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You Gotta Love the Irish

Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an

 important meeting and couldn't find a parking place.   Looking up

to heaven he said, "Lord take pity on me.   If you find me a parking

place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of me life and

give up me Irish Whiskey!" 

Miraculously, a parking place appeared.

Paddy looked up again and said, "Never mind, I found one."

 

 

Father Murphy walks into a pub in Donegal, and asks the first man he meets, "Do you

want to go to heaven?" 

The man said, "I do, Father."

The priest said, "Then stand over there against the wall."

Then the priest asked the second man, "Do you want to go to heaven?"

"Certainly, Father," the man replied. 

"Then stand over there against the wall," said the priest.

Then Father Murphy walked up to O'Toole and asked, "Do you want to go to heaven?"

O'Toole said, "No, I don't Father." 

The priest said, "I don't believe this..   You mean to tell me that when you die you don't

want to go to heaven?"

O'Toole said, "Oh, when I die , yes.   I thought you were getting a group together to go

right now."

 You've been warned '60 & 61ers: This high-spirited Irish drinking song is
R-rated.  Listen at your own risk!

 

Paddy was in  New York .

He was patiently waiting and watching the traffic cop on a busy street crossing.   The

cop stopped the flow of traffic and shouted, "Okay, pedestrians. "   Then he'd allow the

traffic to pass.

He'd done this several times, and Paddy still stood on the sidewalk.

After the cop had shouted, "Pedestrians! " for the tenth time, Paddy went over to him

and said, "Is it not about time ye let the Catholics across?"

 

 

Gallagher opened the morning newspaper and was dumbfounded to read in the obituary

column that he had died.   He quickly phoned his best friend, Finney. 

"Did you see the paper?" asked Gallagher. "They say I died!!"

"Yes, I saw it!" replied Finney.   "Where are ye callin' from?"

 

An Irish priest is driving down to  New York  and gets stopped for speeding in

Connecticut .   The state trooper smells alcohol on the priest's breath and then sees an

empty wine bottle on the floor of the car. 

He says, "Sir, have you been drinking?"

"Just water," says the priest.

The trooper says, "Then why do I smell wine?"

The priest looks at the bottle and says, "Good Lord! He's done it again!"

 

Walking into the bar, Mike said to Charlie the bartender, "Pour me a stiff one - just had

another fight with the little woman." 

"Oh yeah?" said Charlie , "And how did this one end?"

"When it was over," Mike replied, "She came to me on her hands and knees."

"Really," said Charles, "Now that's a switch!   What did she say?" 

She said, "Come out from under the bed, you little chicken."

 

Patton staggered home very late after another evening with his drinking buddy, Paddy. 

  He took off his shoes to avoid waking his wife, Kathleen. 

He tiptoed as quietly as he could toward the stairs leading to their upstairs bedroom, but

misjudged the bottom step.   As he caught himself by grabbing the banister, his body

swung around and he landed heavily on his rump.   A whiskey bottle in each back pocket

broke and made the landing especially painful. 

Managing not to yell, Patton sprung up, pulled down his pants, and looked in the hall

mirror to see that his butt cheeks were cut and bleeding.   He managed to quietly find a

full box of Band-Aids and began putting a Band-Aid as best he could on each place he

saw blood.

He then hid the now almost empty Band-Aid box and shuffled and stumbled his way to

bed. 

In the morning, Patton woke up with searing pain in both his head and butt and Kathleen

staring at him from across the room. 

She said, "You were drunk again last night weren't you?"

Patton said, "Why you say such a mean thing?"

"Well," Kathleen said, "it could be the open front door, it could be the broken glass at

the bottom of the stairs, it could be the drops of blood trailing through the house, it could

be your bloodshot eyes, but mostly ..... it's all those Band-Aids stuck on the hall mirror.

        

 

         
                                                                                                              

 

 

                            

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

You Gotta Love the Irish

Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an

 important meeting and couldn't find a parking place.   Looking up

to heaven he said, "Lord take pity on me.   If you find me a parking

place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of me life and

give up me Irish Whiskey!" 

Miraculously, a parking place appeared.

Paddy looked up again and said, "Never mind, I found one."

 

 

Father Murphy walks into a pub in Donegal, and asks the first man he meets, "Do you

want to go to heaven?" 

The man said, "I do, Father."

The priest said, "Then stand over there against the wall."

Then the priest asked the second man, "Do you want to go to heaven?"

"Certainly, Father," the man replied. 

"Then stand over there against the wall," said the priest.

Then Father Murphy walked up to O'Toole and asked, "Do you want to go to heaven?"

O'Toole said, "No, I don't Father." 

The priest said, "I don't believe this..   You mean to tell me that when you die you don't

want to go to heaven?"

O'Toole said, "Oh, when I die , yes.   I thought you were getting a group together to go

right now."

 Be forewarned you 60&61ers: This high-spirited Irish drinking song is
R-rated.  Listen at your own risk!

 

Paddy was in  New York .

