Hail Glorious St. Patrick

At Home Abroad: Hail Glorious St. Patrick
By Regina Costello

A long-awaited day

At last is in sight.

The countdown finally

Comes to an end.

Celebrations of parties, dinners, and fundraisers,

Met with anticipation, excitement and delight.

Demands a month of festivities to accommodate

the myriad of Irish pride, heritage and culture.

Awards bestowed and honors distributed, 

Upon our many Irish leaders.

 

The Claddagh Ring, The Trinity Knot

The Tara Brooch, Ogham pendants,

Connemara Marble,

Irish Flag lapel pins,

Green carnations in place of fresh shamrock

Adorn those who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

 

With a blow of the whistle in the early afternoon    

The 178th Parade commences.

Flurries, hail, rain or snow

The show goes on.  No cancelation.  Ever.

Eager spectators hop on the morning train,

Drivers arrive early, greedy for a good parking spot –

Securing the best viewing stations.

Wrapped up warm,

Wearing layers of green

Flying the flag of all that’s Irish.

 

And they’re off!

People, horses, dogs.

Bands, dancers, floats.

Trucks, cars, motorbikes

Schools, businesses and organizations.

Bag pipes, fifes and drums.

The river of green flows past

A captivated audience

Jubilant at the sight, oblivious to the cold. 

 

Irish pubs and restaurants

Thronged to the gills

Working hard to keep those pints pulled.

Hot plates prepared hastily

Satisfy an excited crowd

Hungry to fill up on

Guinness and Irish stew. 

A long day.  And a longer night. 

 

St. Patrick could never have foreseen

The impact of his life and work

At Home and Abroad.

*Regina is a graduate of History and Philosophy from the National University of Ireland, Galway and a post graduate of Library and Information Studies from the National University of Ireland, Dublin.  She is the former Assistant Librarian of the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin; former Curator of Irish American Archives of the Cleveland History Center; former Executive Director of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Commission and former Executive Director of the Northern Ohio Rose Centre.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland.  She can be reached at rcostello@ameritech.net.

 

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