Guinness, Luke Kelly, and an O’Shea plays O’Donoghues.

I could have titled this post “a few of my favorite things” as Guinness, Luke Kelly, and O’Donoghues near St. Stephens Green, Dublin are indeed among my favorite things on Gods green earth.

You would think Guinness would be self explanatory.

I recently stopped into a small neighborhood Irish pub in Quincy called Paddy Barry’s. Now for some reason I hadn’t visited this spot for a while but stopped by last wednesday night. If you need to kill an hour what’s better than an Irish Pub?

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I had nearly forgot what a perfectly poured pint of Guinness tasted like. Jude the barkeep poured such a pint. No guess work, just the experience of a thousand pints and more poured over the years.


Now the music playing was a nice companion to this old coot and his Guinness, a Pandora selection around the Toby Keith genre, good  country music, not at all unusual for a true Irish bar. In fact it’s more the norm.

Good music, a good chat, a laugh or two, and a Guinness followed by another, now that’s the way to kill an hour.

Now on to the Legend.

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Though the music for the night was country, once my business was done and I was back home this American of Irish descent had a hankering for some classic Irish folk. I know loyal readers of this humble blog know my reverence for the Legend that is Luke Kelly but if someone sings a better version of Raglan road I’ve not heard it.

To wrap up the festivities of the night. I opened an e-mail to find a message from daughter number one. It appears as she readies for studies in Dublin, she just came back from a session. A session in one of my top three Irish pubs in Dublin, O’Donoghues on St. Stephens Green.

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O’Donoghues is famous as the local for the Dubliners, which the aforementioned Luke Kelly was a driving force. To have her play in one of my favorite Pubs on the planet is priceless.


If any one has a favorite pub, musician, or good guinness story, let everyone know about it in the comments.




September 11 2016, Glen Doherty, and the never forgotten.

         Never forgetting the never forgotten

I’ll always remember and never forget those days which can’t be forgotten

Those days where freedom was put to the test by villains, cold and rotten

I’ll never forget or let be forgotten those days of real history

The towers tall, and sky so blue, or the day of infamy

Those days of terror and attack by cowards and fanatics

Who seek to shake our resolve with their terroristic tactics

What they forget these sons of snakes who slither to their leaders

That we the people of these states are endowed by our creator

And this God of nature’s law has given us sweet freedom

Liberty bright, and courage to fight, and fight we will, to beat em

The nazis super human race, thought they would rule the world

They rolled across the western front, their garish flag unfurled

On hallowed ground that now exists, farm boys, fought and died

City slickers gave their lives to stop the genocide

I do not forget the never forgotten and all the things they did

I’ll never forget, the never forgotten, my pride can not be hid

Why they ask, Do you fight so hard for the rights your founders gave you?

Why not give up a little freedom you’ll be safer more, we’ll save you.

I guess it is because I won’t forget what our founding fathers went through

They pledged there lives and their sacred honor and all their worldly fortune

Under penalty of death and torture, they defied the crown

I really couldn’t sleep at night if I was to let them down

So I choose to remember those, that cannot be forgotten

I ask you too, to remember too, It should not be verboten

The current political class you see wants to shame us from our birthright

Divide and conquer, man against man , ah it just doesn’t make me feel right

For in the end we get to work with the tools we have before us

These tools were forged with blood and bone and have hardened in the furnace

With those men who won’t be forgot I won’t forget those tools

The Constitution, with it’s bill of rights, to forget these We’d all be fools.


Written by Brian O’Shea citizen United States of America, Massachusetts division.

Traditional Irish musicians send Caroline O’Shea off to Trinity

What do you get when a traditional Irish flute, whistle, and piper heads off to Trinity College, Dublin, for some masters studies in Literature? Well you get good Traditional Irish musicians playing lively Irish traditional tunes, and, maybe, a full fledge house party.

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What started out as an invite for 6 to 10 musicians blossomed into a full fledge celebration. This was a true American Irish production.

First the relatives started to show up, now I didn’t tell the relatives, but through the wonders of Facebook they received the word. The local cousins all showed, which added another fifteen to the show. Then I get the text that my out of town sister, brother in law, nephew with wife, and rugrat, are on their way over, oh, and our NYC brother is coming by too. That’s great, in a nice way, add another 6.

Turns out my wife mentioned it in passing to her north shore friends who knew they had to give Caroline a great sendoff, add another 6. Then the local friends, local family, and a few neighbors who saw the crowd and headed in. I was sure I didn’t buy enough burger.

Which brings us back to the traditional Irish musicians. The first rule in cooking burgers is don’t leave the food plate near young musicians! Those millennials are good for two or three burgers a piece. I gave strict instructions, get the food past the musicians, I mean the relatives have to eat too.

Well the kitchen is full of my wife’s friends, the family room is full of cousins and family, the back deck is full of my crew, and the musicians have the living room. It’s time, I ask Caroline if her fellow Irish trad players might play? She says sure, not much food left anyway.

And play they did!

It’s hard to describe the treat it is to hear good Irish traditional music played well

The traditional Irish musicians are as follows:

Dan Acardi (fiddle, concertina), Lindsay Straw ( bouzouki, gutar) , Caroline O’Shea (flute, whistle, Pipes) Ben Gagliardi (concertina), Devin McCabe (concertina), Caitlin Finley (fiddle), Andrew Boyd (fiddle), Rebecca McGowan (flute), and Bill DeRusha (whistle). Rebecca is mainly a dancer (a really good dancer!), and so is Hannah Pelton, who was there but just hanging out.

I guess all that food was well worth it, and to be honest I think Dan and Ben were the main culprits on the glutton front. The doorways to the living room were filled with cousins and friends eager to hear but not wanting to interfere. The truth be told there was no way to interfere, in fact they really should have flooded the room and feel the music as well.

To round out the night Grace O’Shea gave a rousing rendition of “Grace” with sister Caroline, and then shed some good country vibe on the crowd with a knockout version of “Jolene”.

This was one good send off, can’t wait for the welcome back party.



Apple Ireland and EU Tyranny

Apple, Ireland, and Eu Tyranny vs, Irish sovereignty.

First off I am an American and if I had my druthers I would rather have all of Apple in the U.S. but, that being said I can not see how Ireland sovereignty needs to be superseded by the centralized government power of the EU.

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But? you may ask? what about that Tax money the EU believes Apple owes Ireland. I mean $14,000,000,000,000 is a lot money, and we are being trained to hate business and profit. If the EU determines a member gave someone a deal shouldn’t that be prevented? My answer is no. The last time I check Ireland was a sovereign nation, and they made decisions with their policies for their own self interest and population.

So I ask ? 

What did Ireland do originally?

  • Ireland gave corporate tax policy to attract high tech business.
  • Ireland made Tax policy to provide jobs to a highly educated workforce.
  • Ireland made Tax policy to ease intellectual exportation and emigration.

Then I ask?

what was the result or Irish policy toward Apple and others

Well let’s look at Apples website and their section on Ireland

Apple is proud to have been doing business in Cork since 1980. We now directly employ over 5,500 people across the country, up more than 30 per cent over the last 12 months. Since 2012 we’ve invested nearly €140 million to develop a modern campus for our fast-growing employee base at Hollyhill, and we are thrilled to be expanding our campus with a new building that will provide stunning new space for 1,000 more employees.


  • Apple is Cork’s largest private employer, the senior management are Irish, and most have been with Apple for over two decades.

  • Apple’s nearly €140 million investment in Cork since 2012 has supported over 2,500 additional jobs locally, providing services such as facilities, catering, security, recruitment, printing, fulfilment and maintenance.

We are thrilled to continue expanding in Cork. Our current building was certified with the “Excellent” rating according to BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), the leading international standard for best practice in sustainable building, and we expect the new building to be just as great.


People forget how many people are staying in Ireland and working on the cutting edge technology of companies like Apple. These employees all make income, they all spend their income, some start other tech companies that again employ other Irish citizens.

To all my American county men who believe Ireland is stealing jobs from The U.S.,  

Ask yourself why?

The answer my friend is not blowing in the wind, the answer is the highest corporate income tax in the modernized world, my question is why would anybody want to headquarter their business here.

So I say support Irish sovereignty, 

Why have a country if you have no control of your own decisions, maybe England had the right idea in regaining their country from the EU.


The greatest Irish vacation ever! starts with one destination.

The greatest Irish vacation, your Irish vacation, starts with one destination!

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What destination is that, You ask?

Well that depends on what you most want to see, but the point is to have one spot, one thing, one place, to use as a focal point of your Irish vacation and build around that.

Now don’t worry we won’t leave you stranded on the road wondering which way to go. We will pick some destinations and build around one central theme being careful not to break my one most important rule for vacationing in Ireland.

The most important rule when visiting Ireland, to have the Greatest Irish vacation;

“Don’t cram too much traveling into too little time”

Destinations for a great Irish vacation.

Pick a region. I would say to narrow it down to a specific town if you can, but if you want a feel for Ireland pick a region.

