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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day To All of Wapella!

Nothing says St. Patrick's Day in Wapella like some tavern poetry and a commercial message. For around 160 years now, the Irish in Wapella and their neighbors have been hoisting a toast to the Patron Saint.

A Toast to St. Patrick:

Saint Patrick was a gentleman,
Who through strategy and stealth,
Drove all the snakes from Ireland,
Here’s a toasting to his health.
But not too many toastings
Lest you lose yourself and then
Forget the good Saint Patrick
And see all those snakes again.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Anonymous said...

Yes a merry ole St. Patty's day to all....bbd

Anonymous said...

Big time in the Magic City this Saturday past. Parade with the AOH, KC and other Catholic and Celtic groups. Black and tans and Irish car bombs were swilled along with many pints of Guinness, for health, and Smithwicks. An Irish meal was provided followed by a fabulous Irish band. Efforts to get Hog City-ites to attend were in vain.

Up the RA.

Patrick Pearse

Anonymous said...

Held down the barracks in HC. No Guinness, but warm Miller Lite and good company, and good times.

Remember 1916, lads.

James Connolly

Anonymous said...

Y'know" said the Scotsman, "I still prefer the pubs back home.

In Glasgow there's a little bar called McTavish's. Now the landlord there goes out of his way for the locals so much that when you buy 4 drinks he will buy the 5th drink for you."

"Well", said the Englishman, "at my local, the Red Lion, the barman there will buy you your 3rd drink after you buy the first 2"

"Ahhhhh, that's nothing", said the Irishman. "Back home in Dublin there's Ryan's Bar. Now the moment you set foot in the place they'll buy you adrink, then another, all the drinks you like. Then when you've had enough drinks they'll take you upstairs and see that you get laid. All on the house."

The Englishman and Scotsman immediately scorn the Irishman's claims, but he swears every word is true. "Well," said the Englishman, "did this actually happen to you?"

"Not me meself, personally, no," said the Irishman, "but it did happen to me sister."

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