2000-03-25 / Columnists

Meet The Irish

by Harry McGuirk

Our congratulations to all those who marched the big Saint Patrick's parade last Friday. Everyone invited deserves great credit for a wonderful parade despite the inclement weather. We had a great affinity with the New York parade since the 1940s when we arrived in America.

We wrote in our early years for the Irish Echo a column called "The Long Green Line" as a salute to the parade people 52-weeks a year for many years and better. We lived for a longtime a few steps from the parade route and enjoyed every minute--from beginning to the darkness--when the sanitation trucks appeared and we often joined the late, great Judge Comerford, a native of County Kilkenny, to congratulate him and his committee on another great parade. Later the green line was painted by donors to enhance Saint Patrick's Day in New York.

Then it was home to the Park avenue area of 72 street to a cozy brownstone house for a dish of hot lamb stew and later in the evening to join in the merriment of the lovely Irish music at the Jager House. By the way, a lovely County Kerry lady was our host. Her son was one of New York's finest and she had two lovely nieces who just arrived from Kerry who came to join the young Irish hall and enjoy the sets and all the other traditional music. It was an Irish heaven three thousand miles from home. Oh, God be with you Kerry. When we were young and merry--as they played the "Stack of Barley" on the old violins. And Mickey Carton played a chord on his accordion. Those were the lovely days in New York, New York.

God bless all!

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