So to honour the Irish, here are a few of my favourite things to come from the Emerald Isle:
The Pogues - and because St. Patrick's Day is a much bigger deal in America than it is in Ireland, here's a Pogues song about emigrating to America.
Roddy Doyle - he wrote The Committments, the Snapper, the Van, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, and the fabulous two-parter A Star Called Henry and Oh, Play That Thing, among others.
Kilkenny beer - we weren't able to get any today, so we enjoyed a couple of Guinnesses instead. Two eggs and a baby in every bottle.
Breakfast on Pluto - written by that other Irish bard who isn't Brendan Behan, Patrick McCabe, it was made into a fabulous film by Neil (Crying Game) Jordan. In the film, Cillian Murphy is gorgeous as the heartbreakingly sweet transvestite, Kitten. Murphy also stars in one of my favourite zombie films of all times, 28 Days Later.
Stiff Little Fingers - highly charged, extremely political and very angry punk band. Their music is still so strong to this day. Here they are performing Alternative Ulster in 1979: