The 10% of the U.S. population with Irish ancestry (which is more than the entire population of Ireland), I believe, are well aware that the U.S. celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day is not the same as it is in Ireland. And so, I’m keeping the post apolitical and posting a few of my favorite Irish-themed (or at least green clothing) selfies.
Next year, I will be prepared to post about my favorite Irish writers, musical artists, and the rest. Thursday was a long day–teaching two classes from 9-10:45 and 11-12:25, then student conferences from 1 to 6:45 pm–so I didn’t have time to prepare my favorite Irish things.
In my Shakespeare class, I did ask the bonus point Question: Who is Shakespeare’s only Irish character? Answer: (You can read an old post I wrote for the Shakespeare Standard for St. Patrick’s Day several years ago to find the answer.)
In British Literature 1, I played some of my favorite Celtic songs (both traditional and contemporary, and with artists from Ireland, the U.S., and Canada) in the background as the students did group work:
- The Pogues’ “If I Should Fall From Grace From God” and “Dirty Old Town”
- Spirit of the West’ “If Venice is Sinking” and “Home for a Rest”
- Ashley Macisaac at 2010 Toronto Pride Festival and “Sleepy Maggie”
- Thin Lizzy’s “Whiskey in the Jar”
- Flogging Molly’s “Drunken Lullabies”