Léitheoirí Lá Shona Fhéile Pádraig! (Happy Saint Patrick’s Day Readers!)
I hope you are all having a wonderful Saint Patrick’s Day! So normally on Friday I share a book review with you, but with today being Saint Patrick’s Day I wanted to wait and share a special Saint Patrick’s Fandom Day post with you.
This year for me, my Saint Patrick’s Day weekend actually started on Thursday night, for a great concert. For those of you readers who have been with me from the beginning, you’ll know I am not only so proud of my Irish Heritage, but I am also a huge fan of the group Celtic Thunder, and while I love all of the lads in the group, my favorite of them is Irish Tenor, Emmet Cahill. Hailing, from Mullingar in County Westmeath, Ireland, Emmet is a truly amazing singer and performer, but more than that he has a beautiful soul and just a wonderful and fun loving personality.
So, Thursday afternoon my folks and I headed to the St. Barnabas Chapel in Yonkers, NY right on McLean Ave (or Little Ireland as it is lovingly called), for a special benefit concert for the Aisling Irish Community Center headlined by Emmet Cahill. Now, for those of you who have never been to McLean Ave in Yonkers, NY there are Irish pubs and business spread all up and down the avenue. The benefit concert didn’t start till 7pm, so my folks and I took to McLean Ave to find a pub to sit, a few drinks and grab some dinner before we headed to the concert. In our travels, we came across and stopped at Moriarty’s, one of many pubs on McLean Ave. We were greeted by a friendly bartender named Joe, who he himself was from County Wiklow in Ireland. I had the best service and the best food ever while we sat at the bar. When we first got to Moriarty’s, my folks and I were the only ones in the entire place, but slowly the usual crowd started to flow through the door and take their seats at the bar. After dinner, we made our way back to St. Barnabas where we enjoyed a wonderful concert full of great Irish music, from a small group of musicians who played traditional reels and jigs, as well as Emmet Cahill who was joined by the St. Barnabas Children’s Choir for a medley of songs from the film, “The Sound of Music”.
Now, if you thought that my Thursday sounded like a great night, just wait, cause last night was even better! At about 11amEST yesterday my folks and I again ventured south to New York City, where we attended a Meet & Greet with Emmet Cahill, and other members of his street team, at the Westin Hotel in Times Square. After a quick Q&A with Emmet we all gathered for a large group picture and then got some individual pictures with him, where I am thrilled to say that I showed him my progress on a special gift I have been working on for him (don’t worry, I have post coming soon for you all about it). Since we were in the first Meet & Greet session, my folks and I then had plenty of time to make our way to the venue for last night’s concert, and what a venue. Last night was Emmet’s debut at Carnagie Hall where he was accompanied by Seamus Brett on piano, and the Dobyns-Bennett High School Band & Orchestra from Knoxville, TN. What a show, from start to finish the show was sheer perfection and encompassed all that is great about Irish Music. You know it’s a great concert when you leave and you’re not only crying, but your body is still shaking because you’re feeling so many wonderful emotions.
Now, that brings us to today, the grand day itself. Now, in Ireland St. Patrick’s Day is really a religious holiday, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a great full of the craic (fun). For me today, I’ve already watched the coverage of the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and I watched as the Ireland Rugby Team beat England to capture it’s 3rd Six Nation Grand Slam win! I do have to go to church this evening, but then it is off to a huge Saint Patrick’s Day party and staying up late to watch my favorite Irish movies, Darby O’Gil & the Little People (starring Sean Connery) and The Quiet Man (direct by John Ford & starring John Wayne & Maureen O’Hara).
Is there a tradition you have for Saint Patrick’s Day? Do you spend time with the family, or head out to the pub for a few pints (if you;re old enough… lol)? I’d love to hear what your tradtions for Saint Patrick’s Day are, so email me, leave me a comment or post on my Facebook page with #LGMStPaddysDay 🙂
To sign off today, I want to leave you with a traditional Irish blessing:
May your Troubles be Less
Your Blessings be More
And Nothing But
Come Through Your Door
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day Readers, have a great day and I’ll see you next time!