Erin Go Braghless

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, arguably my least favorite holiday of the year. It’s chock full of Irish people and Irish wannabes, lousy drunks, and awful food. That said, there are ways you can celebrate without peeing your pants – or someone else’s.

Learn the History. I’m not going to avoid the fact that there are an increasing number of people who feel that non-Irish people celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is tantamount to cultural appropriation. I haven’t truly made up my mind on this and I have children whose 23andMe results indicate they are 74% Irish. For our family, comprised of last names like Milligan, Keating and Keane, this is a celebration of a real heritage and history.

As I mentioned, though, I do think it’s important (and respectful) to learn who St. Patrick actually was along with the history of why this day exists. I believe that learning the history and avoiding these mistakes and faux pas is important but I also think that, just like any other holiday, North America has adopted its own way of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

Yeah, by drinking too much, singing too poorly, and vomiting on your neighbor’s dog.

9 thoughts on “Erin Go Braghless

  1. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Wyatt. I have Pierce and Thacher (English) on my mom’s side and Fergesen (Scottish) and Sullivan (Irish) on my dad’s side. Not much Irish but enough to celebrate and eat some soda bread. I am pretty much your typical WASP.


  2. I am Irish, Scotch & German. Have never gotten drunk on green beer, prefer my corn beef from a Jewish deli and make delicious boxtys.


  3. I’m a “Heinz 57,” several branches in my family tree (contrary to popular belief), so I’ll just say “I’m Texas-American” when someone asks. Happy St. Patty’s Day to all the Irish and the wannabes.


  4. I know I’m 50% Irish…Ancestry DNA results pending for the rest…can’t wait to see what kind of mongrel I am…


    1. My Ancestry DNA results showed: United Kingdom – 64%; Scandinavia – 17% (A total surprise); Ireland – 9% (Thought it would be a lot higher); Iberian Peninsula – 4; Europe West – 3%; Europe East – 2%; Other – 1%


  5. Ronni – Father’s side is Irish/English, mom’s side is Slovak. I didn’t really know my paternal grandparents, so I sided with the Slovak side.

    Cathy – My MIL came over for dinner. (Her maiden name is Lee, so mega-Irish). They had corned beef and cabbage – I passed – and my MIL said she was getting tired of eating alone since Dad passed.

    Tam – There’s a post here?

    TXNick – Well, Slovakia was overrun by Hapsburgs, Nazis, Soviets, and every other bully on the block, so who knows what my DNA says?

    Doc – Not sure I want to know what mine says. It’ll be something like Russian or one of those other loser countries,


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