Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Charles!

Tá sé Lá Fhéile Pádraig! Póg mo thóin!

123 Comments on “Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Charles!”

  1. Bunk X says:

  2. Octopus says:

    A wee bit of Irish history, from the advertisements here. Aye, me Irish great-grandfathers crossed the stormy seas with their wives on their backs, a situation which persists to this day. 🙂

    What happened to the Irish girl in this 1927 National Geographic photo?
    Frances Mulraney @FrancesMulraney March 15, 2017 05:59 AM
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    16-year-old Bridget Kane [center] moved to the US just months after the photograph was taken. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

    In 2016, IrishCentral published a series of photos from a 1927 edition of National Geographic which documented the lives of the people in the then Irish Free State. Included among these pictures was a beautiful portrait of three women – three separate generations of one family – stationed at the door of their thatched stone cottage in Co. Galway.

    Now, thanks to an eagle-eyed reader with a very personal connection to the photograph, we know who these women were. Bridget Kane, a resident of Lettergesh in Galway, was just 16 years old when photographer Clifton R. Adams landed on her doorstep in 1927, taking snaps of a country still recovering from the devastation of the War of Independence and Civil War. Within a year Bridget had moved to the US, making a lonely solo passage across the waves to Boston. She did not return home again for 44 years.

    Her story is the Irish story of emigration, sadness, a new life and her own version of the American dream. There was even a trip home much later back to her Camelot, her home place.

    When her photo was first published, her son Tom Farrell contacted IrishCentral to tell us more about the young girl in the 90-year-old photograph and the two women who stand by her side. A quiet and unassuming character, Bridget, or Betty as she was known in America, never spoke too much of the photo and it was only discovered by accident later when another family member spotted it while browsing through magazines.

    Born on December 20, 1910, Bridget had three sisters and three brothers, all of whom left Ireland but for two brothers who looked after the farm. Two of her sisters left for Boston before she made the journey, joining them and her father’s brother’s family a couple of months after her appearance in National Geographic magazine. She left behind the two women in the picture: her mother Annie Mulkerns Kane and her paternal grandmother Bridget Coyne Kane. After she boarded the ship for the long journey to America she never saw either again.

    Read more: National Geographic captures color and beauty of Ireland in 1927 (PHOTOS)

    Tom Farrell with his copy. Image: Tom Farrell. 4
    Tom Farrell with his copy. Image: Tom Farrell.
    “She had just turned 16 a couple months before that [the picture] and the next year she left Ireland and she never saw her parents again. She did go back in 1972, but my grandparents had passed away. I think she missed my grandmother by a few years,” Farrell told IrishCentral.

    “It was 44 years. I look at this and I find it mind-boggling because I have a grandson. He just turned 16 and I’m a basket case that he’s going to be driving now. She crossed the ocean by herself. She didn’t have anybody else with her.

    “She had two sisters here who sent her money to help her with her passage,” he continued, “but she went to Boston originally. She had cousins in Boston. Her father’s brother had emigrated to Boston and had seven children up there and a couple of cousins were her age, born around 1910, 1911, 1912.

    “But none of the three sisters were that happy up in Boston and they moved down to Brooklyn.”

    Bridget – by then Betty for fear an Irish name would work against her – moved to Brooklyn in the early 1930s, met Farrell’s father, the son of Irish immigrants from Longford, and married shortly thereafter. They settled in the Prospect Heights area of Brooklyn. There they stayed until 1951 when they moved out to New Jersey.

    Bridget returned to Ireland just once, in 1972.

    Despite her famous turn in the international magazine, Farrell’s family only came across the original copy of the magazine after Bridget’s death and she is said to have spoken little of something her family still regards as extremely special. It was only when her brother-in-law recognized her when he picked up the magazine in a waiting room that the photo came to the attention of the family at all.

    Farrell’s daughter Tracey by the cottage. Image: Tom Farrell.

    “I think she was self-conscious about the picture being that it was a peasant farm and she had no shoes on. I know she got into the magazine by accident,” Farrell explained.

    “We have two copies. I have one and my sister has one. She has the original one which she found after my mother passed away. It was buried in a chest of drawers at the bottom. We knew about it and we had seen it, but she never kept it out much. I just think she was very self-conscious. I don’t recall her bringing it out or pointing it out to anybody.

