Daily Archives: March 20, 2009

The Black & Green

Hail, glorious St. Patrick, dear saint of our isle,
On us thy poor children bestow a sweet smile;
And now thou art high in the mansions above,
On Erin's green valleys look down in thy love.

St Patrick certainly smiled down on Erin’s green isle on Tuesday. Dublin was festooned in a sea of green, bright sunshine & high spirits.  Elly & I traveled in to the city by bus and it was a delight to see people of many nations, colours and creeds join us at every bus stop.  All the children had some token or green decoration in honour of the day, clothing, hats ribbons or wigs!  Many old and young sported painted faces.

The St Patrick’s Festival team can be justly proud of their efforts…

The 2009 St. Patrick’s Day Parade saw over 675,000 people lining the sun drenched Dublin city streets to enjoy one of the best St. Patrick’s Day Parades ever. Thousands of performers and characters joined together in a carnival of dancing and music as they wowed on-lookers with uniquely commissioned original pageants accompanied by marching bands from Ireland and across the globe

The Winner of 2009 Best Pageant was awarded to CITY FUSION with The Conference of Birds. The award for Best Marching Band in the Parade went to German band, SIMSEGRÄBSLER from Hofstetten, Black Forest, South West Germany.


Part two of our day was at the Guinness Storehouse where the welcome was mighty and it was possible to pull your own pint!  I sat and watched the fun as the young folk played at being Barman and were awarded with certificates for doing so!  There were plenty of photo opportunities here but with my camera enclosed in my little hand I was rather intimidated while surrounded by camera lenses as long as my arm. 🙁  No I was not sad really.  No seriously!  I was happy to watch and listen.

Now steph are you paying attention, a Black Velvet is Champagne & Guinness…..

Guinness mixed fifty-fifty with champagne. This famous drink was invented in 1861 at Brooks’s Club in London. Prince Albert had died, everyone was in mourning, and the story goes that the steward at the club, overcome with the emotion of the occasion, ordered that even the champagne should be put into mourning, and proceeded to mix it with Guinness. The taste was so delicious, Black Velvet became extremely popular.

But do you know what the following are or how to make them?

  • Tumbril
  • Midnight
  • Wasp Sting
  • Red Head

Now you all think I was drowning in a vat of the black stuff when in fact I was very busy.  Well…. it takes time to try out all these exotic combinations! 🙄

Go on I know you want to try them.