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St. Pat’s Day During the Coronavirus

 March 17, 2020

If you are married to an Irish American, then St. Pat’s Day is a holiday right up there with Christmas. My Irish American husband was disappointed when restaurants and bars were closed yesterday because of the Coronavirus. So this is how we are celebrating St. Pat’s Day during the Coronavirus.

We have a tradition of going out for an Irish breakfast on St. Pat’s Day before he goes to work, then going out again at night (I’m the designated driver). So this morning I got up and fixed my hubby breakfast with Irish music playing on Sirius XM. Not quite the traditional Irish breakfast, but not too shabby. (The best Irish breakfast we’ve had was provided my husband’s cousin, Joe Russel, in their Belfast home.)

My husband took corned beef into work for his lunch and tonight I’m cooking Shepard’s pie. Click here for the recipe I use.

Here is my husband with some of the Irish memorabilia that has been given to him over the years. What do you give an Irish American who has everything?

Tips for Celebrating St. Pat’s Day during the Coronavirus

If you are stuck at home during this St. Pat’s Day, here are some tips for celebrating.

  • Eat! Nothing like a good breakfast, corned beef and Shepard’s pie to make your day.
  • Drink! What would St. Pat’s day be without some Guiness or Irish whiskey (in moderation!). Yes, that is Irish coffee you see in the picture. My once a year treat. And just think, there is no need for a designated driver. (Irish coffee is easy to make, just add whiskey and heavy cream to your morning coffee. In the absence of heavy cream, Irish cream works just as well. Most recipes include brown sugar, but mine tasted just fine without it.)
  • Listen to Irish music. Sirius XM has a channel dedicated to Irish music.
  • Watch Irish movies. My favorite is The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. There are plenty of good Irish movies available through NetFlix and other providers.
  • Decorate your home with Irish memorabilia. As you can see we are not short in supply. Some people are putting up St. Pat’s day trees.
  • Share an Irish blessing with your family. The Irish are famous for blessings. There are blessings for every occasion, upon arising, before meals, before going out the door, and evening blessings.
  • Read books on Irish history or by Irish authors. One of my favorites is How the Irish Saved Civilization.
  • Read up on Celtic prayers and spirituality.

Perhaps you have some more suggestions. I’d love to hear them.

 

 

Here I am with my favorite Irish man. Note, his shirt says Make St. Patrick’s Day Great Again.

Happy St. Pat’s Day to all. Wishing you the luck of the Irish!


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