In Honor of the Irish Mind

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Last week my dad sent me an email with the subject line, Irish Lent. At first I thought it had to do with the Irish woolen industry or something of the kind, but after I cleared my eyes, I realized it had to do with that wonderful season before Easter that most fundamentalists, charismatics, and pentecostals totally ignore until Palm Sunday. I also noted that he was forwarding this letter from his friend and neighbor, Richard Kelly, who is Irish through-and-through. Here’s to all of those who are, or want to be Irish this St. Patrick’s Day.

 

 

An Irishman moves into a tiny hamlet in County Kerry walks into the pub and promptly orders three beers. The bartender raises his eyebrows, but serves the man three beers, which he drinks quietly at a table, alone.

An hour later, the man has finished the three beers and orders three more. This happens yet again. The next evening the man again orders and drinks three beers at a time, several times. Soon the entire town is whispering about the Man Who Orders Three Beers.

Finally, a week later, the bartender broaches the subject on behalf of the town. “I don’t mean to pry, but folks around here are wondering why you always order three beers?”

“Tis odd, isn’t it?” the man replies. “You see, I have two brothers. One went to America and the other to Australia. We promised each other that we would always order an extra two beers whenever we drank as a way of keeping up the family bond.”

The bartender and the whole town were pleased with this answer, and soon the Man Who Orders Three Beers became a local celebrity and source of pride to the hamlet, even to the extent that out-of-towners would come to watch him drink.

Then, one day, the man comes in and orders only two beers. The bartender pours them with a heavy heart. This continues for the rest of the evening. He orders only two beers. The word flies around town. Prayers are offered for the soul of one of the brothers.

The next day, the bartender says to the man, “Folks around here, me first of all, want to offer condolences to you for the death of your brother. You know the two beers and all.”

The man ponders this for a moment, then replies, “You’ll be happy to hear that me two brothers are alive and well. It’s just that I, meself, have decided to give up drinking for Lent.”

 

-Now that’s the Spirit of Sacrifice-

Drinking Team

 

 

 

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One Response

  1. i waz lookin for stuff online about ireland and i came to this i loved what i read and if u can send me as much atu can about ireland or toward county cork cuz thats where my family is from and that would help so much well i g2g so good-bye 4 now ashley .h

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