He was patiently waiting and watching the traffic cop on a busy street crossing.   The

cop stopped the flow of traffic and shouted, "Okay, pedestrians. "   Then he'd allow the

traffic to pass.

He'd done this several times, and Paddy still stood on the sidewalk.

After the cop had shouted, "Pedestrians! " for the tenth time, Paddy went over to him

and said, "Is it not about time ye let the Catholics across?"

 

 

Gallagher opened the morning newspaper and was dumbfounded to read in the obituary

column that he had died.   He quickly phoned his best friend, Finney. 

"Did you see the paper?" asked Gallagher. "They say I died!!"

"Yes, I saw it!" replied Finney.   "Where are ye callin' from?"

 

An Irish priest is driving down to  New York  and gets stopped for speeding in

Connecticut .   The state trooper smells alcohol on the priest's breath and then sees an

empty wine bottle on the floor of the car. 

He says, "Sir, have you been drinking?"

"Just water," says the priest.

The trooper says, "Then why do I smell wine?"

The priest looks at the bottle and says, "Good Lord! He's done it again!"

 

Walking into the bar, Mike said to Charlie the bartender, "Pour me a stiff one - just had

another fight with the little woman." 

"Oh yeah?" said Charlie , "And how did this one end?"

"When it was over," Mike replied, "She came to me on her hands and knees."

"Really," said Charles, "Now that's a switch!   What did she say?" 

She said, "Come out from under the bed, you little chicken."

 

Patton staggered home very late after another evening with his drinking buddy, Paddy. 

  He took off his shoes to avoid waking his wife, Kathleen. 

He tiptoed as quietly as he could toward the stairs leading to their upstairs bedroom, but

misjudged the bottom step.   As he caught himself by grabbing the banister, his body

swung around and he landed heavily on his rump.   A whiskey bottle in each back pocket

broke and made the landing especially painful. 

Managing not to yell, Patton sprung up, pulled down his pants, and looked in the hall

mirror to see that his butt cheeks were cut and bleeding.   He managed to quietly find a

full box of Band-Aids and began putting a Band-Aid as best he could on each place he

saw blood.

He then hid the now almost empty Band-Aid box and shuffled and stumbled his way to

bed. 

In the morning, Patton woke up with searing pain in both his head and butt and Kathleen

staring at him from across the room. 

She said, "You were drunk again last night weren't you?"

Patton said, "Why you say such a mean thing?"

"Well," Kathleen said, "it could be the open front door, it could be the broken glass at

the bottom of the stairs, it could be the drops of blood trailing through the house, it could

be your bloodshot eyes, but mostly ..... it's all those Band-Aids stuck on the hall mirror.

  From Sandra Thompson:

An Irishman sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

         
                                                                                                              

St. Patricks Day History, Food & Drink, Recipes & More

As St. Patrick's Day falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon.

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Who is St. Patrick?

Patrick was born in Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century. There is no evidence that Patrick came from a particularly religious family although his father was a deacon.

At the age of sixteen, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family's estate. They transported him to Ireland. According to his writing, a voice (which he believed to be God's) spoke to him in a dream, telling him it was time to leave Ireland. After more than six years as a prisoner, Patrick escaped. After escaping to Britain, Patrick reported that an angel in a dream told him to return to Ireland as a missionary. Shortly thereafter he began a course in religious training which lasted more than fifteen years. After his ordination as a priest, he was sent to Ireland with a dual mission to minister to Christians already living in Ireland and to begin to convert the Irish people.

At that time most Irish practiced a nature-based pagan religion. The Irish culture was centered in a rich tradition of oral legend and myth. Familiar with the Irish language and culture, Patrick incorporated traditional Irish rituals into his lessons of Christianity using bonfires to celebrate Easter - since the Irish were used to honoring their gods with fire. He also superimposed a sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the Christian cross to create what is now called a Celtic cross, so that the symbol would seem more natural to the Irish. He is believed to have died on March 17, around 460 A.D.

The Holiday

As St. Patrick's Day falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against consuming meat were waived and a meal of Irish bacon and cabbage was traditional. The people would dance, drink, and feast.

The first St. Patrick's Day parade took place in the United States. Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City on March 17, 1762. The parade helped the soldiers to reconnect with their Irish roots, as well as fellow Irishmen serving in the English army. When Irish Americans took to the streets on St. Patrick's Day newspapers in the United States generally portrayed them in cartoons as violent drunks. The Irish soon began to realize that their great numbers endowed them with a political power that had yet to be exploited. They started to organize, and their voting block, known as the "green machine," became an important swing vote. Suddenly, annual St. Patrick's Day parades became a show of strength for Irish Americans, as well as a must-attend event for a slew of political candidates. A proud moment for the Irish was when President Truman attended the New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade in 1948.

Up until the 1970s, Irish laws mandated that pubs be closed on March 17. Beginning in 1995, however, the Irish government began a national campaign to use St. Patrick's Day as an opportunity to drive tourism and showcase Ireland to the rest of the world. Now, close to one million people take part in Ireland 's St. Patrick's Festival in Dublin.

