Tag Archives: St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day at Home

Celebrating During a Pandemic

On the Hill of Slane
From My Visit photo©Cindy Thomson

The Irish are social people, that’s for certain. Pubs, sessions of traditional Irish music, parades, plenty of Irish dance and music. But make no mistake. They are also creative. Much of St. Paddy’s Day today in 2020 will be celebrated online. Need an authentic recipe for an Irish meal? No problem. The Irish American Mom has you covered. Check out what the Irish eat.

Here is one of I expect many free online concerts. The Gothard Sisters

Watch an Irish movie. If you haven’t already, search for


The Quiet Man

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash


The Secret of Kells (learn more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Secret_of_Kells)

To just name a few!


Photo by Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash

You knew this was coming, right? And not just my books (although I hope you’ll read those and post reviews!)

Here are a few Irish books by Irish authors I’ve enjoyed (and this is a huge variety!):

Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly

Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

The Tea House on Mulberry Street by Sharon Owens

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

Anam Cara by John O’Donohue

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor (born in the UK but living in Ireland)

Anything by C.S. Lewis

Maeve Binchy books

….I better stop!

Join a Group!

Have you joined our readers Facebook Group? We would love to have you join us!

There are many interest groups on Facebook. I belong to some on Celtic Christianity and Irish Genealogy. You are not alone.

Learn About St. Patrick

St. Patrick’s Cathedral New York
Photo by Drew Beamer on Unsplash

My final bit of advice to keep you occupied this St. Patrick’s Day is to do some studying up. I think Patrick’s story is inspiring. Did you know that he first came to Ireland (that’s right, he’s not native Irish) as a slave? He escaped. Later became a bishop and then willingly returned to a land that he felt was dangerous for him to return to because he felt called by the very Irish themselves. Called to come and help them find faith in God. You can read more in this past post.

You can find a chapter on him in my book.

The Roots of Irish Wisdom by Cindy Thomson

Whatever you decide to do this St. Patrick’s Day, try to include some remembrance of the man’s legacy. I think it’s important for today’s world.

St. Patrick’s Day Eve!

St. Patrick Hill of SlaneHow to Celebrate?

It’s a question I usually ask myself when the day rolls around. How about you? Some people (in America) go to an annual parade, pancake breakfast, listen to live music at an Irish restaurant or pub. All good choices. All things I’ve done in the past.

Some use it as an excuse to get absolutely soused. I don’t recommend that. Drunkenness has nothing to do with the patron saint of Ireland, and can even be viewed as cultural stereotyping. I know we’re in the season of Donald Trump anti-pc rhetoric, but still…

Just How Should I Celebrate St. Patrick's Day, anyway? Click To Tweet

What St. Patrick’s Day Isn’t

Its not about leprechauns, green beer, kissing people who aren’t really Irish…It’s not “Irish I Were Drunk Day.” (Please, throw away that t-shirt!) It also is not St. Patty’s Day. Maybe there is a female saint named Patty with the same day, but probably not. If you must use the shortened version, and I personally have no problem with that, use Paddy, not Patty.

What St. Patrick’s Day Is

I’ve posted lots of thoughts on this:

Here with a guest post

And here


And here

My Favorite Thing to Do On St. Patrick’s Day

Put on some Irish music, maybe Cherish the Ladies, We 3 Banjo, Natalie McMaster. Cook up some Irish stew (here’s a good recipe) and READ! There are some great Irish books out there, either by Irish authors or about Ireland. Of course, I hope you’ll read mine, but leave me some recommendations in the comments, okay? And enjoy!

*Looking for some non American recipes for St. Patrick’s Day? Check out my board on Pinterest.

Brigid of Ireland by Cindy Thomson, ebook

Ebook, Book One, Daughters of Ireland

Princes of Ireland by Edward Rutherford, Irish books Cindy ThomsonHow the Irish Saved Civilization, top Irish books Cindy ThomsonThe Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry/Cindy Thomson Irish books

In Search of Ancient Ireland by McCaffrey and Eaton/Cindy Thomson Irish books