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FILE PHOTO: The Corrigan family from Charlo, N.B. has been coming to Charlottetown and the Olde Dublin Pub for the past nine years to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. It is a long way to come for a few pints of beer, but the family has Island connections and one son now lives in Charlottetown. Irish persons and people who wish they were are hoisting a few pints in honour of this special day.
As we near another St. Patrick's Day I sincerely hope that the Guardian and Journal newspapers can find something a little more intelligent than a barmaid holding a pint of green beer to adorn their front pages. There always seems to be two opinions expressed about St. Patrick’s Day. One, its a great to wear the green and to celebrate our Irish heritage. The other is unfortunately more likely to portray the Irish as being fond of the drink. It seems too many consider the 17th as an opportunity to spend the whole day drinking beer (green).
It’s stereotyping and offensive. I doubt you will find many with a real Irish heritage and pride in the pubs drinking green beer. As a nation Ireland has struggled more than most, yet have spread their knowledge and charm in books, music and theatre throughout the world. The Irish didn’t keep slaves, but they were slaves. They never came as conquerors but know what its like to be conquered. They have never imposed their beliefs on others but have added greatly to the civilized world.
Something you might think about on the 17th if you decide to wear the green. I wish you all a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day.
F. Ben Rodgers,