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An Irishwoman’s Perspective On St. Paddy’s Day

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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Today is St. Patrick’s Day, but this past weekend was the real party. More than 100,000 people lines Greenville Avenue for the Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Among those revelers was CBS 11 News writer Bronagh Tumulty! While she is a skilled storyteller, she also happens to have been born and raised in Ireland.

While Bronagh is thrilled to be in the United States she does admit that we Americans have a few things to learn about Ireland.

St. Patrick’s Day had many North Texans reflecting on their Irish roots. But others just see this as a day to paint the town ‘green.’

As for her adventures at the parade in Dallas, Bronagh did meet a few people who had visited the old country. Reveler Darren Sheinberg said, “I’ve been to Galway, Dublin, the Cliffs of Moher, Kilkenny, Killarney, up through the bog and everything.”

Other people at the parade weren’t quite sure what the purpose of the event was. One man asked, “is that what this all about, Ireland? I thought it was just a party.”

Some of the smaller revelers had some interesting thoughts on St. Patrick. “It’s where you get to celebrate this place in Irish,” youngster Gabi Vann said matter-of-factly. “I think he led all the rats or something out.”

Despite the botched history lessons Bronagh said she got the chance to see some great, and not so great, Irish dancing! Of course, there was other dancing that was harder to identify – including a dinosaur busting a move.

In the spirit of the day a lot of people gave the Irish accent a go. There were a lot of “top of the morning to ya’s,” being spout.

Being a honest-to-goodness Irishwoman, Bronagh said there were some American things she’d never seen before – like green beer. She learned that one bar achieved the color be mixing in spinach, kale and bits of parsley.

At some point she was even ‘educated’ about the origins of the corn dog – which she was told are authentic Irish cuisine.

So enough with the false impressions an liberal takes on St. Patrick’s Day and tradition. Here are a few things you should know –

  • Don’t get the name wrong. It’s not St. Patty’s Day. It’s St. Paddy’s Day.
  • The day is about keeping the Irish tradition and culture alive.

Ultimately the hope is for the day to be joyful. On that note, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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