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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Mar 15, 2008

B’gosh and Begorrah!

It’s that time again when the green scene dominates. Parades roll while the green beer flows as swiftly as River Shannon in the Emerald Isle.

Ah, ’tis with mirth and merry that every soul thinks its Irish for that one blessed day, the 17th of March, the time honoring Saint Patrick.

This is the season when Irish eyes smile brightly and shamrocks are the preferred greenery. But it is the lucky one who at any time finds a four-leaf clover!

We don’t know if anyone ever caught the elusive leprechaun who continues to dart and dash from rainbow to glen in search of the infamous pot of gold.

Locally, there are many descendants of Irish immigrants who claimed Emmet County as their new home.

Father John Kelly of Dublin, Ireland, was the first priest in Estherville where 35 families worshiped in the late 1800s. The lot was mostly Irish railroad worker families.

In fact it was Patrick Sullivan, Patrick Howe, Patrick Riley, Patrick Bagen and Patrick Murphy who rolled up sleeves to help build this new Catholic church. In their honor, the parish bears their Christian name.

To this day, many shepherds of this church have Irish blood coursing through their veins. Flannagan, Cosgrove, Duhigg, Hughes, Nash among others, are names of parish priests who have called Estherville home.

Another Irish presence is Sister Patrick of Sisters of Presentation (Aberdeen, SD), who graces Avera Holy Family Health. Her order originated in Cork County, Ireland.

The bishops in Ireland requested this year’s celebration of St. Patrick be moved to today, March 15, because of a calendar clash with Holy Monday and Holy Week. But March 17 is when the working folk in Ireland have the day off.

According to the calendar, this conflict with Holy Week won’t occur again until 2160.

In the meantime, Happy St. Patrick’s Day and don’t overlook any four-leaf clovers!

We wish you the following:

May your blessings outnumber

The shamrocks that grow,

And may trouble avoid you

Wherever you go.


May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.

God is good, but never dance in a small boat.