An Irish Friday

Jane and I went to The Irish Rover in Louisville for this month’s lunch. The Rover is our default lunching place, since it has beer great food. We had Breckenridge chocolate cream stout, one of my favorites. Oh, and fish & chips and stuff. And after, the owner brought us each a dark chocolate truffle with sea salt in the coating. OhmygollyYES.

So that made me think of The Irish Rover, a crazy funny song about a sailing ship that runs into all kinds of trouble.

And that made me think of The Irish Rovers, a Celtic singing group that sang, among other things, The Unicorn, a very sad song about why there are no unicorns around today (although you and I know that there ARE unicorns, don’t we?).

Naturally, that made me think of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, another and arguably better Celtic group. I have quite a few of their albums, and I still sometimes get one of their songs stuck in my head, especially Johnny McAldoo.

Now, of course I thought of Why Paddy’s Not At Work Today, so I had to go on YouTube to see if I could find it. I found this version, performed by — wait for it — LEGO guys.

You’re welcome.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What does the word “Irish” mean to you?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “An Irish Friday

  1. jane

    December 21, 2013 at 9:43am

    Happy Irish Roving to You, too!!

    Love the recommends. The Lego song so perfectly illustrated the happenings in the song that I stand (well, sit really) AMAZED and AWED!

    Thank you so much!

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      Marian Allen

      December 21, 2013 at 10:01am

      I love Lego bricks (as opposed to the “kits” with big plastic units you snap together — that ain’t building!). When Dillon was wee, I built a tyro rex out of plain and fancy bricky bits. 😀

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