O'Donnell Drinks Tea on St Patrick's Day. An Offering to Ruby Fuller, Lorna Lamon, All My Irish Friends and Hubbers Here
O’Donnell Has Tea On St Patrick’s Day
The beige wooden table is covered
With an elegant green tablecloth.
There’s a grey and white toaster to the left,
And a large vase of charming flowers to his right.
It is St Patrick’s Day and O’Donnell looks approvingly,
At the set table: The large floral china teapot sits invitingly,
Whispering to the teacup, milk and sugar, amidst the four
Ornaments of the same hue. The toast is ready and the
Maid O’Malley, butters the bread with her knife, placing
It on a small white plate. O’Donnell is now a happy man.
He looks at his larger plate of Irish breakfast: Two fried eggs,
Two sausages and beans; mushrooms and tomatoes.
His eyes scan the table, taking in the exquisite green towel
For his lap, laced neatly in the middle … he sees the knife and fork;
The Irish Tribune, deftly positioned next to the vase of orchids on
His right. O’Donnell rubs his hands together with a smile,
Envisions the maestros melodies, as he sits and begins to eat.
The décor and ambience are superb! The two drawn kaleidoscopic
Blinds, are a tapestry of beauty, and the drizzling rain seen through the
Translucent window, enhances the serenity, as O’Donnell
Eats his delectable meal. Peeping through the window,
The white sky kisses the undulating peaks and two smaller barns
Outside, as O’Donnell eats, Tchaikovsky reminding him of Paradise.
-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 17th March, 2020
Story of St Patrick's and Holiday
March 17th is the day of St Patrick’s, patron Saint of Ireland. It is known as St Patrick’s Day or Feast Day.
He was born in Roman Britain, around the 4th century, and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. Francis is said to have escaped but returned around 432, bringing with him a zeal and passion for Christianity.
Francis established many institutions, to include monasteries, schools and churches, and by the time of his death on March 17, 461, Ireland was celebrating his Day with religious services and feasts.
The early emigrants to America, transformed St. Patrick’s Day into a significant holiday of celebration of all things Irish. This was particularly welcomed by those of influence and power and their money helped to create elaborate parades.
One of the earlier Parades in America, was held in Boston in 1737 and this was followed by New York in 1962. Blue was the initial colour to mark the holiday, as it was associated with the Saint, but green is now commonly connected with the day. One does not have to be Irish to participate in wearing the colours.
Any item of green clothing or a shamrock, the Irish national plant, can be worn on the lapel. St Patrick’s Day, is a bank Holiday in all Ireland and includes revelry and various celebrations, as well as worship.
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