    “She was very low-key, quiet, easy going. She could get lost in a crowd because she’s not going to be one that’s looking for attention or anything. I think that’s probably pretty accurate to say that she was self-conscious about the picture.”

    Carrying on the family tradition of portraits outside the old home, Farrell even has a picture of his own daughter standing outside the Lettergesh house, taken in 1996 on one of his several trips to Ireland to visit his mother’s homeplace. He even spent a whole summer on the farm, which is now owned by a neighbor, back in 1952. His visit just fell short of coinciding with the shooting of “The Quiet Man.” The horse race scenes were filmed along Lettergesh Beach near the house.

    “That building, that was their outhouse and when my daughter was there it was really just a barn, but when I was there they used to keep chickens in it. I spent the whole summer there in 1952. They had built a house across the street on the other side of the road.”

    “When I went in 1952 … they had no running water or anything like that and when I went back in 1996 the friend that I had met in ‘52, Peter Kane, he told me they didn’t have running water until the ‘80s or something like that. It’s still pretty much unchanged.”

    Even though she featured in some of the first color photographs taken in Ireland, Farrell still believes his mother, who died of pancreatic cancer in 1975, wouldn’t be too impressed by it all.

    “She’d be more impressed by all her descendants and that we’re a close family,” he said.

    “She was the backbone. My father was out there working every day. He was a laborer and worked hard. She never worked and he was so proud of it, but she was the one who made sure we got to school on time, the lunches were made and everything.

    “My brother and sister live within half an hour of me and we see each other all the time.

    “I know she would be very pleased. One of her final words to my sister was to always stay close and we have. She has 18 descendants: three children, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.”

    More here: http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/national-geographic-captures-color-and-beauty-of-ireland-in-1927-photos

    • rightymouse says:

      Fabulous story!!

      • rightymouse says:

        Sure turned out better than “Angela’s Ashes”!!

        • Octopus says:

          That rusty hand-scythe and the tattered sweater on the daughter make this pic sing. In a high-pitched, warbly Irish accent. Ah, the good old days before we came to this godforsaken, evil country! 😆

          • Abu Guinnesses Guinnesses Guinnesses lol says:

            On my first trip to Ireland I was told how the fisherman’s sweaters were woven to indicate origin so washed up bodies might be identified. Powerful stuff over several Guinnesses.

          • Bunk X says:


  3. Octopus says:

    It’s a good thing Chunky had to pawn Mr. Mossberg, or he’d have blown off both feet by now. 😆

  4. rightymouse says:

    • Octopus says:

      So racissss! 😆

      …but true. Stand by for Cheery Octo, later on tonight.
      Iron Fist Rule violated, most likely.

    • Bunk X says:

      Those kids are re-enacting a classic viral photo, as if I had to point that out.

  5. OLT's Hoping You Do says:

    This is NEWS to you, Gus-Gus???

  6. rightymouse says:

    Take a nap, Gussy. You’re drunk. Or stoned.

  7. rightymouse says:

    No kidding… 🙄

  8. Octopus says:


    Another mean-spirited stomping of the Left’s precious fantasies. If only I had known this era was on tap during the horrible Unicorn Messiah years, it would have saved me so much angst.

    Note to Chunky: Hey, why not give tweeting at Kurt another try or 50? Maybe he’ll slip up and answer one back, and you’ll have material for the next few days. Embarrassing, self-beclowning material, which seems to be the only kind you enjoy these days. 🙂

  9. rightymouse says:

    Remember Kurt Eichenwald & the seizure nonsense? Apparently the guy who sent him the gif was arrested. 😯


    • Arachne says:

      This story smells to high heaven. No actual names. An FBI spokesman – where are the NAMES of the individuals. And what can he be charged with. He’s never even proved that he even HAD a seizure, much less that he had been injured by it.

      This is a defense attorney’s dream.

      • Arachne says:

        I take it back. Apparently, FBI confirms.
        However, I still say it’s a defense attorney’s dream. Eichenshitbag will have to prove BY MEDICAL RECORDS that he suffered a seizure and was injured. And that silly tweet supposedly sent by his wife while this seizure was supposedly going on is not proof. In fact, if anything, it looks like it’s all a set up.

        And juries aren’t going to be willing to find guilt in something like this.

        • rightymouse says:

          It stinks. This guy Kurt is crazy!

        • dezes157 says:

          Yeah, the 1st thing I would do if a loved one was experiencing a medical emergency, is to sit down and start Tweeting.
          That’s BS!

        • Arachne says:

          I also have trouble seeing a “3-month investigation” because a fat journalist claims his epilepsy was triggered by a vibrating tweet. And I also have serious doubts about the U.S. Attorney having the time or inclination to prosecute this. I’m thinking when they looked into the guy based on the Fat journalist’s whining, they discovered OTHER stuff that led to his arrest.

          I still say a jury is going to look and say “if they can start putting you in jail for THIS….”
          Also Fat journalist is going to have to produce contemporaneous medical records showing injury. Records made a week later will not be pertinent – defense can claim intervening factors – after all, how do we know that he didn’t see a Volvo with its hazard lights on? I see this going nowhere.

          • rightymouse says:

            Totally agree!!

          • Arachne says:

            Of course, how long before the Culver City Blimp starts railing on Twitter about his imagined damages at the hands of right-wing or alt-right Twitter users.

            BTW, I will be curious to see if Fat journalist files a civil lawsuit. To be sure, the criminal portion would need to finish where no jeopardy further attaches to the so-called “perpetrator” BUT I would think someone so “harmed” by this would be seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

            The trouble for Fat journalist is that even though civil is a lesser standard of proof, there is that nasty little matter of DISOCOVERY. Which means he and tweeting wife would be deposed, his computer hard drive woidbe forensically analyzed and he would have to prove actual damages with contemporaneous medical records. Not to mention experts. He will have to produce an expert that will testify that the flashing tweet caused his seizure to the exclusion of ALL other causes.

            So no, he won’t file a lawsuit. Or if he does it’ll be dismissed before answering.

          • rightymouse says:

            Yep!! DISCOVERY CAN BE A BITCH! :lol 😆

  10. rightymouse says:

    By the way, Briareus, when I saw ‘I’m Eye Rash’ for this post, I howled! 😆 😆 😆

  11. rightymouse says:

    I hope the Secret Service and FBI are watching you, Fatso. Your paranoia is quite disturbing.

  12. minnowredux says:

    So, Charles, what did you accomplish today?

    Oh – that’s okay…. I already know the answer. The same today as any other day in your life: NOTHING.

    What a fascinating life you live. No responsibilities, no expectations, no interaction with the outside world (except through the Twitterverse). No accomplishments, no innate talents, no education and no ability to move off the spot that your fat emotional self presently occupies.

    Truly fascinating.

    And even more fascinating is the continuous, negative and hateful drivel that utters forth from your fat, stupid mouth.

    Congratulations Charles, you’re an idiot!

  13. ISTE says:

    They should have contacted Bunk and borrowed his Tacky Raccoon raccoon…


    Employees at a petting zoo in Moscow are livid over the treatment it says its raccoon received during a video shoot. The zoo’s representatives claim that Tomas the raccoon was rented to a production company for a commercial shoot that turned out to be an “erotic video” and now Tomas is “traumatized.”

    Animals Aren’t Toys characterizes itself as a “contact zoo” and its motto is “little animals are not toys.” Reportedly, the zoo made a deal with Russian video firm called Art-Msk back in August for Tomas to be featured in a “regular advertisement.” Spokesman Viktor Kiryukhin tells the BBC that when the raccoon returned from his filmmaking adventure he was traumatized and “was attracted to women’s breasts.”

    For a time, the zoo’s staff was confused but then they saw some backstage photos of the shoot on the firm’s website. And it all came together. The raccoon had been exposed to… some sort of naked woman advertising something for some reason. And now it was all screwed up in the head.

    Exhibit A. Screenshot: Art-Msk
    Animals Aren’t Toys is suing Art-Msk for an undisclosed amount of money. “Tomas came back withdrawn, always slept in the corner, and snapped at people,” Kiryukhin tells the Telegraph.

    “We think to perform several takes the film crew lured him onto the actress’ chest with treats. Now he thinks he can always expect a treat near women’s breasts.”
    For its part, the video firm maintains that it was not an erotic video shoot. It was just a regular ad that featured a naked woman and a raccoon. “I’d like to make absolutely clear we never violated any animal rights,” Valery Bogatov, the head of Art-Msk’s video marketing department, told the Telegraph.

    He says that the lawsuit is absurd and he thought it was a joke. What’s more, the video producers were not pleased with Tomas performance:

    “The raccoon himself grabbed the actress’s bra and ran under the bed. Originally we asked for a trained animal, because raccoons are generally unmanageable. But we were given this – he was young and constantly ran away. After several takes he stole the underwear and chewed it.”
    According to the BBC, some commentators in the Russian media have speculated that this is all a publicity stunt on the part of the zoo. If so, this is a weird way to seek attention. It’s a weird story all around, honestly.

    The zoo’s director insists Tomas has recovered and is no longer a breast-hungry scamp.

  14. rightymouse says:

    What the… ??? He blocked you because of your religion? Or because you are poor?

    • Octopus says:

      The humungous hippo boasts about blocking people all day long, every day of the week, and then whines piteously about being blocked himself. MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!1!

  15. rightymouse says:

    Donna Brazile admits feeding debate question to Hillary. No apology for her lies, though. Pathetic.


    • Octopus says:

      And Shrillary still failed to impress anyone but the self-identified liberal MSM and the fringe-Left maroons, in those debates. 😆

      And then a gender-switched re-creation of the debates erased the last vestige of gender-based bias in the electorate. MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!1!

    • minnowredux says:

      -and of course, next we will hear from Hilliary about how much SHE regrets CHEATING during the debates because, after all, Donna Brazile just admitted it to the entire world.


      Right Hilliary?


      Dems = self-serving liars.

  16. Octopus says:

    Meanwhile, her decision to invite hundreds of thousands of unvetted, unassimilable Muslim “refugees” into Germany is being compared by historians to Hitler’s decision to invade Russia. 😆

  17. rightymouse says:

    Have two corned beef briskets in the slow cooker. Hubby & I were too busy over St. Paddy’s to celebrate, so we’re doing it tonight with enough leftovers for lunches. YES!!!!! 🙂

    • Octopus says:

      Yum! We finished off our corned beef in minutes last night. Need to buy another one soon. A big one.

      A colleague told me the other day that she boils hers first, then marinates the cooked meat overnight in a honey mustard mixture. Then she finishes them on the grill, using more marinade and developing a nice bbq crust. I’m going to have to try that one.

      • rightymouse says:

        Sounds interesting! Mine are slow cooked in beer. As you know by now, I don’t like beer, but it’s awesome for corned beef. 🙂

  18. Octopus says:

    Is that 100% confirmed?

  19. Octopus says:


  20. Octopus says:

    We came, we saw, we learned how to do yoga and drink green beer. 🙂

    One of my favorite Pogues numbers.

  21. Octopus says:

    You don’t hear lyrics this crazy-brilliant very often.

  22. Octopus says:

    Elvis Costello bet Shane he couldn’t write a Christmas song. Elvis lost.

  23. Octopus says:

    Another brilliant vignette by MacGowan, with a young drunk bemoaning his fate at the bar, who gets interrupted by an old soldier with a real hard luck story.

  24. TreBob says:

    Another legend gone. Chuck Berry pioneered rock and roll and was one of the greats. Sad that we only got to enjoy him for 90 years. It wasn’t long enough.

    • Octopus says:

      Damn! The Old Guard are all going down.

      RIP, Chuck. Thanks for inventing rock and roll. 😥

      • Octopus says:

        Sorry- meant to post this one:

        • TreBob says:

          Heaven’s got a heck’uva band by now doesn’t it?

          • Octopus says:

            It’s strong at every position. Several rock gods deep at most.

            I think we might have enough players for a league by now. At the very least, a monster Battle Of The Bands, with several bands battling it out.