Statistics and Facts

U.S. Statistics: There are three U.S. states in which the Irish are the leading ancestry group: Delaware, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Irish is among the top five ancestries in every state except two (Hawaii and New Mexico). A three-leafed clover, the shamrock has long-held a place in Irish culture.

The Shamrock: The shamrock, which was also called the "seamroy" by the Celts, was a sacred plant in ancient Ireland because it symbolized the rebirth of spring. By the seventeenth century, the shamrock had become a symbol of Irish nationalism. As the English began to seize Irish land and make laws against the use of the Irish language and the practice of Catholicism, many Irish began to wear the shamrock as a symbol of pride in their heritage and their growing resentment of English rule.

Irish Bacon: The word "bacon" actually comes from the old German word, bah, or "back". Canadian bacon and Irish bacon both come from the back, the loin to be exact. These cuts of bacon are a lot leaner than the regular American smoked bacon and don't taste anything alike. Irish bacon is cured, not smoked.

Corned Beef: Each year, thousands of Irish Americans gather with their loved ones on St. Patrick's Day to share a "traditional" meal of corned beef and cabbage. Though cabbage has long been an Irish food, corned beef only began to be associated with St. Patrick's Day at the turn of the century. 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.

Recipes for You Irish Celebrations:

Apple Barley Pudding

4 tbs of Pearl barley

1 ½ pounds of apples, peeled, cored and sliced
3 tbs of sugar
1 lrg cup of full fat cream
1 tbs of lemon juice

Boil the barley in water and add the apples. Cook until both soften. Drain and blend the mixture in a blender or sieve. Cook the mixture after adding the sugan and lemon and boil again. Allow to cool and then chill in the fridge, adding cream to the top.

Barm Brack

1 lb flour
6 oz sugar
1 lb of mixed dried fruit
1 tsp of baking powder
1 egg
1 tsp of all spice/mixed spice

Soak the fruit over night in tea. Be careful not to over knead the dough the next day however as this will break up and speckle the cake. Add sugar and egg to the fruit mix the next day. Using a sieve add in the remaining ingredients. Mix gently. When mixed place the mixture in a seven inch round baking tin at 350 degrees F. for around eighty minutes. Allow to cool before serving.

Black Pudding

Black Pudding is traditionally made by mixing together pigs blood, boiled groats, pigs fat, onion, flour and seasoning. A traditional and unusual addition to this mix was pennyroyal mint, not usually a culinary herb and considered unsafe for use today. When all the ingredients were well mixed together, the pudding mix was either put into skins or sometimes just into a well greased tin. The pudding in skins was then boiled; the mixture in the tin was baked. When cooked they could be eaten immediately or stored for several months. These days most people just buy it at a specialty store.

To make black pudding:

1 1/4 qt Fresh pig's blood
8 oz Fine oatmeal
8 7/8 oz Bread cut into cubes
1 ts Salt
1 1/4 qt Skim milk
2 ts Ground black pepper
1 lb Cooked barley
2 ts Dried and crumbled mint
1 lb Fresh beef suet

Put the bread cubes to soak in the milk in a warm oven. Do not heat the milk beyond blood temperature! Have the blood ready in a large bowl, and pour the warm milk and bread into it. Stir in the cooked barley. Grate the beef suet into the mixture and stir it up with the oatmeal. Season with the salt, pepper and mint. Have ready 2 or three large roasting pans. Divide the mixture between them ~- they should not be more than 3/4 full. Bake in a moderate oven -- 350 F ~- for about an hour or until the pudding is well cooked through. This makes a beautifully light pudding which will keep well in a cold larder. Cut into squared and fry till heated through and the outside is crisp, in bacon fat or butter. Delicious for breakfast, or for supper with fried apples and mashed potato.

Colcannon

2 lbs Potatoes
1 large Cabbage
1 large Onion
4 oz of butter/margarine
Pepper & Salt
Half pint Milk

Wash, peel and divide the potatoes. Chop the onions and cabbage. Layer a saucepan with the potatoes and add the pinch of salt and pepper. Layer the onion and cabbage on top of the potatoes and add enough water to cover the whole mixture. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are cooked. Mash the mixture thoroughly adding the butter and milk to ensure a good consistency. Best served with meat, steak or sausages.

Dublin Coddle

1 lb bacon slices

2 lb pork sausages
Oil
2 large onions sliced
2 cloves garlic
4 large potatoes, thickly sliced
1 large bunch of fresh herbs, tied with string
black pepper
hard cider or apple cider
fresh parsley.