The southeast,

  • Fly into Dublin stay a day or two, checkout Kilmainham jail, a session in O’Donoghues Pub, shop a bit on Grafton street, learn the bus schedules, golf at Portmarnock at 200 euro a round.
  • Head south to Wicklow. Visit the Powerscourt gardens, Powerscourt waterfall, and my favorite the Powerscourt golf course. Stay in the pleasant village of Enniskerry. Take a trip out to Glendalough monastery and St. Kevins church. Travel through the Wicklow Moutains and forest preservation. Visit the Avoca village.
  • Head south to Killkenny the home of Smithwicks ale, would be a shame not to sample. head to Cleeres Pub home of the longest running session in Ireland. Maybe head out on a river adventure with go with the flow river guides. Kilkenny city will have lots of people watching, pubs, restaurants, not to mention castles, museums, cathedrals, and of course summer festivals.
  • Now if I’m in Ireland for ten days I think I have probably filled 8 of them in just these three stops. I suppose if I were ambitious I would head on down to Waterford and back up the coast to Wexford as I continued back to Dublin through Bray and Howth. Waterford and The Copper coast have a plethora things to do, from eight family friendly beaches, kayaking along ocean caves, shore fishing, rock fishing, or charter boats. Maybe check out road bowling, maybe put a wager down on the local champ. Perhaps you want to go fly a kite, well go to the Duncannon Kite festival in Wexford

Now here’s the thing, the best times I’ve had traveling in Ireland, the greatest Irish vacations, have been in unexpected places with unexpected people. If you spend all your time in museums and tours or on tour buses or rental cars you tend to drive right past these possibilities.

I had planned to layout the different sections to checkout in Ireland breaking it down into four or five sections. but having gone from Dublin to Wicklow, down through Kilkenny, to the coast to Waterford, then north through Wexford and Back to Dublin, I’m spent.

If your travels take you to Dublin try checking out what the east and Copper coast have to offer, I think you’ll be amazed.

Next post the South coast of Ireland





Strike a blow for freedom this 4TH of July.

Strike a blow for freedom!

These days people think you are some sort of radical if you decide to celebrate the freedom fought for and attained by generations past. I believe it is the exact opposite. The radicals are those who wish to fundamentally change the values that make us uniquely American.

Now when I refer to striking a blow for freedom it may be a little different than some may think. I remember seeing a movie reel of President Harry Truman taking a shot of whiskey and saying “Strike a blow for freedom boys”. It always stuck with me.

I like the everyday man in the president. I liked that you could and should celebrate the freedom we enjoy here in America.

I have come to expand the types of libation used in this salute tho the good old U S of A. This must be where my love of a good pint and the right to live free intersect. I remember back in Ronald Reagan’s presidency there was a bitter fight between Reagan and the Congress. The government shut down, in theory. So on that  day in August under a beautiful blue sky I celebrated with a toast to freedom. For in the end We are the government not the bureaucrats or politicians. I rather liked that none of these office dwellers could influence my fate, even if it was only a day.

Now I know that rules exist for the safety and well being of we the people. I know that in order to provide a more peaceful union such laws are implemented. I fear that by today we have so many laws, regulations, ordinances, that some people can be attacked for doing very normal things, but I digress.

  • Today I wish to raise a toast and strike a blow for freedom to all those that get up everyday  and play by the rules.
  • I wish to strike a blow for freedom to those that create and play all the beautiful music I have been so lucky to hear.
  • I wish to strike a blow for freedom for all those that get off their duff and vote.
  • I wish to strike a blow for freedom for all those who have been told to shut up but talk anyway.
  • I wish to strike a blow for freedom to those who fight for my freedom, our freedom every day.

So it is with great pleasure that I raise my glass and show the words written so many years ago, that some would have you forget, and strike a blow for freedom.

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The Declaration of Independence

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

Happy Independence Day. Oh hell let’s do the full monty. And remember to read the list of signers to the Declaration of Independence who with their pledge risk their very lives;

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

Column 2
North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

Column 3
John Hancock
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Column 4
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean

Column 5
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark

Column 6
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton


Why Irish eyes are smiling.

