God and Mary and Patrick be with you all this day

I can think of nothing to say on this St. Patrick’s Day that isn’t said far better by this video.

The little girl is Emma Sophia, she’s 4 years old and she lives in Kinsale in County Cork. She’s become a bit of an Internet star during the pandemic, but as you see, it hasn’t spoiled her a bit.

Blarney Castle, March 17, 2019.

Blarney Castle, March 17, 2019.

The rest of us haven’t had a proper St. Paddy celebration this year or the last, but here’s a picture from the one two years ago, which I spent in Waterford, Blarney and Killarney.

In fact, two pictures from that day — one taken of Blarney Castle, and the other of a tall fella I encountered in Killarney. The parade had just ended, and he was letting folks have their pictures taken with him. Looks like someone who’d be kind to Americans, doesn’t he? Don’t ask me to explain the costume on the lady posing with him. A man in the same garb was taking the picture — there had been a whole troop of them in the parade…

Actually, I now realize I shared these same pictures, or ones very like them, last year. Oh, well — this holiday is all about tradition, so I don’t mind repeating myself. Ignore me, and go back and listen to little Emma Sophia again…

tall fella

9 thoughts on “God and Mary and Patrick be with you all this day

  1. Doug T

    I’ve mentioned here before I’m working on my family tree. Hit a brick wall on my mom’s Irish side. Then last week I found an 88 year old relative on the internet who told me she was the keeper of the family bible. I got lucky.

    With the information she provided I found where my great great grandpa had a candy/confectionery store in Dublin in the 1870’s near the River Liffey. I most likely walked past that spot when we visited Ireland in the early 1990’s.

    Enjoy your corned beef and cabbage tonight.

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      Impressive. Not nearly as adorable, but that young woman is talented.

      As for “5 a.m. at an Irish wedding”… seriously? Everyone is still there? Is that the bride to the left, sitting on someone’s (the groom’s, we hope) lap? What is she doing there? Shouldn’t the happy couple have left quite a few hours ago?…

      1. Ken

        This is Ireland, man. There is no last call on such occasions. The group has obviously slimmed down. But folks tend to celebrate until all hours. As one of the comments notes, Irish weddings can begin at noon or one on day 1 and last until 6am the following morning.

      1. Brad Warthen Post author


        And… I found the picture!

        I took it at 2:52 p.m. on 3/20/19.

        One way my own picture is better than the video (boast, brag) is that in the video, you can’t see Oscar Wilde because the crowd is in the way…

  2. Lynn Teague

    Everyone forgets about St. Gertrude of Nivelles, Abbess and patron saint of cats. She has to share her day with St. Patrick, who is apparently a very extroverted attention hog.


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