March is for the Irish and we should think about all the contributions that the Celtic people have made to world culture throughout history. For such a small island,
has made an enormously
large contribution to the world of literature, art and music, in both the Irish
and English language. Ireland
Irish Theatre began in the 1600 but became of age with emergence of George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde and the establishment in
in 1899 of the Irish Literary Theater later to become the famous Abbey Theater,
performing plays by W.B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, John Millington Synge and Sean
O’Casey. In the Twentieth Century, Samuel Beckett, Brendan Behan, Brian Friel,
Frank McGuiness and many more came into prominence. Dublin
Irish dance dates back to the Twelfth Century. The Irish Reels, Jigs and Hornpipes noted to be danced in
Galway in the 16th
Century with different styles all across the country. All of this brought
Michael Flatly & Jean Butler into international acclaim. Riverdance and
Lord of the Dance had world wide success.
When we talk about Irish in Music, we cannot forget George M. Cohen, Bing Crosby, Dennis Day, Carmel Quinn and Rosemary Clooney. There are so many, that I cannot begin to write them all down.
In Literature, Eugene O’Neill, F.Scott Fitzgerald, William Kennedy, Frank McCourt, Tom Clancy and so many more.
In the Media, there are Ed Sullivan, Phil Donahue, Chris Matthews, Bill O’Reilly just to name a very few.
And of course I have to include one of my favorites, Paul McCartney. Paul was with his new Band Wings when he released ”Give Ireland Back to The Irish”. The song was written in response to Bloody Sunday in
Ireland Jan 30, 1972. Paul was told not to
release it, that it would be banned and not good for his image. Paul felt so
strongly about what had happened that he forced its release. The song which was
banned from the , The United
and Independent Television Authority, still made it to the public. It was #1 in
the Luxembourg . Also, one of the band members
was badly beaten by a group of Protestants in Republic of Ireland . Paul McCartney who was born in Belfast
was one Hell of an Irishman. Liverpool, England
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit
La ale-lah paw-rig son-ah ditch
Correspondence Secretary & Irish Man of the Year 2013
-- Frank Darcy