times over the course of the last few days, I was asked to explain why or what we (Irish) celebrate on St Patrick’s Day. His is a story that varies in the telling, but today, I was reminded by the lovely SR about this gem.

Give Up Yer Aul Sins is based on the Academy Award nominated short film by Brown Bag Films. The episodes humorously reenact original recordings of Dublin schoolrooms in the 1960s made by Peig Cunningham and subsequently rediscovered and released by EMI. In each episode, a documentary crew arrives to film the activities of the classroom. The teacher chooses children to retell, in their own imaginative way, the bible stories they have learnt.

In this one, Mary gives us her version of his story.

And while I might be feeling the effects of too many late nights and perhaps a glass or three of wine too many, I’m grateful that being Irish hasn’t lost its sense of fun and that in cities all over the world, the craic was flowing. It does this ageing heart good to feel some universal kinship and to know that as a race, we’re pretty much always invited to the party. Perhaps it’s the stories that make us – and the way in which we tell them.

In this video, kids from Ballybough seem a little fixated with the snake angle. Why? Because they were annoying people:-)

I don’t doubt for a minute that there are cute kids all over the world who can tell a tale or two… but today is Ireland’s day… and these kids are tomorrow’s politicians.

St Patrick's Day Parade Budapest

Photo from Mary Kenny

Kudos to all who made the week/weekend such a success. Thousands of volunteer hours went into making it all happen. Go raibh mile maith agaibh go léir.

2 replies
  1. Debbie Fowler
    Debbie Fowler says:

    Everyone’s Irish on St Patrick’s Day as everyone’s Hispanic on Cinco De Mayo. We all love to celebrate another culture especially if there are drinks and food involved -:)


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