Although I'm not that big of a St. Patty's day celebrant, I do have a special place in my heart for Ireland.
During my senior year of high school, I had the opportunity to visit the Republic for about a week.
Let me reminisce for a moment ...
I've always been fascinated with Ireland -- with the Troubles, the religious and political divide, the authors (raise your hand if you love James Joyce! and Oscar Wilde), the people, the coffee, the chocolate (Butler's Irish Creme Liquer, anyone?), the music (I could listen to Bill Whelan's Riverdance for days).
Happy St. Patrick's Day, all!
I leave you with the Pogues (a Christmas song -- but still, one of my favorite Irish songs):