Lets not play to stereotypes and say that every Irishman is an alcoholic. I’m Irish and I wouldn’t say that I was an alcoholic under any circumstance. That being said, we do need to address that I’m a big fan of recreational drinking and I know from first-hand experience that most of my Irish buddies are too. We wear our Irish drinking tees and we drink our dirty Irish whiskey and we have a blast. There’s nothing wrong with that, is there?
Each year we get only one holiday where we can be the heroes. No one thinks about we Sons of the Emerald Isle on the other drinking holidays, do they? We can wear our Irish party shirts, dye our hair red, and dance a jig on the top of the bar and no one would say anything to us. We pull those kind of shenanigans on New Year’s Eve, and we’re likely to spend the night in the slammer.
Why spend our blessed, time-honored Holiday fighting amongst ourselves? Half of us want to party and celebrate while the other half just want to berate us for partying and celebrating. Seems a bit of a shame, doesn’t it? It’s a tale as old as time, though. If you get more than three Irishmen together, they’re sure as rain going to have a tussle.
We should make this year different. The holy rollers should know by now that we’re not going to stop the revelries of St. Patrick’s Day while there is still Irish blood flowing free. I propose a simple solution. A meeting in the middle, as Danny Boy would have liked, is what is in order. We will, of course, continue to drink ourselves green on St. Patty’s Day. The holy rollers, in turn, can sit patiently by the phone for our confessionals before they drive us home.
I’m not giving up the one time of year we get to be the shining, drunken, stumbling stars of the show. Years ago, people would have scoffed at the idea of “Irish pride”. Our people were looked at like vermin. All this time later, we are now treated just like every other red-blooded American. If that’s not a reason to toast our glasses together and slosh beer all over our awesome Irish t-shirts, I really don’t know what is.