For weeks there has been regular practice. Heads have been turned. By 7.35 this morning, there had been two different tunes (below) played endlessly on tin whistle, and a hornpipe danced in heavy shoes out the back. Then the trumpet came out.
Most of this was in aid of a school assembly to mark St Patricks’ day. Parents were invited to attend- to watch the teeny people wearing carefully coloured in shamrock hats, the slightly bigger people wearing glittery handmade shamrock badges, and the bigger still people performing. A recitation, lots of tin whistling, some dancing and a little singing. Also, some chaos.
I’m sure Patrick would feel right at home…
Only one of the following statements is true. Which one?
- We will all be wearing aran jumpers and peaked caps tomorrow.
- The 1798 rebellion is only remembered because of one of these songs.
- One person in this house will be supporting England rather than Ireland in the rugby on St Patrick’s day.