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Sláinte Mhaith…again.

Ohhhh, it’s that time again! Grab your green and your Guinness because today we’re all  “Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!” and “Michael Collins was a feckin’ SAINT, I tell you!” and may start drinking at lunch up in here…which is why I’m RECYCLING (for the second year in a row) a post from St. Pat’s Day 2009 on my other blog, Vacuity

Get it?  Recycling = GOING GREEN.  Ahahaha, I crack myself up!  😉


So, I’m married to an Irishman. How Irish, you ask? Well, our last name starts with a vowel, includes an apostrophe and the pronunciation is mangled almost daily. If you sat my full blooded Father in Law in a pub in County Clare, you’d take him for a local. Matter of fact, that’s where “his people” are from. (We know this because they’ve traced it back…WAYYYYY back.)

We have actual Irish friends, too – some living in Dublin and one recently moved from there to Canada. They’ve informed me that this “St. Paddy’s Day” celebration we have here is “absolute bollocks”, “total shite”, and bordering on racist.

(Granted – I had asked Greg to say “They’re always after me Lucky Charms!” just before he said this, so perhaps I was a wee bit responsible for that particular rant…ahem…  For more on Greg and ACTUAL Irish customs as opposed to our made-up ones, read THIS post.)

Be that as it may…but it’s a damn good excuse to drink and have fun, which is precisely what I plan to do at a St. Paddy’s Day Parade this Saturday. Since we gave our son a first name that’s just as Irish as his last name, I sort of feel it’s incumbent on us to immerse him in all the fun that his heritage can offer. And, really – why not?

(I plan to do the same for my Italian side – seriously, how much fun is he going to have stomping grapes? But, I digress.)

I randomly grabbed some Irish tunes in honor of the occasion. There will be more as the week rolls on…the Irish aren’t short on musical talent!

NOTE:  I just realized that quite a few songs that WERE on this playlist have magically disappeared!  Check the other post for more Irish music, though. 😉

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**Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers are legend.
**The Chieftain’s Rocky Road to Dublin is considered by my hubs to be the consummate Irish song. Yep, that’s The Rolling Stones at the end…
**The Pogues & Shane McGowan can do very little wrong in my book.
**The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan’s voice gives me chills, and this live, acoustic version of Zombie? Love.
**Sinead O’Connor is a weird wench, no question…and, as a Catholic, I’m probably supposed to hate her. Meh. She kills it on this song.
**Dropkick Murphys are a little much, but in small doses I dig them.
**The Saw Doctors…dude, I love the Saw Doctors. Thanks again, Greg!
**Flogging Molly is awesome – they’re the bedrock of my housecleaning music. I dare you not to move to these.

There’s a good start to getting into the mood for the holiday. So, hoist a pint, thank the good Saint for taking care of those devilish snakes and dance a few jigs. It’s good for the soul.

Erin Go Braugh, and God Bless the Irish! (…and the “Irish-by-Marriage”…)

3 Responses to Sláinte Mhaith…again.
  1. dipaolamomma
    March 17, 2011 | 2:47 pm

    Spinning the #Irish tunes I give you THE @MusicSavvyMom aka @RiOLaughlin http://bit.ly/fajQBO Nothing says IRISH like The Pouges!

  2. Lara DiPaola
    March 17, 2011 | 2:47 pm

    Spinning the #Irish tunes I give you THE @MusicSavvyMom aka @RiOLaughlin http://bit.ly/fajQBO Nothing says IRISH like The Pouges!

  3. oh_pook
    March 18, 2011 | 8:26 am

    I’m the mirror of you my dear! Born with a fabulous “Mc” in my name and married an Italian, and my Pop was indeed mistaken for a local in Mayo on a vacation there to visit his family.

    great playlist!
    You can never go wrong with plenty of Pogues! unless you sneak Loralei in there *squishyface*
    Sinead throws me back to a day when I too could rock a bald head (or one with just bangs, as was my case)
    The Chieftains were the soundtrack in our home before my eldest brother reached middle school. Mom and Pop may not have been super hip, but I got some good music iin my veins anyway.
    I went to see Dropkick Murphy’s a few years ago. Great show, but was thrilled the venue had a balcony… I’ve no need to be in a Pit ever again!…
    tidbit of useless information
    Dropkick played here on the 12th and Flogging Molly played here on the 14th…both sold out of course… but I found it interesting that Flogging sold out first and they played on a Monday…

    thanks for the recycled post, Ri! Feel free to do it again next year… but maybe throw in some Celtic Storm too…

    this Irish Gal participated in no festivities for St. Pat’s… I have a cold… it sucks

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