Kansas City’s Irish roots date back to the mid-1800s, when many immigrants settling in the region and lent their expertise and labor to build this beautiful city we call home. St. Patrick’s Day is largely an American creation originating in Boston in the 1700’s by Irish-Americans celebrating the music, dance, and food of Irish culture. But it quickly spread to other cities and today March 17th and Irish customs are celebrated around the globe!!
Celtic culture continues to be a proud Kansas City institution, with many great restaurants and pubs promoting Irish heritage and organizations like the Kansas City Irish Center to preserve and celebrate the strong connection between the Emerald Isle and Kansas City.
The 20th century Irish diplomat Shane Leslie said, “Every St. Patrick’s Day every Irishman goes out to find another Irishman to make a speech to!” While many think of St. Patrick’s Day as a day of celebrating Irish pride, luck, and leprechauns, there is great deal of humility and gratitude to be had. Here’s a little Irish wisdom to help you sound a little wiser as we toast to home, family, and friends!!
“May peace and plenty be the first to lift the latch to your door, and happiness be your guest today and evermore.”– Irish Blessing
“May your heart be light and happy, may your smile be big and wide, and may your pockets always have a coin or two inside!”– Irish Toast
“May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. May your heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours that stay with you all year long.”– Irish Toast
“The best things in life are the people we love, the places we have been and the memories we have made along the way.”– Irish Toast
“May you get all your wishes but one, so that you will always have something to strive for!”– Author Unknown
“May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.”– Author Unknown
“May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.”– Author Unknown
“May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far.”– Irish Toast
“May misfortune follow you the rest of your life, and never catch up”– Author Unknown
“I complained that I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.”– Author Unknown
“May the roof above you never fall in and those gathered beneath it never fall out!”– Author Unknown
“Here’s to a fellow who smiles when life runs along like a song. And here’s to the lad who can smile when everything goes dead wrong.”– Irish Toast