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Happy Saint Patty’s Day to my Blog Followers and Facebook Friends!

Saint Patrick's Day shamrockI wish everyone a Happy and Healthy and Safe Saint Patty’s Day! I want to give a special Irish Thanks to all my blog followers, and Facebook Friends!


Irish Identity

The question of Irish identity, and what defines Irishness, was elucidated by the prominent Irish nationalist Thomas Davis:

It is not blood that makes you Irish but a willingness to be part of the Irish Nation[64].
“So following that sound reasoning and logic, today is the one day of the year that EVERYONE IS 100% IRISH!” — Jupiter Jim


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In Boston, where I was born and raised in an Irish Catholic family, in an Irish Catholic neighborhood,  it’s a citywide holiday today! When Saint Patrick’s Day falls on a weekday, then schools are closed and city employees have the day off! The official holiday on the city calendar for March 17th is “Evacuation Day” which is the day the British evacuated Boston via Boston Harbor very early on in the Revolutionary War thanks to George Washington (a true America hero and patriot).

Anyone born and raised in Boston knows that if they didn’t have Saint Patrick’s Day off for “Evacuation Day” the city officials would have found another “historical event” to celebrate as an excuse to give everyone March 17th the day off as a city holiday!


ERIN GO BRAGH or Erin go braugh is a phonetic version of “Éirinn go brách,” which in Irish (Gaelic) means “Ireland Forever.” It was an Irish blessing used to express allegiance to Ireland.

Thanks for all your interest and continued support!

Love you All!

Erin Go Bragh,

Jupiter Jim

Article Written by Jim Landers aka “Jupiter Jim”



34 comments… add one
  • Very enjoyable post Jim. As long as I can remember people have automatically assumed I’m Irish because of my red hair – that’s not the case, but it’s fine with me so I never bother to correct them. Haven’t experienced a St Patrick’s Day there, but I’ve been to Boston many times, so I can well imagine it’s quite an experience!

    • jupiterjim


      That’s so funny about everyone thinking you’re Irish cause of your red hair, especially on St. Patrick’s Day! No, never correct them. LOL

      Have a great Day!!!

  • This seems a wonderful day for everyone. Hope you enjoy this event..

  • When I w s a kid growing up in Albany, New York, St. Patrick’s Day was a really big deal. We didn’t get out of school or anything but because 3/4 of us cam from Irish families to begin with. it was still a huge big deal.

    My grandmother came right from the Old Country, so that made my connection pretty up close and personal. My Mom always made Irish soda bread and without fail we had corned beef and cabbage and potatoes for dinner.

    Those are actually pretty good memories, and I really appreciate you helping me to bring them back today. :-)

  • Hello Jim,

    I’ve lived in Ireland twice during my life and will continue to visit until the end of my days. Donegal will always feel like home to me. So many good friends there. I hope you had great craic this Paddy’s Day :)

    • jupiterjim


      My parents went to Ireland but I have not made it there yet. Glad you got to go and visit! Thanks for sharing!

  • Is that why everything was green on Saturday. I thought the television must have blown its green and red colour tubes!

    We don’t have a holiday here. The pubs go completely mad though. Any excuse for a Guinness!

    Yes, just about all of us who have family in Australia dating back to the convict days have some Irish in us. They were sent here to get them out of British prisons.

    I love Boston. Maybe there is some common Irish ground with Australia.

    • jupiterjim


      Thanks for your comments. Lots of interesting information there!!!

  • Beatriz

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day, this is one of the special celebration in my life… This is the moment were I get wed with my husband…

  • I am a little late to celebrate with you, but just the same I hope you had a great St. Patrick’s day!! By the way, thanks for the little bit of history that I didn’t’ know about St. Patrick’s day…

    • jupiterjim


      Glad you enjoyed!


  • Happy belated Saint Pattys day!

  • Thanks for sharing the Irish Step Dance video. It was excellent. The Irish culture is so rich.

    Even though I’m not Irish, I’ve had a special interest in the Irish because I love the Irish Blessings.

    Here is one of my favorite Irish Blessings:

    “May brooks and trees and singing hills
    Join in the chorus, too.
    And every gentle wind that blows
    Send happiness to you.

    May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks.
    May your heart be as light as a song.
    May each day bring you bright happy hours,
    That stay with you all year long.

    May your heart be warm and happy
    With the lilt of Irish laughter
    Every day in every way
    And forever and ever after.”

    For more great Irish Blessings, check out:

    • jupiterjim


      Thanks so much for sharing!

      My twin sister’s name is Linda!!!

      St. Patty’s Day is almost here again this year!!!

