I wish all my family members, friends and fans who are Irish (or wannbe Irish) a beautiful, bountiful and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I can trace family back a few centuries to County Mayo and also Galway and someday will publish some names in case the cousins in Ireland are reading Joan’s Rome!

Enjoy a pre-prandial (or post-prandial) or any-time-of-the-day-that-you want green beer!

Would you be enjoyin’ corn beef today now? Is it Irish or American? Or Irish-American? Here’s the answer: The Complicated History of Corned Beef (Why Is Corned Beef Called Corned Beef? (

Does your menu include Guinness (that dry Irish stout) brownies! If not, why not? The NYT tells you how to make them! Guinness Brownies Recipe – NYT Cooking (

Now, what’s missing from your day? Maybe a little Irish Dance? (29) A MUST SEE TAP DANCE DUEL BY US SEMINARIANS!! – YouTube

And everyone knows what happens in Chicago! (NBC image)

And here’s the only way to end St. Patrick’s Day (or perhaps your day started with this blessing)!

An Old Irish Blessing for St. Patrick’s Day

May your days be many and your troubles be few.

May all God’s blessings descend upon you.

May peace be within you, may your heart be strong.

May you find what you’re seeking wherever you roam.

May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us.

May the hand of God protect us, may the word of God direct us.

May thy Salvation, O Lord, be always ours this day and for evermore.

Amen. (attributed to St. Patrick)