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"Is it truly Irish?"

March 17, 2013

I have a number of Irish friends from accross the sea, born and raised on the "emerald isle." Some things that irritate them about the way we here in America celebrate S....

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Mar-17-13 7:40 AM

Lighten up, Francis.

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Mar-17-13 8:09 AM

Frank, The Pagans and Druids here don't want to know all that, they just want another excuse to drink too much, as if they needed one. It is a shame that people these days don't care why they are celebrating as long as they have a designated day to do it. Talk of religion might put a damper on the drunken debauchery. I on the other hand appreciate the reminder of what is really being celebrated.

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Mar-17-13 9:16 AM

Any culture, religion, philosophy that exists for any period of time will experience change. That change will be even more pronounced if said culture, religion, philosophy is transplanted to other areas of the world.

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Mar-17-13 9:41 AM

When the Irish first arrived they were discriminated against. Now, we celebrate "Irish", with which I also celebrate.

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Mar-17-13 1:35 PM

Liked your comment David.

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Mar-17-13 2:35 PM

The "faux pas" (not faux paux), as you put it, is actually yours. You claim it's St. Patty's, because there are no "D"s in Patrick. Did you know, however, that the Gaelic (read: Irish language) spelling of Patrick is Pádraig? So really, there IS a "d". Patty is a girl's name. Paddy is short for Patrick. Before you go speaking for all of Ireland, make sure you know your facts.

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Mar-18-13 1:37 AM

We gonna tackle Cinco de Mayo next? It seems to me all the celebratory events through the years have become flawed in how or why we observe them. Things get bastar*_ized to the point the original reason for celebrating anything has become lost or cheapened. I realize there's a lot of lore behind some of these events, but commercializtion has diluted their true meaning.

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Mar-18-13 10:00 AM


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Mar-25-13 10:14 PM

Well, speaking as an Irish person born and bred, this article is completely wrong. Ireland is not that religious any more, so the main aspects of the day are parades for families and drinking. Some Irish people will go to Mass on St. Patrick's day, but the religious aspect isn't important to most people. Also, it is St. Patty's day that is annoying to us, not St. Paddy's day, as when a person's name is Patrick it is usually shortened to Paddy in this country. St. Patty's is completely an American invention, and just don't use it here please, it makes us cringe...

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