St Patrick’s Day at the Embassy of Ireland for 2015 was celebrated the day after the official day and on the eve of St Joseph’s Day, noted by Ambassador Noel White in his eagerly awaited address to his guests many who have or wish they had a few drops of Irish blood to boast about. Who is the St. Joseph of this day? Well he’s described as the “foster-father” of Jesus Christ, and for that alone he deserves a day to himself.
But I digress because the happy celebration of St.Patrick’s day that the Irish have shared most generously around the world is an important day on our social calendar. You can guage that by the eclectic mix of all sorts from all echelons who gather to have a Guinness or two….or was that three as advised by the PM, in the convivial enclave that is the home of the Ambassador of Ireland Noel White, his wife Nessa Delaney and their children. It’s a family gathering and so many of Canberra’s friends of all things Irish are made so very welcome.
We mix and mingle, dance a little jig to the traditional music, watch the young girls do it properly, listen to the choir sing so beautifully, eat delicious delicacies and drink a favourite tipple. They actually serve a proper gin and tonic too which is a rarity on diplomatic drinks trays these days. But we’re really there to hear Noel White. His sense of humour is refreshing and as rare as the G&T on the circuit but he is adept at finding a not so succinct reason to gloat and this year of course the English Cricket Team – unimagineably relegated to be among White’s minnows of the cricket world – gave him an opportunity not to be missed.
Things are good and getting better for Ireland, what we have in common is part of our DNA and it behoves us all to make the trip for whatever reason because we’ll always be among friends.