The fifties command a comfort of high spirits and antic. A shaping
childhood endure of St Patrick's Day was the once a year Point to Point Horse Race.
Caricklee, a townland on the leading edge of Tyrone and Donegal was the locus for the
yearly footrace. The races were run underneath the post of the Master of the
Foxhounds, who patrolled the races in his garb and magnificent equine. A Fair attended
the races, near die and paper tables, nigh on which we offspring would gather, beside a
dream of riches, in determination a lost fractional monetary unit on the terrain.

The unpunctually 1960s saw the decrement in the point-to-point races in Ireland.
The Cariclee races were cancelled in the primeval decennium. The uninjured of the horse's
hooves beating done the track was replaced with the good of gunshot. As
teenagers, we listened to the good of military capability inferno for the first-year incident on the
border relating Tyrone and Donegal, at Strabane one St Patrick's Day. "The
Troubles" had begun. The horses were never to competition over again.

The St Patrick's Day of the seventies were marred near belligerence in the
North of Ireland, celebrations were muted, the March nights semipermanent and dodgy. St
Patrick's Day was famed intersectant the casing in Donegal or in Dublin City.

The St Patrick's Days of the eighties and 1890s were spent out of
Ireland, in dissimilar countries and cities. Good those worked to distribute together
artists and writers, musicians and poets, where groups of Irish empire met up to
share the day. One isolated and analytic education of a St Patrick's Day was in Sri
Lanka, in the Indian Ocean. That year, no separate Irish entity was to be found to
share the day with, it ready-made for an education of disarticulation and uncontaminated isolation.

The new century in Ireland sees St Patrick's Day state famous in
Peace. Children given birth on the boundary of North and Southern Ireland this new period of time
experience St Patrick's Day lacking the blare of shelling.

People of all nations now have fun St Patrick's Day through the world. The star
cities in more countries have their own certified St Patrick's Day procession. New
traditions are someone made, and they are welcomed.

Happy St Patricks Day.

©2006 Clare O Hagan

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