March 10, 2000 |
The two most recent films from Ireland - Angela's Ashes and Agnes Brown - have pivoted on abject poverty. Since St. Patrick's Day is coming, why not celebrate the Irish who struck it rich - or so they thought? Waking Ned Devine, released two years ago, is one of the most engaging Irish comedies in a long time. With the death of Ned Devine, the population of the village of Tully More is reduced to just 52. Clutched in his lifeless hand is a winning lottery ticket worth millions.
March 18, 1998 |
Sam Cole, 58, has been a Philadelphia cabbie for 35 years. He's not Irish, but his wife, Annie, is. St. Patrick's Day? That's every day in this shamrocked cab. The sign reads: "One hundred thousand welcomes. " The couple is retiring to County Tyrone on March 29.
March 16, 1992 |
There was as much marching on the sidelines as in the St. Patrick's Day Parade yesterday, as onlookers who braved the cold temperatures and strong winds stomped their feet for warmth. "This seems more like Mummers Day than March," said Mary Ann Bonner of Chestnut Hill, referring to the New Year's Day parade. She attended the 41st annual St. Patrick's Day event with her Irish-born husband and 4-year-old daughter. It was 35 degrees when the parade began at 1:45 p.m. But winds blowing at 17 miles an hour made it feel like 14 degrees.
March 17, 1989
PATRICK WASN'T IRISH, NOR ARE ALL IRISH CATHOLIC After reading the article "Ethnic schism opens over parade marshal," I would like to state a few facts about who St. Patrick really was. In the year 389, Patrick, at age 16, was taken captive from his native land of Brittany in France to Ireland where he worked as a slave for seven years. His occupation as a herder of flocks was fine probation for the holy career that was to be his. After seven years, he managed to escape and returned home.
March 17, 1987 |
St. Paddy's Day without beer? The devil, you say. But that's just the case at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Conshohocken, where church officials have opted not to hold a St. Patrick's Day celebration this year for what is believed to be the first time in the church's 135-year history. Blame it on the blarney - or, more accurately, on the high cost of liability insurance. The Rev. John J. Foster, pastor, said yesterday that he had canceled the affair because of a bulletin from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia warning that church insurance does not cover events at which alcohol is served.
March 17, 1988 |
In Paddington, the poorest of London's Irish neighborhoods, my father ran a pub, and the customers referred to Sean Patrick Darcy fondly and reverently as "Himself. " On any Sunday the bar would be packed after Mass, and one or another of the "navvies" - the scornful English term for the young Irishmen who came over to London to find work on construction sites - would join the ceili band on the dais to sing a melancholy Irish ballad (are there any other kind?). St. Patrick's Day was always different, for it was the one day in the year that Himself would favor us with a song.
March 17, 1988 |
St. Patrick's Day, always a time for mirth and merriment, will take on the character of an Irish wake at Cavanaugh's Railroad Restaurant & Tavern today. This is the last St. Paddy's celebration at the 52-year-old institution. "Drexel University is scheduled to take over on June 15," explains owner Bill Pawliczek. Pawliczek is the son-in-law of Cavanaugh's founder, Pat Cavanaugh, himself one of a nine-sibling clan, eight of whom were involved in the liquor business. Pawliczek, who took over when Pat died 15 years ago, is moving the operation from 32nd and Market streets to 39th and Sansom.
March 17, 1986 |
Jim Cavanaugh, the grand marshal of this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade, has marched under much tougher conditions. "I was in the the Bataan Death March. It was 10 days long . . . We marched 89 kilometers. I weighed 120 pounds at the end. " Cavanaugh, 66, of Drexel Hill, is a bit heavier now, eager to talk not of the terrible march, but of St. Patrick. "The purpose of the parade is to honor the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Irish blood gets thick around this time of year.
March 18, 2002 |
THERE WAS the usual sea of kilts, bagpipes and shamrocks. But St. Patrick's Day observances here and across the country also included moments of quiet reflection and somber remembrance. Under a threatening gray sky and stiff breeze, Philadelphia's 51st annual parade was highlighted by the appearance of New York City fire and rescue workers who are still searching at Ground Zero for missing colleagues six months after the terrorist attacks. At the parade finale at Logan Circle, about 20 rescue workers stood with their heads bowed, their hats held over their hearts, as the Keystone State Boys Choir of Philadelphia sang the Star Spangled Banner.