Mar 17, 2014

An Online Parade of Irishness for Paddy's Day

I'm not marching today so I'm making my way around the interwebs, Cupán tae in hand, bookmarking articles, roundups, and lists, and reveling in the virtual parade of Irishness that counters some of the less desirable antics somehow associated with our national holiday. I love that every news outlet and blog is looking for an Irish angle today and that's a win-win for Irish makers and shakers. Here are a few reads I've managed in between pots of tea/seconds, thirds, and fourths of apple cake so far today:

A hAon / 1. The 'Food Ambassador of Ireland' Darina Allen shares four recipes and talks St. Patrick's Day and Irish food over at the Splendid Table. Would love to be sitting at her table tonight for her typical meal of "bacon, cabbage and parsley sauce with champ ... followed by a tart or pie made from the first little spears of the new season’s rhubarb." Champ and rhubarb. I die.

A Dó / 2.
BBC Travel explores the real St. Patrick and suggests sites across Ireland, from the Hill of Tara to Croagh Patrick, where you can connect with Ireland's Patron Saint or follow in his footsteps. Tip to extend your St. Patrick's Day celebrations: Every year on Holy Saturday (the Saturday before Easter), the local parish priest lights a fire on the Hill of Slane in Patrick's honor.

ATrí / 3.

The New York Times shares a rendering of the proposed new home of New York City's Irish Arts Center. The new $54 million home will be on 11th Avenue between 51st and 52nd Streets, around the corner from the center's current cramped quarters. The groundbreaking is due March 2015 with an opening by the end of 2016. "The new building will increase the center’s space sevenfold — to 35,000 square feet from 5,000; its theater will grow to 199 seats from 99; and the operating budget will double to $4 million." So excited to watch the Irish Arts Center move on up to the kind of digs it deserves.

A Ceathair / 4.
For all the Irish food, fashion, and finance roundups I came across on the web this morning, there was very little real discussion about what it means to be Irish, or Irish-American. And then I popped by Salon and read Andrew O' Hehir's "How Did My Fellow Irish-Americans Get So Disgusting?" "On one hand, Irishness is a nonspecific global brand of pseudo-old pubs, watered-down Guinness, “Celtic” tattoos and vague New Age spirituality, designed to make white people feel faintly cool without doing any of the hard work of actually learning anything. On the other, it’s Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Pat Buchanan and Rep. Peter King, Long Island’s longtime Republican congressman (and IRA supporter), consistently representing the most stereotypical grade of racist, xenophobic, small-minded, right-wing Irish-American intolerance. When you think of the face of white rage in America, it belongs to a red-faced Irish dude on Fox News.
And then I read the almost-400 hater comments and was reminded why no-one wants to provoke thought or discussion on the Internet.

A Cúig / 5.

Loved reading on the Prowlster that Welsh-born Dublin-based Annie Atkins was head graphic designer for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. How cool is that? Annie Rhiannon used to write A Pinch of Salt blog that I used to read/eat up forever ago, and even though she stopped contributing to it in 2011—pause here to realize how old we all are—it is still worth a read for its wit and humanity and heart. Anyway, I lost touch with what was going on in Annie's life and I am so excited to see that she is off kicking arses and making the world a better looking place. Will pay more attention now when I go see this movie ...

A Sé / 6.

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