Ancestral pride is one thing, but the whole 'luck of the Irish', corn beef & cabbage, and everything green every March 17th felt plan foolish every year.
The Saint Patrick's Day Parade isn't even run by the Irish or Catholics in Boston.
The Saint Patrick's Day parade in Ireland has been organized for tourists since the 70s and then a festival starting in the 90s.
My apologies to quote Wikipedia, but
"Christian leaders in Ireland have expressed concern about the secularisation of St Patrick's Day. In The Word magazine's March 2007 issue, Fr. Vincent Twomey wrote, "It is time to reclaim St Patrick's Day as a church festival." He questioned the need for "mindless alcohol-fuelled revelry" and concluded that "it is time to bring the piety and the fun together."
On Saint Patrick's Day my children are allowed to wear green, instead of their school uniform. Every year I ask, "Did you learn anything about Saint Patrick?" Sometimes the do!
In America, most people don't even know Saint Patrick wasn't even Irish or that he is more associated with the color blue. He's the patron saint of engineers, but engineers never seem to march in any of these events.
Like here in America, marriage was in rough shape. In Massachusetts, because sperm/egg donation/surrogacy was legal, and biology removed that allowed the court to move in favor of a defining marriage as any two people. Individuals with money could afford these third party reproduction practices, costing upwards tens of thousands of dollars.
Biology was no longer a factor, no need to even deal with terminating the rights of birth parents. Just bypass everything and take the raw human body parts, to make a baby by means of contract. Even after Massachusetts made it's decision, nearby New York disagreed.
The most illogical part of all of this, in Massachusetts has made it a point that fathers are equally important to mothers. We have judges and policy makers that encourage fatherhood engagement, we even had President Obama recently speak about the 'price' he had to pay because his father was not in his life. That his daughters are better off with him in their lives.
But I can't say that the marriage between the President and his wife brings the whole family together. I can't say a child being raised by two women or two men, or even a heterosexual couple who used third reproduction is wrong.
I can get away with saying that if a child can not be raised by their biological parents, they should be raised by relatives. That doesn't seem to bother anyone.
From Kids Count why kinship matters...
If a child is created by means of the conjugal act, the child has rights.
If a child is created with assisted production, it loses his/her rights in favor of adults.
The No campaign in Ireland did their best, and I hope they have no regrets. In terms of history, a lost can be most inspiring for future generations.
There is a reason why people say, "Remember the Alamo"