No one can accuse the Irish of taking themselves too seriously. We excel at poking fun at ourselves and we do so with a soupcon of self-deprecating humor and wit. But as an Irish American who lived 19 years of my life in Ireland, I am truly offended by the way the U.S. celebrates St Patrick’s Day and views Irish culture in general. It’s insulting. Our national holiday is not about celebrating our country’s supposed drinking culture; it celebrates our patron saint, the man who brought Christianity to Ireland.
St Patricks Day
In celebration of its first year as title sponsor of the Los Angeles Marathon, which happens to fall on St. Patrick’s Day, Asics has released a limited edition version of the Gel-Lyte33 running shoe. The sneaker ($90) has a Paddy’s Day-themed color scheme and highlights LA landmarks along the marathon course.