A Crash Course in Irish Culture for St. Patrick’s Day
For a short time next weekend, with enough green beer and Guinness in their gullets, a whole lot of Sacramentans will be Irish.
At least they’ll think they are - those in their green bowler hats, quoting Brendan Behan.
Ah, come on. He’s the tragic writer of “Borstal Boy” (an autobiography) and “The Quare Fellow” (a play inspired by his time in jail). He volunteered with the Irish Republican Army, notoriously described himself as “a drinker with a writing problem” and died at the age of 41 from alcohol-related ailments. His picture hangs on the walls of a lot of pubs.
Still not ringing a bell?
The Pogues - that Celtic punk band that’s actually from London - sing about Behan in “Thousands Are Sailing” and quote him in the song “Sea Shanty.”
Right. See, there’s a lot more to Irish culture than leprechauns and Michael Flatley.
We’ve compiled a few cultural references you can let slip over a pint on Saturday.
Maybe someone’ll really believe you’re Irish: