Luck o’ the Irish

Ladies and gentlemen.  Boys and girls.  Prepare your pinching fingers.

St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us and that means that we are scrambling to find that one green shirt that we keep just for this day (even Spongebob gets into the spirit).

What started out as a religious holiday to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland has turned into a fun, international holiday to celebrate the Irish culture.

And to help everyone here @ SGSS get into the Irish spirit, I want to remind people of a hilarious play that we saw last year about the side-splitting exploits of a certain Irish youth by the name of Christy Mahon.

Playboy of the Western World was written by Irish playwright John Millington Synge in the early 1900s.  First performed in Dublin, this play wasn’t exactly appreciated at first.  In fact, its “immoral” story of attempted patricide and the fact that it allowed women to parade around the stage in little more than their shift (a type of undergarment), caused the theater goers to riot.  And it didn’t fare much better in the United States a couple of years later.  But it was brilliant.  And if you haven’t seen this Irish treasure, you should. Below is the link to the video of photographer Padraig Kennelly as he recounts the 1961 production.


And if plays just aren’t your thing, then check out these other great Irish stories!

Kay Warrick, a lonely girl living in a modern city, is haunted by inexplicable dreams of a past she does not know.  When she receives a parcel in the mail telling of old Celtic legends, she realizes that the key to her dreams lies in Ireland.

Her quest draws her into a doomed world of an ancient Irish race which has lost its four treasures of power: the Sword, the Spear, the Cauldron and, most important, the Stone of Destiny.  In a land of turmoil and sorcery, Kay and her young companion Aherne set out to find the treasures.

Amidst the beautiful setting of ancient Ireland the powerful Druids plan and plot while Kay is captured in a web of adventure full of bravery, treachery and romance.






“A miserable childhood is bad enough. A miserable Irish childhood is worse. But a miserable Irish Catholic childhood is the worst of all”.





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