Craic keeps Irish eyes smilin'
THERE is a good reason why Saint Patrick’s Day is one of the best days to head to the pub – the Irish craic is contagious.
Kingscliff man Seamus Bradley, who immigrated from Donegal in Ireland 31 years ago, said a knack for having a good time was something pivotal to the Irish spirit.
“It is the way the Irish have the craic; we know how to have a good time,” Mr Bradley said.
“The Irish tradition, the Irish culture, that is what is important about being Irish; it is just minus the weather we have here in Australia.”
While for many the day has become “an excuse for a booze-up”, Mr Bradley remembers his days as a child in Ireland when families and communities would come together to celebrate all things Irish.
Traditional Irish music played in the parks as the people celebrated Saint Patrick, who was called by God to spread Christianity in Ireland.
His use of the shamrock to teach people about the Holy Trinity became legend as he converted people in all levels of society.
St Patrick became the patron saint of the country, and Saint Patrick’s feast day was sanctioned by the church and has been celebrated since the 1600s.
The feast day fell within the 40 day Christian fast of Lent, so it gave the Catholics a chance to eat meat and drink alcohol during the period.
While still part of the official church calendar, St Patrick’s Day has gradually morphed into a cele- bration of Irish culture.
It is held annually on March 17, the date St Patrick is believed to have died, possibly in AD 461.
Mr Bradley still has strong links to his homeland, as his mother remains there and his Kingscliff Coast Limousines business operates under the logo of a shamrock.
TWIN Towns Services Club will have free entertainment from Bubbles, Steven Michaels, Leaping Lizards and Akinga from 10.30am DST.
CURRUMBIN RSL will have free entertainment from 10am to 11pm.
TWEED Heads Bowls Club will hold a St Patrick’s Day-themed super bingo event. It costs $9 to play and there are prizes for fancy dress.