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  2. My mother told me when I was young that we didn't need to celebrate St. Patricks Day, that it was for people who weren't Irish who wanted to be Irish. Haha. We weren't Catholic at that time (Irish g-grandfather excommunicated...).  When my mother did convert & sent me to Catholic school, I think there were a few times I was forced to attend Mass.  Being a devout atheist at the time, I resented this.

  3. In Chicago St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by politicians marching in parades, frat boys getting wasted, and the city dies the river green... Someone remarked that you have to roll up your windows and lock your doors because of all the scary white people roaming the streets...

So, I'm a certain percentage Irish and have had Catholicism thrust upon me, but I've not had good experiences with this holiday.  I usually end up just having a Guinness and watching reruns of Ballykissangel.  But I do that a lot anyway. :)

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire
by p------- on Fri Mar 17th, 2006 at 01:16:50 PM EST
Do not get me started on Irish-Americanism. Please.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Mar 17th, 2006 at 01:25:30 PM EST
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Well, let's not lump everyone together, now.  I'm Irish-American.  

But through some bizarre combination of not looking it (apparently we are "black Irish" whatever that means - dark hair I guess) and not having been raised Catholic, we managed to escape that quintessintial Irish-American social thing.  Instead was brought up on liberal pagan stuff.  Bizarre...  But in all fairness, my family did not completely avoid the stereotype.  My grandfather was involved in some organized crime & worked for Kennedy. hahaha... And unfortunately there is a bit of the alcoholism in the fam... :(

But yeah, the Irish-Americans...  sigh...

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

by p------- on Fri Mar 17th, 2006 at 01:48:01 PM EST
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