Irish eyes are smiling for the views they get to see

Irish eyes are smiling cause it’s where they wish to be

I envy those eyes that ramble through the glens, the meadows, and hills

I envy those eyes for sights so beautiful, up your back they send a chill


Of history past where heroes walked and their deeds were written down

And songs were sung of their bravery done against the royal crown

To walk the steps to the GPO or ponder by a strand,

freedom won, not to be out done, no feeling could be more grand


My Irish eyes in disguise from emigrant relations past

have seen some things amazing to me, and will always last

I have seen the Harp of Brian Boru in Trinity’s sacred hall

I have seen the spots we tourist must, and really had a ball


The Guinness House, the Cliffs of Moher, castles and spires tall

Hotels four stars with polished bars and gourmet feast and all

But the sights these Irish eyes enjoyed, much more than any other

Were the simple times spent with friends or golfing with my brother


Chats on end in cozy pubs, once we passed the locals approval

Or a simple pint at the end of the night regretting our removal

The times I spent with with some old gent hearing about Kinsale

It made me feel so welcome there like a brother of the gale


My travels fun have led me by these favorite things of mine

none of which can possibly beat a sweet and cold ninety nine

So to conclude this interlude of all things Irish, I do love

Ireland has and will always be, the best work, of the One Above

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Irish things to do for the summer, the best Irish things..

Irish things to do.

what Irish thing to do today?

Ah the lazy, hazy, crazy, days of summer are upon us. So of course I wish to put an Irish bent on Irish things to do. The best Irish things to do of course.

Irish things to do:

Find a festival.

If you happen to be traveling to Ireland there are a myriad of festivals, from plowing competitions, to potato festivals, to art festivals, feises and fleadhs. Find the one you like the best. Some are small and intimate and some are large extravaganzas like the Galway Arts festival, but small or large there is fun to be had.

If you are staying near home don’t fear as their are plenty of Irish fairs that take advantage of the summer weather. The fairs are nice but they do take a time commitment and sometimes I’m in the mood for something a little more laid back…so…..

Find some Irish music.

There is always some Irish music playing near you, sometimes you are lucky and a day of Irish music will come to town, like the CelticfestMilton which is playing June 26 2016 in Milton, ma.

My favorite Irish music opportunity is to find a good session. Now good session means different things to different people, but nothing screams contentment like great old Irish tunes being played well by great musicians. If you are in the Boston area checkout these venues for a good Irish session:

The Burren Somerville

The Druid Cambridge

The Brendan Behan Jamaica Plain

and for good singing acts Mr. Dooleys Boston has plenty of Boston’s best.


Now if you are looking for maybe the best of Irish things to do and maybe you don’t want to travel you might consider your own Irish music festival.

My favorite music selections and libations for my personal Irish festival

The Ivy leaf trad music, really good, with one or two songs as well, but mainly instrumental this link will take you to their site and you can buy their music if you choose

Once you have a nice base of trad it’s time for the Irish music legend Luke Kelly, I like Luke Kelly’s greatest hits but you can’t go wrong with anything from the legend who was Luke Kelly.

Then you have other choices to steer your Irish festival, these are your Irish things so what direction you go in is up to you. Maybe, Women of Irish music, Mary Black, Frances Black, Delores Keane. Maybe a bit new wave with Luka Bloom or Lunasa. Maybe a little rockier with the Cranberries or the Corrs, or full on rock with Rory Gallagher or Thin Lizzy. Then there are always the Chieftains, Van Morrison, Paddy Reilly, or the Undertones.

Once you have your music selections you going to need some food and libation.

There is a great book A course called Ireland about traveling Ireland and golfing where the author describes a meal served to his group in an upscale hotel,

“each table was brought the same sides to share along with carrots and greens came a generous helping of au gratin potatoes, a banquet sized bowl of boiled potatoes,and a baked potato for each of us.” I knew I’ld been in Ireland too long when three sides of potatoes didn’t strike me as funny, but in the face of so much starch, the guy next to us stopped the waitress and asked her to please bring him a bowl of french fries. It was almost enough to make me reach for the carrots, but I didn’t.”

So pick you favorite starch cooked your favorite way, maybe for the summer a good potato salad is appropriate, and a bowl of crisps as well, go full on Irish and get the new large sized bag of Taytos brand crisps.

Now my old friend Alfie, who is dearly missed, would throw a bit of goat on the grill, but, it’s your party so pick your main meal as you like, these days you can get Irish sausages and rashes from any good grocer. Since I’m an American of Irish descent, I’ll add the American stables of Steak tips and chicken tenderloins, hot sausage, and grilled veggies.

Now what to wash it all down with?

White lemonade, sure,

Club soda? sure, but I’ll have a lemon club, though most like the orange.

Lucozade? not really my cup of tea.

Tea? always appropriate, my choice is Barrys Gold.

Then of Course you could have a nice pint of stout.

Then again a nice cold ale might hit the spot, in moderation of course.

I’ll confess to enjoying a good Pepsi with my grill feast, not very Irish, that seems to come later, a few good stouts or ales, always enjoyable.

After a Guinness or Smithwicks or Magners, or Beamish, maybe a wee taste of a good Irish cream. The king is Baileys but the best may be Coole Swan give her a try.

