It’s all things Irish at this time of year, St Patrick’s Day is on Thursday March 17th and for a lot of people in the World they can claim they are a little bit Irish.
I do miss St Patrick’s Day in Dublin; the green milkshakes, the parade with my family (my Dad carrying a step ladder for us to be able to see), the music, the craic and of course the day off work when I got older. The festival seems to get bigger and better each year. The first year we went to the parade in Brisbane it kind of reminded me of a parade in a country town in Ireland but instead of tractors there were utes!
When you think of Ireland you think of green fields, strange sounding names, potatoes, thick accents with interesting phrases and of course the Guinness.
Yes the fields are green, yes it’s the best place in the World to enjoy the creamy meal that is a pint of the black stuff and yes we enjoy potatoes. Potatoes come in many forms in Ireland; mashed, roasted, boiled, baked, but my favourite is fresh cooked chips. Seriously if the Italians in Australia cooked chips the same way as the Italians in Dublin do you’d understand why we love them so much. Why the Italian connection to chips – we don’t even know?
As for the names, there’s Aoife (Eefa), Siobhan (Shuvaun), Niamh (Neeve), Grainne (Grawnea, or as my Aussie friends say Good on Ya’) and of course Ciara (Keera). At this stage I accept any version of Ciara that is offered to me, I can understand the confusion.
Then there’s the thick accents with the interesting phrases:
- What’s the craic? – How are things going?
- What’s the story? – same as what’s the craic
- That’s banjaxed! – broken
- Go way outta that! – I don’t believe you
- Me arse you did! – I don’t believe you did that
- Donkeys years – a long time
- The press – the cupboard
- I’m wrecked – exhausted
- The heel of bread – the crust
- Minerals – soft drink
- Messages – groceries
- Ossified – very drunk
- The fear – hungover
- A terrible dose – a cold
- I will yea or I will in me arse – I won’t (there’s a lot of sarcasm used!)
So how do we celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Brisbane? It’s important to me that the girls know they are Irish, even though they are growing up in Australia. We will have some Irish pancakes (pancakes made with spinach), check out the Irish festival which is on in the City (we missed the parade because it was on 12th March – seriously that’s 5 days too early) and hopefully I will enjoy a pint of Guinness. Of course we will also have some variety of potatoes!
One final thing I want to say. I’m very confused as to why Aussie’s call it St Patty’s Day?? We refer to it either as St Patrick’s Day or St Paddy’s Day. In Ireland Patty would most likely be the shortened version of Patricia so unless St Patrick was actually a woman I don’t know who this Patty is?
So on Thursday don some green, enjoy the craic and be that little bit Irish for a day.