      Erin Go Bragh!

      ~ Jupiter Jim

  • Ann

    Happy 2013 St. Patrick’s Day to you too, Jim! I hope it has been a splendid day for you.
    My Great Grandparents both came from Ireland to North Eastern England and did not meet until they were there in England – living a few streets from each other. They went on to have six children, of whom my Grandmother was one.
    So I can count, too :)

    • jupiterjim


      Thanks so much for sharing! That’s a great story!!!! Happy St. Patty’s Day to you, too!!!


  • Happy saint patty’s day to you too although I am wishing late.. :)

  • A belated Happy St. Pat’s to you, Jim. It totally blew by me this year. I don’t have any Irish blood that I’ve been able to find. About half of me is a mix of English and Welsh, though. I enjoyed reading this post. I have a friend right here in Dixon, MO who is from Boston – his name is Michael Shaughnnesy. Wishing you the luck of the Irish.

    All the best,

  • Irish-born Matthew Carey was an economist who, along with his son Henry Carey, helped to create the fabulously successful American System of economic policy during the early years of our nation’s history. Unfortunately, his contributions have been largely forgotten as the United States rejected the American System and returned to a British-style model, which has been fabulously unsuccessful.

  • Jim, I really appreciate this post, as I have no Irish relatives and am a bit out of touch with St Patrick’s Day and all it stands for. I am full of Finnish blood!
    The dance looks like lots of fun if you could master it!
    Hope you had a great St Patrick’s Day!

    • jupiterjim

      Lynn The Finn!

      Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts!

      Have a great weekend!

      ~ Jupiter Jim

  • Hi Jim,
    Funny we should both post a video involving River Dance for St Paddy’s Day! Must be the Irish in me that I don’t know much about – although Kelway is originally Irish I understand. I have a family tree dating back to 1066 so I should check it out! Ireland is one of my favorite countries…. and of course, the County of Clare!!!

    Best wishes

    • jupiterjim

      You got a whole county named after you for crying out load!

  • HI Jim I guess better late then never :) St Patricks Day has always been my very favorite holiday! I guess I should live in Boston so I get a paid vacation day!! Just kidding!! I am 100% Irish and as a Child my Dad would take us girls (5 Of Us) one by one and we would do the Irish Jig!! This brings back so many memories.. :) I did watch a video on Clare’s site just yesterday, so here I have two Great Days of memories in a row.. Thanks for sharing.. Chery

  • Have a family tree dating back to 1066 so I should check it out! Ireland is one of my favorite countries…. and of course, the County of Clare!!!

  • Jim,

    I love the Irish River Dance. I have seen it before and it brings such a sense of excitement, energy and accomplishment. What a terrific skill to develop and the speed and precision is great. Any skill that we can develop and perfect brings with it its own reward.


    Dr. Erica

  • Hi Jim—married a Concord, NH lady in 2000. We lived about 50 miles down the road from Boston. Great place to eat lots of good food—including Irish dishes and see lots of rich history. Your blog triggered many fond memories!

  • Hi Jim,
    Wow that video is amazing how they move their feet so fast is amazing!
    I’ve never been able to celebrate St Patrick’s day as I live in Australia but would absolutely love to travel to Ireland one year for all the celebrations!

    Kindest Regards, Jessica.

  • I’ve never celebrated St Patrick’s Day but it looks like a lot of fun. I don’t come across a lot of Irish people in Australia, but I’m sure there are some. And, a lot of people over here where green on the day, so they certainly know about it!

  • Happy St. Patty’s day to you Jim! Thanks for all the interesting facts. I loved the video.

    • jupiterjim


      Thanks for reading and commenting!!!! And thanks for wishing me a Happy St. Paddy’s Day!!! Same to you!!!

  • Hi Jim, and happy St. Paddy’s Day. Now that I’m not teaching, I don’t think about it too much anymore. They have a big parade in Rolla, a university town nearby. I don’t know why, because the settlers around here were predominantly German, but I never go because it’s usually the worst weather of any day in March. Brrr! I took a break to watch Riverdance. A few years ago, it seemed it was all Riverdance, all the time and I kind of got tired of it, but I enjoyed it and am ready to get up and go!

    All the best,
    Leslie Denning, The Home Biz CEO

    • jupiterjim


      Thanks so much for personally wishing me a Happy St. Paddy’s Day! The same to you. I love your story on how most of the settlers were predominantly German. But I guess Everyone loves to be Irish This one day of the year!!!

      Glad you got back into Riverdance!!! It’s amazing sometimes what they do!!!

      Keep in touch!

      ~ Jupiter Jim

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