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More power to your elbow
March 17, 2013 - Bill Ackerbauer
On this sunny St. Patrick's Day, we have two items in our Sunday Living section about connections between our community and Ireland -- a piece about two people who grew up in the Glove Cities and moved to Ireland in the 1990s, and a McTidbit about an old postcard from Galway that's been back and forth across the Atlantic.
Earlier this week, I solicited some Celtic comments from local folks on Facebook, asking ...
"What do you think has been the greatest contribution of the Irish to world culture?"
Some selected responses:
"Guinness and blarney!"
"James Joyce. But I celebrate him on June 16, not March 17. And Irish dramatists, for sure: Sean O'Casey, Bernard Shaw, Oliver Goldsmith, Sheridan, Synge, Yeats, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Brendan Behan - need I go on?"
"James Joyce. Nothing like his work in all the world. But there's Laurence Sterne and Flann O'Brien and Wm. Trevor, and the poets, Muldoon and Heaney and Mahon. And countless others. And Irish-American writers too, like Wm. Kennedy and Alice McDermott. Oh, and Colm Toibin, who straddles the two continents. I was there cycling in 1974, and the country and the people are still vivid in my mind."
"Who threw the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy's Chowder?"
"Drinking green beer."
"Corned beef and cabbage dinner."
"Laughter. The ability to laugh even in the face of tragedy has saved the Irish time and again. Its a wonderful trait!"
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