Celebrating Saint Patrick

Today we celebrate the saint who brought Christianity to Ireland. In tribute to good Saint Patrick, we celebrate all things Irish.

Ours is an Irish Canadian family, so we will be sure to enjoy a few treats. I will make an Irish Soda bread and I’m sure everyone will enjoy a Guinness or two before the day is out. My daughter Claire suggested watching The Secret of Roan Inish, which is available on YouTube, and I will take her advice. Children and adults alike will enjoy this one. A little boy was lost at sea… or was he saved by the selkies? What a charming movie it is and a delightful way to immerse oneself in the Irish spirit and folklore.

Another wonderful film, but much darker, is The Informer, also available on YouTube. [Edited to add: Just noticed it is showing on TCM this evening at 6:15]
This John Ford film was produced in 1934 and is based on the novel by Liam O’Flaherty. O’Flaherty’s objective was to take a most despised person – a Judas who had informed on his friend – and make him sympathetic. Obviously, the film is dated in its style and it’s black-and-white, but it is well worth viewing. I will have to have fish and chips for dinner, inspired by one of the key scenes in the movie. Probably only of interest to older teens and adults, there is some old-fashioned unbloody violence.

If you’re looking for something fun, try Life’s a Breeze, currently on Netflix. It tells the story of a family’s search for a discarded mattress, alleged to contain a small fortune in savings. It has a lot to say about family relations, in a charming manner. Hilariously funny, but caution for language and brief nudity… for most, but you may have to send the kids to the kitchen for more popcorn at one point.

That’s my little Irish escape for today… that and tracing some Irish ancestors since many records are free this weekend.

Enjoy the day!

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