March is a month when the luck of the Irish is bestowed upon us all – leprechauns parade around merrily and lead us to where we’ll find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, four leaf clovers are a commodity and green beer makes its glorious return.
It’s no secret that there are many Irish influences in Syracuse — from the traffic light on Tipperary Hill to the many Irish type pubs. As we enter the month of March, many Central New Yorkers look forward to St. Patrick’s Day related events.
Just like any other holiday, St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone. Neon green everything, including beer, permeates the scenery from Anytown USA to the Big Apple. It’s also during this time that I see more and more people ordering pints of Guinness as if they were Twinkies.
I truly believe that in one of my past lives I was a Celtic warrior. Just like in Braveheart. What else would explain my affinity for the frenzied fiddling at the Dubliner in D.C.? Entranced by the Irish dancers at the Festival of Nations? That’s the only way to explain it. It just comes from within, this innate sense of je ne sais quoi with regards to the Emerald Isle.