Dear Old Donegal: St. Patrick's Day Spirit Begins on The UC

Hello March. How is 2012 treating you?
To kick off the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll start with some classic traditional Irish songs. I first heard this song when I was around 16 or 17. It instantly reminded me of a friend from high school. I used to always attach songs to the personalities of my friends.

What stood out to me first about this song were the lively characteristics, so much pleasantry. However, the first time I heard it years ago, I was surprised by the sound of the Irish accordion on that particular version.

It was in 2011 that I found the version featured above, and it became one of my favorite songs of the year. This version just adds some character touches that make it stand out above the others. This song tells a story. Much like many classic Irish songs, it shares a small piece of Irish heritage and folklore.

The first time I heard this version, I misheard the lyrics as “…and this is your sister Cait, she’s the girl you used to shag down by the garden gate.”
I wish I hadn’t laughed so loudly in Starbucks.

From 1:38 onward are the moments in the song that really sold it for me. Priceless.

Do you attach songs to your friends’ personalities?
Are you one of those types that are obsessed with Ireland?
Do you drink Guinness?