At home, if we avoid the revelling, we might sit on the couch for The Quiet Man or Darby O’Gill and the Little People or Ryan’s Daughter, and marvel at all these Hollywood stars who took time out of their busy bright American lives to make a film—we always called it “a fillum”—about this little faraway place of ours.
And we might also look around us and listen, to the music that this little place has given to the world. From the masters of the past, like Luke Kelly and Rory Gallagher and Phil Lynnott, to those we grew up with and are still around and doing their thing, like Christy Moore and Clannad and Finbarr Furey, to everyone making now their time, like Glen Hansard and the Lost Brothers and Lankum, let us listen to the rhythms of these masterful performers and consider the gift all of them continue to give to the world.
St Patrick’s Day is Ireland’s Day, but it’s always been more than that too, more than just a chance to congregate and celebrate our Irish Ness.
St Patrick’s Day is also two things in the rhythm of the year.