Lightly fry the bacon until crisp. Place in a large cooking pot/saucepan. Brown the sausages in some vegetable oil. Remove and add to pot. Soften sliced onions and whole garlic cloves in vegetable oil, add these to the pot with the potatoes and carrots. Place the bunch of herbs in the middle of the mixture. Add a pinch of salt. Cover with cider. Cook 1 ½ hours over moderate heat, do not allow to boil. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Irish Rarebit -A famous High Tea Savory

2 tbsps butter or margarine
2 tbsps flour
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp honey
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup Guinnesss Stout
1 cup Cheddar cheese,grated
Salt and pepper

Melt the butter in a heavy pan and stir in flour to make a roux. Cook on a low heat for a further minute without allowing it to brown. Remove pan from heat and gradually beat the milk into the roux.Return to heat and stir until the mixture thickens. Stir in mustard and honey and finally the Guinness. Cook this mixture fairly rapidly for 2-3 minutes then add grated cheese and stir over very low heat only until all the cheese has melted. Spread thickly on four slices of toast and brown under the grill.

Irish Sausages

1 1/2 lb Lean pork
Pinch dried sage or marjoram
8 oz Pork fat, without gristle
1 oz White breadcrumbs (optional)
1/2 ts Ground allspice
Ground ginger, mace, nutmeg
1 ts Salt
Cloves, cayenne pepper
Fresh-ground pepper

Mince the meat and fat twice, then mix very well and season. (Fry a teaspoon or so each time to check the flavor until you get it the way you like it.) Add the herbs and breadcrumbs and any spices used. Fill skins as usual.

Irish Stew

Servings: 6

2 tb oil
4 lg Onions cut in wedges
5 lg Carrots cut in thick slices
1 ½ lb Round steak or lamb
6 lg Potatoes
1c Water
Salt and Pepper

Heat oil in a large saucepan. Soften onions in oil. Add carrots and cook for several minutes. Cut steak into ½ inch cubes and add to onions & carrots. Wash, peel and slice potatoes and add to pot . Pour in water and add some salt and pepper. Bring the whole lot to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer on a low heat until all vegetables are tender. For those who prefer thick stew two tablespoons of flour can be added with a little water to thicken the broth. Heat through until thickened and serve piping hot.

Marty's Corned Beef and Vegetable Pot

Corned Beef-Generally corned beef comes with own spices. Just prepare as directed and then add potatoes and cook until tender. Then add rest of vegetables until tender but still slightly crunchy in center of carrots.

For appx. 3-4 lb corned beef:
6 medium Red Potatoes, halved
1 half of 1 large Cabbage quartered
Carrots, cut into 1" chunks
1 stalk Celery, cut into 1/2" chunks
1 small yellow onion, chopped

Although it is not "traditional" Irish, we love this dish served with hot corn bread and butter.

Potato Cakes

¼ cup of butter
6-8 oz white flour
½ lb plain flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
3 cups freshly mashed potato (with milk)

Cut butter into the flour. Add salt and baking powder, mix well. Mix in the potatoes. Knead for a few minutes. Roll out onto lightly floured board with floured rolling pin. Cut into circular shapes. Cook/Grill until brown on both sides.

Raisin Scones

1 lb of flour
¼ pint of buttermilk
1 cup of raisins
1 tsp of baking soda
2 tbs of sugar
2 oz Irish butter

Sift the flour, baking soda and powder into a bowl. Knead in butter. Add in the sugar and raisins using a wooden spoon. Add the butter milk gradually and work in. Place mixture on to a floured board. Roll the mixture until it is one inch thick. Now cut out circular shaped scones from the dough. Place in the over at 425 degrees F. for 15-20 minutes.

Shepherds Pie

1 lb of ground or minced beef
1 tbs of olive oil
2 medium sized carrots
1 tsp of thyme
1 tbs of chopped parsley
1 tbs of plain flour
1 (10 oz appx.) can of beef stock or boullion
1 tbs of tomatoe puree
salt and pepper
Mashed Potatoes

Heat the olive oil and fry the onions until soft. Then add the chopped carrots and continue frying for another five minutes. Remove the vegetables from the frying pan. Cook the beef in the frying pan and season with salt and pepper. Add the vegetables along with the thyme and parsley. Stir in the flour and slowly add the beef stock to the mixture. Simmer for 30 minutes. Make Mashed Potatoes When the meat is ready put it into a baking dish and spread the mashed potatos on top. Bake 25 minutes until golden and crispy.

Sherry Trifle

Four-egg sponge roll
3/4 c. sugar
4 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. cake flour
3/4 tsp. double acting baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
4 egg whites
1/2 c. finely chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray with Pam a 10 1/2" X 15 1/2" X 1" pan. Separate egg yolks from whites. Beat until light sugar, egg yolks and vanilla. Sift before measuring cake flour. Resift with baking powder and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to egg mixture. Beat the batter until smooth. Whip until stiff but not dry egg whites. Fold them lightly into the cake batter and add the nuts. Bake for appx. 12-13 minutes.

1/2 cup heated cherry jam
1 cup sherry
1 pint of custard
¼ pint cream
4-5 cherries

Make sponge roll. Fill with jam and roll up. Slice and arrange in a deep/wide serving dish. Pour sherry over the slices. Then add the made custard over the slices and let set for an hour. Decorate the trifle with cream, leaves and cherries.

