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It’s a Great Day for the Irish!!

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 17, 2010 11:36 AM |

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

In the spirit of spreading a little Irish cheer and Irish culture, I thought the following peek into a typical Irish family would be appropriate. Enjoy!!


What it means to be in an Irish family…with edits for my personal experience growing up as one of eight children (seven boys, one girl) in a great Irish Catholic family in Boston!!

1) You will never play professional basketball.
Basketball dreams ended for us in middle school.

2) You swear often and very well.
A Doyle favorite curse was typically relegated to “God-damnit, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph…”

3) At least someone in your extended family is a fireman, cop, bar owner or funeral home director, and you may have at least one aunt who is a nun or uncle who’s a priest.

4) You think you sing very well. Also, you may not know the words to many songs, but that doesn’t stop you from singing…usually very loud.
All the time, especially in church!!

5) You have no idea how to make a long story short.  In fact, you wouldn’t even consider trying.
Never a problem, speaking for yours truly and my brothers.

6) Many of your childhood meals were boiled and included potatoes.
Mom’s favorite casseroles and stews were loaded with spuds!!

7) You’re strangely poetic after a few drinks.
Especially my brothers, uncles, and cousins!!

8) Some punches directed at you are from legacies of past generations.
All the time!! The Doyles are firm believers in “don’t get mad, get even!!”

9) Many in your extended family are named Mary, Catherine, Pat or Eileen and there is likely at least one member of your extended family with the full name of Mary Catherine.
With upwards of 60 direct relations, we have these covered.

10) Someone in your family is very generous. More than likely, you think it’s you.
….also the best looking!!

11) You don’t wait for the other guy to stop talking before you start talking.
No doubt. We are firm believers that if we wanted somebody’s opinion, then we’d give it to him!!

12) You’re not nearly as funny as you think you are, but what you may lack in talent you make up for in frequency.
Story of my life!!

13) There wasn’t a huge difference between your last wake and your last keg party.
As an 11-year old, I can remember as if it were yesterday the wake for my legendary grandfather held in his home . It was flowing.

14) You are, or know someone, named Murph.
More than one!!

15) If you don’t know Murph then you know a Mac. If you don’t know Murph or Mac, then you know a Sully. You may even know a Sully McMurphy.
Many of all of the above!

16) Your skin’s ability to tan is greatly limited.  A tan for you is a shade of red or pink, which turns less red or pink once you peel.
Why do you think so many Irish are nicknamed Red?

17) Childhood remedies for the common cold may have included some form of whiskey.
Not that I was aware but…

18) You’ve never left a family party without saying goodbye for at least 45 minutes.
Also very true…

19) At this very moment, you have at least two relatives who are not speaking to each other. Not necessarily fighting, mind you, just not speaking to each other.
The Irish are notorious for the “deep freeze.”

Enjoy the day!!


  • Sunup

    Larry, Are you sure you are not talking about my husband or my family? You seem know us so well!

  • donnie

    Working on a holiday?Always interesting reading.Say hi to the family.

  • Ted K

    That Ratzinger guy sure did know how to dispatch cheer to the German parishes didn’t he??? You guys must be so proud recently.

    • LD

      Ted K,

      That Ratzinger guy?

      Fairly obvious that you do not mind taking gratuitous shots at the Pope. That’s ok. There are millions who have been throwing stones literally and figuratively at the leader of the church for at least a couple of thousand years. Ultimately a crowd actually went beyond throwing stones and spitting on HIM and actually nailed HIM to a cross.

      In fact, we will celebrate our leader’s crucifixion in a little over a week. The greatest life story ever is truly awesome!!!

      Glad you found my site. Pretty cool site, don’t you think?

      Always happy to mix it up. Certainly Ratzinger is not perfect. Nor am I. I am guessing you might not be either.

      I think you will find that Sense on Cents is all about promoting truth, transparency, and integrity. That’s why our celebration in ten days is so awesome. HE had all those virtues.

    • Always Learning

      Hey Ted. K. –

      “you guys”?? Are you kidding? Wow.

  • Pat J

    Hey Larry….There were also 8 of us kids in a modest 3 bedroom house. Sisters Catherine,Eileen and Ann had first dibs on the bathroom. It was a different time, a wonderful time.

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