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Slainte! [Mar. 17th, 2003|03:44 am]
Expatriated Zulu and Charming Negress
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Gather 'round, chilthern, Auntie will tell you the story of Paddy McEntee.

My dad was born in Northern Ireland, Co. Antrim to be more specific. The family came over in 1929, when he was 3. He didn't have an accent, except for:

1. He was on the phone with Nana
2. A Maureen O'Hara movie was on tv

Paddy McEntee was this guy he worked with, they were both teachers. Paddy was the very visual definition of MICK. He was a jovial guy with a full beard, and was active in the Co. Tyrone league. Every year he would march with them in the parade, wearing a lovely thick Aran sweater, a tam-o-shanter, and kilt, beating a big bass drum with the pipers. Absolutely picturesque, pum-pum-pum down Fifth Avenue in his ghillies and knee socks.

And every damn year, WITHOUT FAIL, they would put the camera on him. The camera LOVED Paddy.

And every year, when Paddy would come up on the screen, Dad would jump up and yell "THERE'S PADDY MCENTEE BEATIN' HIS BIG BASS DRUM! AW, SHOW 'IM AGAIN, YE BASTARDS!" Me fadder seemed to think that two hours of just Paddy marching down the parade route would have made great programming.

Of course, they'd move on, and Dad would alternate between saying "didja see 'im? didja see Paddy McEntee, Siannan?" while beaming and chuckling; and grumbling "they didn't show enough o' Paddy" as he glowered at the stiff-armed stepdancers jigging down the street and one of the parade hosts talking to a guy dressed as Ducky Drake, who was always a sponsor.

Then The Quiet Man would come on and the house would start to stink with corned beef, and I'd wander around until the afternoon movie started, which was inevitably Darby O'Gill and the Little People.

[User Picture]From: twilightvespers
2003-03-17 06:30 am (UTC)
County Antrim? Me mum's from there too!
My sister was born right here in Ontario, and she seems to develop this fake Irish accent from time to time. I don't know. I was never into the whole Irish thing. I've already been asked twice today why I'm not wearing green!
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[User Picture]From: auntiesiannan
2003-03-17 06:34 am (UTC)
Yah? Where in? My folks are around Ballymoney and Dervock, like.
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[User Picture]From: twilightvespers
2003-03-17 08:01 am (UTC)


I forget the name of the town my mum was born in.. it's Porta-something. She actually grew up in County Down, though.
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[User Picture]From: auntiesiannan
2003-03-17 08:25 am (UTC)


I will refrain from making the very obvious Porta-Potty joke.
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[User Picture]From: drbagpipes
2005-03-17 08:30 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: auntiesiannan
2005-03-17 08:34 pm (UTC)
Porta-house steak.
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[User Picture]From: oddharmonic
2003-03-17 01:14 pm (UTC)
The last time I watched a Saint Patrick's Day Parade was Denver's a few years ago to see the clowns. I'm a whore for seeing clowns.

I'm reportedly of some minor Irish descent, but since my grandmother passed on I have no-one to ask about it. I was born on Irish Lane, though! (If anyone near central Massachusetts wants to drive through Rutland, drop a me a line and I'll give ya the house number although that's a recent thing -- I have the address burned into my head as Irish Lane, Rutland MA 01543.)

My husband is descended of some crazy Scots line but refuses to let me buy him a kilt because he thinks the Crawford tartan is painful on the eye.

I meant to wear green but all of my underwear is in neutral colors and it's too warm inside to put on a real shirt, so I should be pinched for wearing jeans and an undershirt. Bah. (:
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[User Picture]From: blueeyed
2003-03-18 03:56 am (UTC)
I love this post. My grandmother's family is from County Mayo in the west. Have you been to Ireland yet?
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[User Picture]From: nineoftwelve
2005-03-18 03:35 am (UTC)


The piper in Enter the Haggis, the band my husband used to be in, is Scots, of Glasgow. Craig Downie. His accent gets really thick when he's with his folks, and sometimes on stage...but just hanging in Toronto you'd hardly know.
There's some green in the Dali on my shirt. I am a weird one of Scots descent who doesn't hate the Irish ;) I favor such an industrious bunch. Hell, if those blue faced nutters kept riding down and pillaging my village I'd have probably stopped re-building!
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[User Picture]From: cathain
2008-03-17 07:49 pm (UTC)
My grandfather came from Connemara in 1920 right after the Easter Rebellion. I have plans next year to make a black shirt with white lettering for St. Patrick's Day. It will say, "I really am Irish. I don't have to wear green."
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[User Picture]From: hep
2010-03-17 03:57 pm (UTC)
awwwwwe this story is so cute! i think i resent the irish for constantly being mistaken for irish on this day. as i said elsewhere (in sfd) i hate st. patrick's day because i am not irish, yet if i leave the house drunk men insist i am and try to kiss me. and do you know how hard it is to get blood out of green? it sets to black! jejejejeje
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