Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
From a young age, I have always been in love with Ireland.
One of my first memories is my mother reading a Little Golden Book called Darby O’Gill and the Little People to me when I was very small and seeing the Walt Disney film of it.
Later, I saw another Disney film, The Fighting Prince of Donegal, which appealed to my love of history and I think that cemented my love of all things Irish.
I have proudly worn green every St. Patrick’s Day I can remember, even though I sadly have not been able to discover any Irish ancestry.
My very first trip to Ireland I spent 10 days traveling around the country on trains and buses. That’s when I went to Castle Blarney and kissed the Blarney stone.
Being a huge James Joyce fan (I did my undergraduate thesis on Molly Bloom from his stunning work Ulysses), on Bloomsday, June 16th, at the age of 22, I stood atop the Martello Tower in Sandycove, Dublin, just like Stephen Dedalus in Ulysses. Many years later, my second daughter was born on Bloomsday.
And the reason I decided to do the dissertation for my Ph.D. on Women of the the Abbey Theatre, is that I knew I’d have to spend time in Ireland doing research for it. I spent two glorious summers in Dublin researching and soaking up the Irish countryside.
If I can make it happen, I’d like to ultimately retire to Ireland to write at least part of every year.
So I wish you Happy St. Patrick’s Day and leave you with this Irish Blessing:
Yes Ireland is a love affair. If I was to travel ,Ireland is my first choice. Three of my paternal great grand parents came from Ireland. I don’t know where (we think it probably is Cork,Clare and Limerick) they cane from since my dad was orphaned at 7 and a half. We love reading Irish history,listening to Irish music and watching videos too and we proudly celebrate ST.Patrick’s Day.