So when you’re looking for nice Irish things give these a try or suggest your own.



Irish means different things to different people.

Hi again, this wee post is for those Irish that can be a bit confused by the different things the world considers Irish. For Irish means different things to different people.

Irish means different things to different people

What do you mean you’re Irish.











I was helping out at an Irish festival over the weekend, when I checked in to the volunteers center for my credentials, an office full of women originally from Ireland asked me “So were are you from” I told them from Hyde Park, they all laughed. Not the kind of belittling laugh you get for being a fool, but the kind of laugh that says ” Oh my God this man isn’t trying to be something he’s not”. For Festivals are full of people who are Irish, but Irish means different things to different people.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love the fellas that think they are Irish, They think they are Irish with all their hearts, but in truth they are descendants of Irish. Descendants of Irish whose parents never let that island west of Britain out of their hearts. Parents who kept alive the songs and stories and food and drink and laughter and knowledge of a tyrannical government, and it’s power to destroy lives. Their Prodigy and the sons and daughters of their prodigy make up these festivals, and much of the Town I love so well, as well. For full disclosure I lie among them, generation upon generation, upon generation, upon generation removed from those who first stepped upon America’s shores. I only ask a few things of those who would be Irish.

  1. If you are in your homeland, be it America, Australia, England, Canada, etc. It’s ok to say you are Irish. It’s what delineates us from other peoples who have different backgrounds, but in the end we are of our country, of Irish descent of course.
  2. If you are lucky enough to travel to Ireland, know you are in a sovereign country full of Irish citizens and you are from another country. You are a descendent. The funny thing is the less you push your Irishness on your Irish brethren, the more they will tell you “Sure your Irish”. Hey go figure.
  3. Know that Irish means different things to different people. I have met people around me who believe they are Irish. They believe it in their souls. Though I think they are full of shells, they really enjoy it so, what harm will it cause me to look the other way. For to them Irish is a dream, it lets them escape to places they will hopefully, someday visit.
  4. Then there is the green beer and funny leprechaun crowd, enough said. Though a leprechaun can cause havoc if you rub him the wrong way.

The best are the Irish who know how to play good Irish music. Yes this festival was full of good Irish music. There were the Wolfetones celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Proclamation, Brilliant as always.

There was John McDermott from Danny Boy fame who was as clear and crisp as any of his CD’s.

There were East coast favorites like DEVRI the self proclaimed Irish country band, belting out Irish standards and a few Haggard tunes as well. Thank you Declan and Stevie and the boys.

A good time was had by all, and this humble writer of this humble blog did his best to park cars as Mr. Pat Walsh instructed me to do so. I may have veered off of my instructions from said Pat Walsh a little, for I didn’t want to tell the patrons of the festival to get their feckin cars out of the entrance, but I did my best, as well as an American of Irish descent could do you know/

Memorial day 2016

While the current occupant of the White House decides to visit Japan this Memorial day Season I wish to apologize to all World War II Vets still alive as they were the ones who had to fight the Imperial Japanese

I suppose we are to forget “The Day that will live in infamy”, the sneak attack on           Pearl Harbor.

I suppose we are to forget the Bataan Death March

I suppose we are to forget Nanking

I suppose we are to forget how Japan handled civilians, from The website

They shot any man, woman, child, cow, hog, or just about anything that moved, They raped any woman from the ages of 10 – 65, and before burning the town they thoroughly looted it.”

He continued, writing in his unpublished memoir, “None of the humans shot were buried either, but were left to lay on the ground to rot, along with the hogs and cows.”


The Japanese marched into the walled city of Nancheng at dawn on the morning of June 11, beginning a reign of terror so horrendous that missionaries would later dub it “the Rape of Nancheng.” Soldiers rounded up 800 women and herded them into a storehouse outside the east gate. “For one month the Japanese remained in Nancheng, roaming the rubble-filled streets in loin clothes much of the time, drunk a good part of the time and always on the lookout for women,” wrote the Reverend Frederick McGuire. “The women and children who did not escape from Nancheng will long remember the Japanese—the women and girls because they were raped time after time by Japan’s imperial troops and are now ravaged by venereal disease, the children because they mourn their fathers who were slain in cold blood for the sake of the ‘new order’ in East Asia.”

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So on this Memorial Day I wish to Honor those that serve

I wish to honor those that served

I wish to honor those that served and died

I wish to honor those that served and survived

I do not wish to apologize to japan

I do not wish to take blame for japan’s Imperial appetite that woke The Sleeping Giant

I do not wish to apologize for the attacks on Japan

I do wish to apologize for my current president and lack of sympathy for American Veterans.