  25. Octopus says:

    This one caught the wife’s attention, with the intro completely lifted from the Greek folk music tradition. Of course, it quickly and turns into a dark Pogue-ish tale of Jean Genet jerking off a fellow prisoner whose politics he doesn’t respect. MacGowan is not afraid to venture into dark realms. 😆

  26. ISTE says:

    Well Happy St Patrick’s day.


    LONDON, March 25— As a second boy died today from wounds from a bombing in Warrington on Saturday, there were signs of a growing public backlash against the Irish Republican Army, which seems to attack more and more ordinary civilians.

    For some time now bombs or bomb scares have become a feature of life in England, and people appear to accept them with resigned fatalism. But widespread anger and revulsion have been touched off by the two bombs that went off in metal trash baskets in a crowded shopping area Saturday afternoon in Warrington, a town on the Mersey River 16 miles east of Liverpool.

    Fifty-six people were wounded, many of them seriously, and a 3-year-old boy, Jonathan Ball, who was being taken shopping to buy a Mother’s Day present, was killed. Another boy, Tim Parry, a 12-year-old with a mischievous grin, ran from the first explosion straight into the second.

    For days, as he lingered between life and death, the country followed the reports on his failing condition. Finally, after a brain scan showed little activity, the life-support system was disconnected, and he died at 11:20 A.M. Feeling of Loss

    • ISTE says:

      Yep the Irish are just happy people who do no harm, drink green beer and dance funny…

      • ISTE says:

        The Hyde Park and Regent’s Park bombings were one of the worst IRA atrocities on the British mainland, killing 11 soldiers and seven horses and leaving dozens injured. The bombs were detonated just a couple of hours apart on July 20, 1982, and timed to cause maximum casualties. The military casualties were quickly removed. But long-range camera lenses captured, in dreadful detail, the aftermath with the shattered remains of the car bomb surrounded by dead horses. Part of the power of the image is that it shows how indiscriminate the attack was. The soldiers were in general the primary target, but the terrorists were willing to accept whatever collateral damage came with them – including these horses. The dead and dying horses reinforce the brutality of the act, and thus the power of the image.

        Yeah! celebrate Irish TERRORISM….

  27. Pakimon says:

    How about peevish?

    Are you getting any less peevish? 😆

  28. Octopus says:


    The old unintended consequences bugbear. Never know how things are going to turn out. Seldom the way you expected.

  29. Octopus says:

    This is fun! 🙂

  30. Octopus says:

    Re-tweeting himself endlessly, endlessly…and nothing works. Still broke as a joke. Nobody follows, nobody cares about Chunky McDumbth. 😦

    Except us, Fatass. We think you’re the ginchiest. You rock! 😆

  31. rightymouse says:

    You planning on having an abortion, Gussy? Who knew?

  32. Bunk X says:

    Twitter is now following log-in stats and IP addys. Got my first notification today.

    Aside from that, I notice that the embedded tweets in this thread aren’t showing up properly, (or maybe I’m not showing up properly).

  33. Bunk X says:

    Some of you made suggestions on what new series I might be interested in for Saturday Night Binge Watching (while waiting for Season 7 of TWD on Netflix). Thanks.

    So here’s what happened.

    I wanted to see either Ripper Street, or Legion, but got voted down, so the Missus and Bunkessa gave me some options.

    Watched the first episode of Breaking Bad. Guy walks around in his Hanes too much, but it looks interesting. The scene where his wife is giving him a handjob under the covers was kind of a turnoff, especially when I’m watching it with my daughter. Somewhat interesting otherwise, and I’ll give it another shot.

    So we shifted to The Black List. It reminded me a bit of Silence of the Lambs, where a cagy criminal mastermind connects with a young female investigator. We watched the first two episodes, and both seemed to have the same theme: The master criminal pretends to be a good guy, but nobody knows who the real good guys are. Might watch it some more.

    Then we checked out one more: The Sons of Anarchy. What a load of crap. I’ve met outlaw bikers (albeit accidentally) and they’re nothing like this pretty boy group of five. Oh yeah, they’re gonna fight another biker clan? Good effin’ luck. Go up against the Pagans and they’re gonna hunt you down and take you out one at a time if not en masse. It’s like Happy Days on hogs, with Fonzie fighting a dozen Daryl Dixons. Meh.