Soda Bread

Makes two loaves.

6 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
¾ cup of sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp salt
1/2 c. softened butter
1 lg box (15 oz) raisins
1/8 cup of caraway seeds
2 1/2 c. buttermilk

Mix all the dry ingredients dry in a large bowl. Slice in softened butter and cut into a cornmeal consistency. Mix in the caraway seeds and raisins. Mix in buttermilk. It may be necessary to use your hands to mix the dough. (Don't use an electric mixture) Divide the batter into two buttered cake pans. Flour a knife and cut a cross into the tops of each. Bake at 350ºF for around an hour depending on oven. Do not let the top go brown.

Spiced Beef

7 lb even sized piece of topside beef
2 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp of allspice
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp black treacle
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 bottle of Guinness Beer
½ cup of salt

Mix together all the ingredients except the beef and bottle of Guinness. Place the beef in a bowl and cover with the mixture. Place the beef in the fridge and for the next week rub in the mixture twice a day. Tie up the meet and place into a pan. Cover with cold water and bottle of Guinness. Simmer gently for 5-6 hours. The beef is usually served cold and thinly sliced.

Traditional Irish Bacon and Cabbage

2 lb Piece of Irish Bacon
1/2 Green cabbage and 1/2 white cabbage
8 Peeled red potatoes
Salt and Pepper

Cover the Bacon in a saucepan of cold water. Bring to the boil and drain. Again cover with fresh cold water and bring to the boil. Then simmer for about 25 mins. for every 1lb and plus 25 mins over. Remove outer leaves of cabbage. Cut the cabbage into half and add to the saucepan to simmer for the last 20 mins. Remove the bacon and carve into thin slices. Drain the cabbage and season with salt and pepper. Add a slice of butter. Serve bacon, cabbage and potatoes together.

Traditional Irish Breakfast

8 Slices of Irish Bacon
4 Irish Sausages
Black Breakfast Pudding, 4 slices
White Breakfast Pudding, 4 slices
4 Medium size tomatoes
4 Eggs
Freshly Ground Pepper

Cook the bacon over a low heat. Turn frequently until fully cooked. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Keep bacon hot in the oven on low heat. Cook sausages until golden brown on all sides. Cut the tomatoes in half and fry with the pudding in the juice of the bacon. Remove tomatoes and pudding and keep heated. Fry eggs and serve the whole lot with tea, orange juice and toast.

Treacle Bread

2 tbs dark molasses
7 fl oz milk
1 ½ tbs of sugar
1lb flour
1 tsp cream of tartar
½ teaspoon of salt
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Good pinch of ground ginger

Heat the molasses and milk together. Mix all dry together and liquid until a soft dough is achieved. Next, shape into a round cake roughly around 1-2 inches thick. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.

White Pudding

2 1/2 lbs. medium ground pork butt
2 1/2 lbs. fine ground pork putt
5 cups plain bread crumbs
4 eggs lightly beaten
8 cloves pressed garlic
1 tbsp. salt
3 tsp thyme
3 tsp.basil
3 tsp marjoram
3 tsp black pepper
2 cups ice water.

Mix thoroughly keeping cold. Stuff into casings making 2 1/2 inch links or pat into small compact pattys. Referigerate over night before freezing. Fry to golden brown.

Irish Coffee

Irish whiskey
1 or 2 tsp sugar (preferably brown sugar)
Freshly made hot coffee
2-4 tbsp chilled whipped cream

Heat the Irish whiskey (do not allow to boil) Pour the warmed whiskey into a warmed Irish coffee glass and follow by adding the sugar. Fill with the hot coffee to within about a half an inch from the top of the glass. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Float the whipped cream on top of the hot coffee and serve immediately.

Beers brewed in Ireland

Although beer has nothing to do with St. Patrick's Day, it is still thought of as an "Irish" celebratory must. Below is a list of beers brewed in Ireland.

The Stouts

Beamish Stout -- Dense, malty, dark and chocolaty. It's a nice full-bodied slow drink.
Guinness Drought -- Aroma and flavor is roasted malt and perhaps a hint of chocolate. Slight edge of bitterness and a somewhat dry finish.
Guinness Extra Stout -- Classic. Up front is a strong coffee-like taste. Slightly bitter at the end. It's nice and smooth-not for gulping.
Caffrey's Irish Ale -- Very smooth and mild-mannered. Somewhat light with a toffee quality; not too bitter, barely sweet.
Murphy's Irish Stout -- Very smooth and balanced. Is that coffee, chocolate or.... mocha? Perfect finish is not too bitter.
O'Hara's Celtic Stout (from Carlow) -- A solid brew that start with mocha and ends on a dry note. No sign of bitterness.

The Lagers

Harp Lager -- Bitter beginning quickly turns to clean and refreshing. This classic lager is smooth and solid.
Kinsale Irish Lager -- Golden colored with a fast-fading bitter start. Solidly carbonated, with floral undertones for some.

