AN IRISH BLESSING FOR…

DUBLIN, OHIO – An Irish Blessing for all of you, Mattville! And not to worry, your browser didn’t go haywire and take you to a rugby site. It’s simply a case our Tech Team accessorizing MTM’s Home Page accordingly and Ireland’s National Rugby Team’s wearing the green. Also, we’re making a political statement: Make this day National Holiday! We need one in March. That said, we thought we bring you some St. Patty’s Day trivia:

    Joe Montana was the most successful Irish QB.
    St. Patrick was Italian.
    Shawn Green is NOT Irish.
    Blue, not green, was the color initially associated with the day.
    The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade on American soil was held in Boston in 1737.
    Lou Holtz will be coaching Irish Legends in Tokyo in July. That’s just silly.
    St Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in Ireland and also in Monserrat “the Emerald Isle of the Carribean,” so called because it was settled in 1633 by Irish migrants from St. Kitts.
    Howie Long is Irish, not Jewish.
    Charles Barkley’s mom is from Galway.
    Environmentalists have forced Chicago officials to reduce the tons of green dye dumped into the Chicago River for their celebration from 100 to 40.
    “40” was Padraig Pearse’s number for the Kilkenny Kats, Hurling squad.
    George Thomas Seaver, Kevin McReynolds, Roger McDowell and Bernard Gilkey were Irish Mets.
    Billy Martin, Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth drank like Irish Yankees.
    Leprechauns had nothing to do with St. Patrick or the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day until 1959. That’s when Walt Disney released a film called Darby O’Gill & the Little People. It had leprechauns in it.
    We are all Irish: A regiment of the Mexican army in the 1846 -8 War between Mexico and America was named after St Patrick. Members of the Batellón de San Patricio included Afro-Americans freshly liberated from the slave plantations of the South.
    Irish immigrants living on New York City’s Lower East Side substituted corned beef for their traditional dish of Irish bacon to save money. They learned about the cheaper alternative from their Jewish neighbors.
    Rex O’Rourke has some Irish in him.
    Mickey Rourke is the honorary mayor of County Cavan, Ireland.
    Hal & Brian McRae are NOT Irish. They are Scottish.
    The Matts are dual/duel citizens of Ireland.

Now that we’ve given you the pertinent Irish Trivia, we’ll end with a blessing:

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand
.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day… Angry Ward tomorrow.

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