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Orange for St. Patrick’s day

Dingle Penninsula, Ireland June 2008

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow.. the day where college students drink green beer, adults drink Irish whiskey and children everywhere are dressed in green . My girls will be wearing orange… and green. In Ireland, orange is associated with Protestants and green with Catholics. Most people are familiar with the numerous conflicts that have happened in Northern Ireland over the years – notably Bloody Sunday and the hunger strikes. From what I can tell, neither side is innocent in the bloodshed that has happened in the past. And it’s not for me to say who is right or wrong – I’ll leave that to people more familiar with the facts. What I do know is that my grandmother always told me that our ancestors were Orangemen and, as such, our family wears orange on St. Patrick’s day.

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