Cream Ales and More

Kilkenny Irish (Cream Ale) by Guinness -- This amber brew has the rich aroma and flavor of toasted malt. It's all at once sweet and creamy, offset by some bitterness.
Murphy's Irish Red -- It's dry, crisp, hoppy and very carbonated. Some signs of fruit and caramel.
Murphy's Irish Amber -- Like Murphy's Red and slightly sweet. Not too filling. Finishes clean

Non-Traditional Irish Cocktail Recipes

Drunk Irish Monk Drink Recipe

1 Part Brandy
1 Part Bailey's Irish Cream
1 Part Frangelico

Pour ingredients into the shot glass in the following order: - Baileys first, - Frangelico next, - Brandy on top.

Irish Bitch Drink Recipe

1 Peach Nectar
1 Crushed Ice
1 Irish Cream
0.25 glass Orange Soda
0.25 glass strawberry swirl Ice Cream

Mix it all together, stir well, voila!

Irish Flag Drink Recipe

1 oz. Brandy
1 oz. Green Creme de Menthe
1 oz. Bailey's Irish Cream

Pour the Creme de Menthe into a Pousse Cafe glass. Take a teaspoon, touch the edge of the spoon to the inside side of the glass right near the surface of the Creme de Menthe, round back side of the teaspoon up. Gently pour the Bailey's onto the round backside of the spoon.

Irish Hemorrhage Drink Recipe

1 oz. Creme de Menthe
1 dash Water
2 oz. Scotch

Start with ice. Add scotch and charged water. Stir. Pour Creme de Menthe slowly to float on top. Enjoy in moderation especially on St. Patrick's Day.

Irish Rickey

Juice of 1/2 Lime
Carbonated Water
1 1/2 oz. Irish Whiskey

Pour Irish whiskey and juice of lime into a highball glass over ice cubes. Fill with carbonated water and stir. Add the wedge of lime and serve.

And you can't drink without your traditional Irish toasts:

Irish Toasts

Health and a long life to you.
Land without rent to you.
A child every year to you.
And if you can't go to heaven,
May you at least die in Ireland.

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May the leprechauns be near you,
To spread luck along your way.
And may all the Irish angels,
Smile upon you St. Patrick's Day.

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May you...
Work like you don't need the money,
Love like you've never been hurt,
Dance like no-one is watching,
Screw like it's being filmed,
And drink like a true Irishman.

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May your blessings outnumber
the shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
wherever you go.

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God then made man.
The Italian for their beauty.
The French for fine food.
The Swedes for intelligence.
The Jew for religion.
And on and on until he looked at what
he had created and said,
"This is all very fine but no one is having fun.
I guess I'll have to make me an Irishman."

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May you live as long as you want,
And never want as long as you live.

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Some Guinness was spilt on the barroom floor
When the pub was shut for the night.
When out of his hole crept a wee brown mouse
And stood in the pale moonlight.
He lapped up the frothy foam from the floor
Then back on his haunches he sat.
And all night long, you could hear the mouse roar,
"Bring on the goddamn cat!"

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An Irishman is never drunk as long as
He can hold onto one blade of grass and not
Fall off the face of the earth.


Original article by Martha Rhodes

 

 

 

                                           

                                                    

Maybe you've seen it, maybe
not, but it's worth watching
again ~ a heart-warming way
to spend the 2019 New Year.
  Here's a trailer.

 

 

 

Just because you've seen it before doesn't
mean it's not still funny.

 

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Thanks a bunch, Barry!

A.A.A.D.D.

KNOW THE SYMPTOMS!

(Thank God there's a name for this disorder!)

Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder

This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden.
As I turn on the hose in the driveway,

I look over at my car & decide it needs washing.    


As I start toward the garage,
I notice mail on the porch that I
brought up from the mailbox earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys on the table,
put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, 
and notice that the garbage can is full.


So I decide to put the bills back on the
table & take out the garbage first....

But then I think,   
Since I'm going to be near the mailbox
when I take out the garbage anyway,
I may as well pay the bills first.


I take my checkbook off the table
and see that there's only one check left.
My extra checks are in my desk in the study.
So I go inside to my desk where
I find the can of Diet Coke I
'd been drinking.
                            

I'm going to look for my checks,
but first I need to put the Diet Coke aside
so that I don't accidentally knock it over.

 

The Diet Coke is getting warm, and I
decide to put it in the fridge to keep it cold. 
Free to Use &, Public Domain Refrigerator Clip Art

As I head toward the kitchen with the Diet Coke,
A vase of flowers on the counter
catches my eye--- they need water.

                                                         

I put the Diet Coke on the counter &
discover my reading glasses that I've
been searching for all morning.
I decide I'd better put them back on my desk,
but first I'm going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter,
Fill a container with water & suddenly spot the tv remote.
Someone left it on the kitchen table.

                                                     

But I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table.
So I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs,
But first I'll water the flowers.


I pour some water in the vase,
But quite a bit of it spills on the floor.
So I set the remote back on the table,
Get some towels & wipe up the spill.

                                                       

Then I head down the hall trying to
Remember what I was planning to do.

 

At the end of the day:
The car isn't washed.
The bills aren't paid.
There is a warm can of Diet Coke 
sitting on the counter.
The flowers don't have enough water.
There is still only one check in my checkbook.
I can't find the remote.
I can't find my glasses,
And I don't remember what I did with
the car keys.

Then when I try to figure out why nothing
got done today,
I'm really baffled because I know I was
busy all day,
And I'm really tired.

 

I realize this is a serious problem, and
I'll try to get some help for it;
but first I'll check my email.

 

Don't laugh ~ If this isn't you yet,
your day is coming!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                           

 

For all us po' folk not lucky enough to live near
our favorite lake, enjoy a bit of nostalgia ~

                        

 

A.A.A.D.D.

KNOW THE SYMPTOMS!

(Thank God there's a name for this disorder!)

Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder

This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden.
As I turn on the hose in the driveway,

I look over at my car & decide it needs washing.
    


As I start toward the garage,
I notice mail on the porch that I
brought up from the mailbox earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys on the table,
put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, 
and notice that the garbage can is full.


So I decide to put the bills back on the
table & take out the garbage first....

But then I think,  
Since I'm going to be near the mailbox
when I take out the garbage anyway,
I may as well pay the bills first.


I take my checkbook off the table
and see that there's only one check left.
My extra checks are in my desk in the study.

So I go inside to my desk whereI find the can of Diet Coke I'd been drinking.
                            

I'm going to look for my checks,
but first I need to put the Diet Coke aside
so that I don't accidentally knock it over.

 

The Diet Coke is getting warm, and I
decide to put it in the fridge to keep it cold. 
Free to Use &, Public Domain Refrigerator Clip Art

As I head toward the kitchen with the Diet Coke,
A vase of flowers on the counter
catches my eye--- they need water.

                                                         

I put the Diet Coke on the counter &
discover my reading glasses that I've
been searching for all morning.
I decide I'd better put them back on my desk,
but first I'm going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter,
Fill a container with water & suddenly spot the tv remote.
Someone left it on the kitchen table.

                                                     

But I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table.
So I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs,
But first I'll water the flowers.


I pour some water in the vase,
But quite a bit of it spills on the floor.
So I set the remote back on the table,
Get some towels & wipe up the spill.

                                                       

Then I head down the hall trying to
Remember what I was planning to do.

 

At the end of the day:
The car isn't washed.
The bills aren't paid.
There is a warm can of Diet Coke 
sitting on the counter.
The flowers don't have enough water.
There is still only one check in my checkbook.
I can't find the remote.
I can't find my glasses,
And I don't remember what I did with
the car keys.

Then when I try to figure out why nothing
got done today,
I'm really baffled because I know I was
busy all day,
And I'm really tired.

 

I realize this is a serious problem, and
I'll try to get some help for it;
but first I'll check my email.

 

Don't laugh ~ If this isn't you yet,
your day is coming!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For you folk lucky enough
to live near Caddo, uh, think twice before
you go a-skiin' ~  Click link  

https://www.facebook.com/CaddoLakeTours
/videos/1273287422747261/

 

 

 

 

A Tribute to Chuck Berry

 

 

 

                                           

                   

                                              

 

 

   PHOTO & CAPTION OF THE YEAR
CLASS OF '60
 

 

Now, THIS is what makes life worth living!

 

 

 

 

 

  


PHOTO OF THE YEAR
CLASS OF '61


My beautiful grandchildren and great grandchildren!
I love them with my whole heart! So blessed!
😘😘

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Links below are to Ron Munden's photos -
Class of '61s recent 55th Reunion activities.  
As would be expected, they are professional quality, and for sale through his EastTexasTowns.com website.  I expect to receive other photos from the Reunion in a few days, and will place them in a new special Class of '61 55th Reunion Photo album.
 
 

http://easttexastowns.com/siteMOL/eteRArticleViewer.cfm?ident=11175

http://easttexastowns.com/siteMOL/eteRArticleViewer.cfm?ident=11178

http://easttexastowns.com/siteMOL/eteRArticleViewer.cfm?ident=11189
                           

                         

                             
from Soff  CLICK ON JUKEBOX  for Doo Wop Music
Choose and play the oldies, like we first heard them.

 

                                              

  Happiness starts with a smile...

  …….we all need a good laugh to start our days!
The Contagious Power of Laughter...Too Much Fun 

When you think of riding the subway, laughter and joy aren’t the first words that spring to mind.  It’s a cramped place full of grumpy people either coming home from a bad day at work or are just generally upset.  Yet if you’re lucky enough, sometimes you can find happiness in a subway train.

One such magical moment was captured when a Belgian advertising agency working for Coco-Cola hired an actor to randomly start laughing on the train.

