Irish eyes are smiling and here’s why

Today I’m going to dispel some of the myths of the Irish who once upon a time over a thousand years ago, fled Europe, from the Scandinavian peninsulas and from the Germanic regions, and then still later, from the British. Well, how did you guess? Most of you have, like me, seen dozens of movies in which hard-working Irishmen, over the centuries, have been cruelly mistreated by their colonial overlords on the British Isles.

There’s one myth well worth exploring about the Emerald Isles. Those of you who have an interest in Irish culture and, like me, their heritage, may want to explore this, and then leave a comment or two to either dispel or support this legend. Other than that I’m not going to say another word on this, apart from what you’re about to read here.

The legend of Patrick

Most devout Irish Catholics, and many more still who, perceptively enlightened, no longer go to church on Sundays, may be able to enthusiastically wax lyrical about this masterful tale, something for which old Irish codgers had been famous for telling. Some still do it.  Now, have you ever wondered why there’s not a single snake, symbolic of Satan in the Garden of Eden, on the island? The story goes that when St. Patrick first made his way over to Ireland, once landed and in a fit of anger, drove all the snakes into the sea, never to return again. He bypassed the Scottish Hebrides for some reason or another which is why, I suppose, the Loch Ness monster still swims about peacefully in his great lake.

Going to country fairs, even in the urban cultural centers of Galway and the nation’s capital, Dublin, is still very much a tradition, so much so that folks, young and old, and from all walks of life will be visiting a fair at least once every other month. One reviewer at the Pole Saw Report seems to believe that this preoccupation belongs in a bygone era. He couldn’t be more wrong.

Trust the Irish

And at these legendary fairs doth the drunken Irish tag along. Now that’s a myth if ever there was one. Yes, it’s true to say there was the drunken Irish, but in order to overcome their hardships, they had the perfect excuse to drown in their sorrows and for ever more wonder what the heck was meant by the next myth of the luck of the Irish.

Today’s Irish, having learnt good habits from their forefathers, are a resourceful lot. Unlike the Greeks who are still spending money like there’s no tomorrow and like it grows on trees, yet another myth, the Irish overcame austerity measures, bit the bullet and pulled their weight, so much so that now Ireland has one of the fastest growing economies of the Western world and just about every second major multinational company known to mankind wants to invest their shareholders’ dollars there. Perhaps one should be saying instead; trust the Irish.