The Paddy Paradox

3 min readMar 17
Three mugs of green beer
Image by magicksupply from Pixabay

To all those who celebrate, Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Which leads me to ask, as I do every year, why so many non-Irish folk have embraced this celebration with so much enthusiasm?

I’m ethnically Celtic — a mix of English, Welsh and Scots genes, with relatives who emigrated to Canada from Scotland in the late 1700s. I’m a child of settlers with deep roots in Eastern Canada, although I was born and have…


Recreational writer, collector of antique corkscrews, urban gardener and management consultant to social profit organizations. Proudly Canadian.