When Irish eyes are smiling… they’re usually up to something! At least that’s how the saying goes. Being 75% Irish, I’d have to agree.
St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. Not just because I’m Irish… Not just because I love to drink green beer and Irish whiskey… Not just because the Emerald Isle is one of my favorite destinations in the world… but because everyone gets to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! If you’re not Irish by blood you can still be Irish by association!
In honor of the great, green holiday, I’m listing my favorite things about Ireland and being Irish… Here we go…
Ireland gave the world U2. I’ve been a life-long U2 fan and even got to meet Bono and The Edge after a concert in Fort Worth, Texas. I won’t name the year because that would date me, but I still have the pictures of a young Bono in a dashing green velvet vest and top hat.
Guinness. The best beer I’ve ever had was a pint of Guinness straight from the tap with a shot of black currant. This was at a hotel in Dublin and it was delish. I love a good black and tan and can’t imagine life without the Irish brew.
Irish music is pretty diverse. It can be uplifting and make you want to tap your toes and sing along, while you sip on a pint of Harp. Or, it can be hauntingly beautiful and deeply moving. I love both!
When you’re Irish, people assume you love potatoes. In my case, it’s totally true. I’ve never met a potato I didn’t like. Roasted, fried, baked, loaded, smashed… bring on the spuds! And if you can serve them up next to some beer-battered fish or a hearty serving of corned beef and cabbage, even better!
Leprechauns and Shamrocks! My goal in college was to get a tattoo of a shamrock on my Irish bootie. Unfortunately, with my phobia of needles and a tattoo artist that wouldn’t work on me while I was under the influence of some nerve-calming brew, it didn’t happen. But I still have a love of all things shamrocked and you never know… it could still happen!
Ireland is a gorgeous place to visit. I’ve had the opportunity to tour Ireland twice. The first time I went with my high school dance team. We marched in several St. Patrick’s Day parades around the country. They thought we were the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders. Not gonna lie, it was pretty awesome, at least for a sixteen-year-old. Some of my favorite stops were the Blarney Stone, Newgrange, the Connemara Marble Factory and the Waterford Crystal Tour.
It’s the perfect place for a book setting. How many authors write romance set in Ireland? Not enough! But we’ve got some good ones… from the great Nora Roberts to Maeve Binchy to Susan Wiggs. Bring on the Irish romance!
There are plenty of other fantastic things to toast about Ireland and being Irish. But my Guinness awaits.
So I’ll leave you with a traditional Irish toast…
May you never lie, steal, cheat or drink.
But if you must lie, lie in each other’s arms.
If you must steal, steal kisses.
If you must cheat, cheat death.
And if you must drink, drink with us, your friends.