With the tagline–“Happiness starts with a smile”– their new ad aims to bring a bit of joy to everyone’s day.

Just watch and we dare you not to let out a small giggle, too!
 

Sound on? 


                                      


Born Again American

 



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See the beauty of Caddo Lake -
Start the video, then move cursor onto bottom right hand side and click on the small box for full page view.

         

 


                                  TEXAS TENORS
Bill Peteet thought a little Patriotism was in order at a time when our
Country seems to be in such turmoil, and I agree.

 

 


JUST FOR FUN - Click on icon in bottom right hand corner to
 enlarge screen.

 

 


Watch this - Too Cool and Funny
                         

 


from Soff  -   ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY
Take a trip through time and history on your way to the top. 

                                 

 


from Bill Peteet - SENSATIONAL
                Like Whose Got Talent from Holland

                         


Another Got Talent not to be missed - THE ILLUSIONIST

 


Beautiful rendition of the National Anthem in a
Hyatt Regency


 

Living the Good Old Days (Click pic)


The Irony of Aging
 

                   1960                                                Now 

Long hair

Longing for hair

KEG

EKG

Acid Rock Acid Reflux
Moving to Calif because it's cool Moving to AZ because it's warm
Trying to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor Trying NOT to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor
Seeds and stems Roughage
Hoping for a BMW Hoping for a BM
Going to a new, hip joint Receiving a new hip joint
Rolling Stones Kidney Stones
Screw the system Upgrade the system
Disco Costco
Parents begging you to get your hair cut Children begging you to get their heads shaved
Passing the driving test Passing the vision test
Whatever Depends

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


thank you Harriett Eaker Adams

                                              

                        


Doug Moseley's daughter Lujenna, surprises Cathie at the Brown Pig
during our 55th Reunion.

 

    

 

     

 

                

 

          CLICK HERE TO VISIT 
          
HEALTH WATCH

                 Lehman Ryan's wife passed and her funeral services is scheduled for December 29th.  See more on the Marshall News page.

                            

 

 


Good Memories



One more for the Stagecoach Road?

 


                                              

 

 

 

MARTIN - STREET SINGER - AVE MARIA
 

              

 

 


from Susan Hardy Vanhorn - STREET SINGING
Martin, a baker in Holland for 32 years, out of a job, began
Street Singing.  Stop the player above, before listening.

   

 

from Susan Hardy Vanhorn -    Les Flashmob Prodiges

 

                                            

     

Click on NEW sign to see another
fun musical flash mob video.
via Bill Peteet

 

 

 

                           
             COOLEST JUKEBOX EVER
CLICK on the Jukebox for songs from the 40s, 50s, 60s & 70s.
from Sam 

 

    
A Capella version of the Eagles' Hotel California

 

 


            How cool is this?  Our first military service photo.
      Boot Camp - Gerald (Soff) Watson & Ross (Abber) Ayers

 

                                   

 

  

 

 Class Photo Gallery

 

 
Share your Adventures

Been relaxing in the mountains?

beachcombing or maybe sailing?

or soaring with the clouds?

If you have pictures or videos, post them

Here - '60 or Here - '61

 

Hey, some of us have to live vicariously! 

 

 

              

  
    
         
            

  Photobucket                

 
     

                Click here to get your screen cleaned   

Cleaner may take a minute to upload.

                
 

 

This is the Marshall High School classes of 1960 and 1961 Website. What started out as a reunion website evolved into a "Stay In Touch" with classmates website. Each Classmate and our Guests have a personal page that is set up so they can share with us the things that have been going on with themselves and their families since High School.  This is a great place to brag on your children and grandchildren, share your experiences and plans.  Feel free to "link" your Facebook, My Space, You Tube, etc. to your personal page. Insert recent photos of you and your family, add your "since I left MHS" history, etc. 

The site will be updated, active and useful for as long as class members want it to be. Update your personal information anytime you wish, and encourage other classmates to continue updating theirs.  When you enter the Home Page, there is a box in the upper right hand corner that will indicate who else is using the site.  To send an Instant Message to that person, simply click on the box and type in your message.  When they get your message they can immediately respond.   One can also go to the Message Center and contact anyone in the classes and/or our Guests, to begin a dialogue.  

Addditionally, there are website Administrators available to assist with preparation of your personal page, as well as respond to questions you have about the site. They also, check new data entered by classmates to assure that it is admissable. Info60@marshallmavs.com for the class of 1960 and info61@marshallmavs.com for the class of 1961. 

  

             

Click on revolving music note to return to top of page.

 

      
Don't hesitate to contact us.        We LOVE feedback.

Click Here To Return To Top Of Home Page.

 

 
 

 

Stick with this.  You'll be glad you did.

"Getting Old" with Mary Maxwell


Thanks to Jane Walker Payton for this video.

 

 

Here is a bit of nostalgia, Mr. Neely, Henry Moyer (Bill's dad), Bushe
Morgan, Carolyn Abney, Joe Gouden, Max Lale and others.

 

 

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