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The Wearin' of the Green: A PR Triumph

 
 
Noddy24
 
Reply Sat 17 Mar, 2007 06:59 am
I have no patience with the IRA--or for that matter with the militant Orangmen.

I do have a great deal of admiration for the way that the Irish have nestled in to the American mainstream moving from "No Dogs or Irish Welcome" to "Everyone's Irish on St. Paddy's Day".

March 17 could be the first Civil Rights Holiday.




Quote:
The Wearing of The Green


by Dion Boucicault (1820-1890)



O Paddy dear, and did you hear the news that going round?
The shamrock is forbid by law to grow on Irish ground;
St. Patrick's Day no more we'll keep, his colours can't be seen,
For there's a bloody law against the wearing of the green.
I met with Napper Tandy and he took me by the hand,
And he said, "How's poor old Ireland, and how does she stand?"
She's the most distressful counterie that ever yet was seen,
And they're hanging men and women for the wearing of the green.

Then since the colour we must wear is England's cruel red,
Sure Ireland's sons will ne'er forget the blood that they have shed.
You may take a shamrock from your hat and cast it on the sod,
It will take root and flourish there though underfoot it's trod.
When law can stop the blades of grass from growing as they grow,
And when the leaves in summer-time their verdure dare not show,
Then will I change the colour that I wear in my caubeen
But 'till that day, please God, I'll stick to wearing of the green.

But if at last our colour should be torn from Ireland's heart,
Our sons with shame and sorrow from this dear old isle will part;
I've heard a whisper of a land that lies beyond the sea
Where rich and poor stand equal in the light of freedom's day.
O Erin, must we leave you driven by a tyrant's hand?
Must we ask a mother's blessing from a strange and distant land?
Where the cruel cross of England shall nevermore be seen,
And where, please God, we'll live and die still wearing of the green!
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sat 17 Mar, 2007 07:07 am
Slainte a's beannachtam na Femle Padraig, Noddy!

(And I ain't even Irish.)
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Sat 17 Mar, 2007 07:19 am
Merry Andrew--

...and the Top o'the Morning to you.
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Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Sat 17 Mar, 2007 07:28 am
God invented whiskey to keep the Irish from ruling the world....
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Sat 17 Mar, 2007 07:58 am
BPB--

Perhaps he did. I can remember in the '40's when "drunken Irishmen" and "Paddy Wagon" were matter-of-fact vocabulary words and St. Patrick's Day meant extra police on duty when the bars finally closed.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sat 17 Mar, 2007 02:28 pm
Funny thing, Noddy -- when I first saw the title of your thread, I read it just as you had intended, i.e. translated the 'PR' as public relations. I look at it now and I think you're talking about interest rates. (No, I haven't had any John Jamison's today! Smile)
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Sat 17 Mar, 2007 02:49 pm
Merry Andrew--

Just another symptom of your feverishly cluttered brain.
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