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March 17, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Greening for Irish Ayes.

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“Quiet. Keep your head down and try to look skinny to fit in,” a mother dollar weed cautions her twins about life in the lawn. “Danger lurks at every spin of the blade or crush of the paw.”©

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated as much as Cinco de Mayo in Texas

For good reason.

Oh, it is not all about the consumption of beer although…

Both are on the table of our mutt heritage.

Remember the Alamo? 

Among those who died defending the Alamo in March 1836 were 12 who were Irish-born, while an additional 14 bore Irish surnames. There may have been others.

From The Texas State Historical Association and the Handbook of Texas Online:

“Natives of Ireland were among the first settlers in Spanish-ruled Texas, and the story of the Irish in Texas is in many ways coincident with the founding of the republic and the development of the state. The heritage of the Irish seems in retrospect to have peculiarly suited their migration to a new land, for the English dominance of Ireland must have been to the new colonists in Texas a close parallel to the oppression they eventually found in the new country. It is not surprising that as many as twenty-five Irishmen probably signed the Goliad Declaration of Independence, that four signed the actual Texas Declaration of Independence, and that 100 were listed in the rolls of San Jacinto, comprising one-seventh of the total Texan force in that battle. Probably the first Irishman in Texas was Hugo Oconór, who became governor ad interim of Texas in 1767.”

“The descendants of generations who had long fought and died for their civic and religious liberties, the Irish were quicker than most to recognize incursions upon their rights and to defend against them.”

“The 1850 census listed 1,403 Irish in Texas; ten years later the number was 3,480.”

“The Irish were third among those claiming European ancestry, following English and German.”

Read the rest here.

Another tale of an Irish man who came seeking some green can be found inThe Irish Colonies of Texas“:

“John (Juan) McMullen Irish Empresario & Co-founder of the McMullen & McGloin Colony, was born in Ireland in 1785 most probably in east Donegal County or in a county of North-East Ulster…” After landing in Baltimore, he became a merchant and migrated to Matamoros, Mexico sometime in the early 1820’s.

Seeing land available, he encouraged Irish families to come and settle here, and, and eventually became a judge only to be assassinated in his sleep.

In Mexico and the Southwest, many also wear the green on St. Patrick’s Day to honor Mexico’s Fighting Irish.

St. Patrick’s Battalion (also called the San Patricios and Los Colorados) was created by soldiers who deserted the US army for Mexico during the unpopular Mexican American War(1840’s) when the US invaded Mexico.

“The Green Command” were fierce fighters joined Mexico as they had not been allowed citizenship, they opposed fighting other Catholics, Mexico had already outlawed slavery, and the Irish faced tremendous and cruel prejudice in the US at the time.

After the war, only the Irish were hung (Not shot by firing squads as military law required) while all other deserters received pardons and allowed to fight in the Civil War.

The grass definitely looked greener on the other side of the conflict to them.

So here’s to all who were equal to the land: their freewheeling style, music, food and, of course, drink.

Cerveza para todos. Sláinte

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

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  1. easyweimaraner / Mar 17 2017 7:14 am

    that was great to read… Happy St. Paddy’s Day to you :o)

    Liked by 1 person

  2. heretherebespiders / Mar 17 2017 8:07 am

    Thank you! I am educated! ☘️

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 17 2017 8:46 am

      Who knew, right? People have forgotten/never taught how badly the Irish were treated. Irish women and children died on the docks of early New Orleans because the citizens thought them were worthless. The men were hired to do work thought too dangerous to risk an African doing. Slaves had more value at the time. Many feel that the Irish settlers in TX did better than many English/ US settlers as they had already experienced such difficult lives and hardship before arriving and were so determined.
      Certainly worth honoring. Thanks for greening up the comment bin


  3. sportsattitudes / Mar 17 2017 9:00 am

    Indeed a toast to all “equal to the land.” I had no idea St. P Day was celebrated to that extent in TX. Always considered it a holiday most revered in our neck of the woods in the Northeast. I’ll tell you one thing…the icepack on the ground and the chill in the air is unlike any Patrick’s Day I can recall. No green land in sight. Reason enough to have two toasts…!

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  4. Kate Crimmins / Mar 17 2017 11:01 am

    Each nationality had it’s “hard time” during immigration. In my area Pollacks (what people from Poland were called) were looked down upon as dirty and stupid. I don’t know why we do this. Perhaps it’s from seeing different customs than we are used to. I’m sure my grandparents took a hit too. Today everyone is Irish! Enjoy your day.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 17 2017 11:51 am

      Pollacks were the target at one time – all those jokes. Didn’t the tv series All in the Family take this on?
      Always the same issue with the newcomers. (Will out of space aliens get instant acceptance or will they have to start at the bottom like all the other newbies, I wonder?)
      What we think is really funny is how many Irish-Mexicans there are in San Antonio and the rest of Texas.
      Sooner or later people will realize the combination mutts get the best qualities and fun of it all. Have a nice green margarita for adding some green to the comments

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  5. D. Wallace Peach / Mar 17 2017 11:02 am

    I didn’t know any of this history. Those Irish are everywhere, another wonderful and important part of our American hodgepodge culture. Happy St. Patrick’s Day ☘️

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  6. Anne Mehrling / Mar 17 2017 12:26 pm

    I enjoyed reading about the Irish in Texas. I’m wearing a green blouse and shamrock earrings today, even though no one is here to see me. Green is my favorite color, so I’m always looking for a good excuse to green out.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 17 2017 2:17 pm

      Can’t go wrong with emerald or any color green. Thanks for dancing over to chat – here’s a green margarita just for you!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. sustainabilitea / Mar 17 2017 2:56 pm

    I do remember the Alamo, although not personally! 🙂 We’ll be having some beer tonight with our corned beef, potatoes, and cabbage, but tomorrow’s corned beef hash will be even better! Am I the only person who has trouble keeping the corned beef at a simmer rather than either a complete boil or nothing?

    Top o’ the mornin’ or other part of the day to ya!


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 17 2017 3:01 pm

      Corn beef hash sounds really good – if it wasn’t so darn warm…Molly grumbled we waited too late to walk and she was wilting.
      Maybe some nice shrimp tacos and green margaritas instead. Join us on the patio? Thanks for cooking up a comment


  8. Catherine Hamrick / Mar 18 2017 11:00 am

    Fabulous read! I learned quite a bit and enjoyed the music. I loved how you decided to treat emblems of this day–never a cliche in your world. Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. The Hook / Mar 18 2017 1:01 pm

    The luck of the Irish led me here.
    A little late, but nobody’s perfect, right?

    Liked by 2 people

  10. marina kanavaki / Mar 18 2017 4:55 pm

    “May your blessings outnumber
    The shamrocks that grow,
    And may trouble avoid you
    Wherever you go.”

    Liked by 2 people

  11. Cynthia Reyes / Mar 22 2017 2:07 pm

    Aye, aye. I can always depend on you to do something different!


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