Many will celebrate the great Saint Patrick on March 17, which is tomorrow as of this writing. My heritage primarily lies with the Anglo Saxons, who oppressed the Irish for centuries, but I plead my Americanism: We sympathize with the Irish despite our ancestors. In that spirit, here are two videos — one of Ireland’s president, Mary McAleese, in 2008. She greets all Irish the world over. The second is presents a nun saying the Lord’s Prayer in Irish Gaelic.
Ireland’s president in 2008:
The translation of the president’s greetings:
Blessings upon every person who is a member of the worldwide Irish family, whether at home or abroad, on our national holiday.
I am delighted to send St Patrick’s Day greetings to all those taking part in this year’s celebrations, whether at home in Ireland or around the world. St Patrick’s festival is our special opportunity to deepen and celebrate the bonds of heritage and affection which link the global, Irish family and its friends worldwide. It is a great showcase of the Irish love of life and this year, more than any in our recent past, is one to savour with special joy. The welcome return of devolved government to Northern Ireland has brought to the island of Ireland a promising era of peace, prosperity and partnership. Thank you for all the support and encouragement you invested in our long, hard journey to this time of concord. There can be little doubt that the best is yet to come!
I hope that the many new immigrants to Ireland who will be joining the celebrations this year will take inspiration from the most influential immigrant of them all, St Patrick himself. Today his name and that of Ireland are synonymous and each year as we gather in his honour, we can see the widening global reach and richly diverse character of his extensive family. To each one of you I wish a wonderful St Patrick’s Day 2008. Enjoy it wherever you are! May St Patrick long continue to bless you, his beloved Ireland and her people.