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Another one from Flaherty: What happened to the corned beef and cabbage?


Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

It was about that time of the year again and plans had been made. This year things would be different, safe and sane and nothing would go wrong, if Clancy had anything to say about it. There would be no repeat of the Finnegan disaster of the last year’s celebration.

Clancy had formed a committee of seven including himself as Law and Order and General Chairman. Bill Hagerty and Mike Muldoon were in charge of the parade. Danny Donovan and Pat O’Brien would see to the refreshments while Pete Flannery and Frank McHugh would handle the big dinner to be held after the parade.

It was a morning full of sunshine and not a cloud in the sky. At nine o’clock sharp Clancy led off the parade in a fire truck painted green for the occasion, followed by a color garde, then the Pipe band brought down from St. Paul playing Danny Boy. There were a number of floats and then the marching band from St. Aloysius High School. The mayor and his wife rode after them in a green convertible followed by a gaggle of men in midget motor cars. There was a large green float carrying the Queen For The Day, Mary Monahan and her attendants. A contingent of The National Garde marched to the beat of the Boy Scouts drum and bugle corps. Then came a flatbed truck with a small band of men and women playing When Irish Eyes Are Smiling. There was an antique fire truck followed by a beer truck whose driver and passenger tossed candy to the children. Then along came MacNamarra’s band playing The Wearin’ Of The Green and the music was something grand. Next came a delegation from The Ancient Order of Hibernians followed by the usual horse riders and street sweeper.

As the parade broke up at the south edge of town, the celebrants flocked to the beer tent that Danny Donovan and Pat O’Brien had set up on Finnegan’s parking lot. At exactly One o’clock, Clancy ordered the closing of the beer tent and directed the crowd to the Community Hall where they would enjoy a traditional Irish dinner.

Clancy entered the hall with a smile on his face and full of himself. It had been a grand parade that had gone off without a hitch and nothing, absolutely nothing had gone wrong. He was himself at the head table and the smile left his face, his face turned red and he began to spit and sputter and Flannery and McHugh ran for cover as the servers brought in the lutefisk and lefse.

Prairie Notes: For the love of books

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
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I do not remember a time I didn’t know how to read. Being the fifth of six children gave me four older siblings and my parents to read aloud to me, but memories of their voices saying the words faded long ago. My earliest memories of reading stem fro ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Eric M. Leitzen

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
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Here we are. St. Patrick's Day. The time for the wearing of the green. Time for everyone to feel just a little bit Irish. Bust out the corned beef and cabbage, Mom, and top off the tankard. I love the Irish. I love them to pieces, everything about th ..... 
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Are You Game? Spring, the harbinger of great things to come

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to you and what a sports week it has been. Jim Harrick gets the boot in Georgia, as UGA’s NCAA and SEC Hopes slip past their fingers. The Twins are looking like last year’s ALCS squad.   First with C ..... 
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Township Roads: Almost the right word

Fri, Mar 7th, 2003
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When our second son, Matt, was just a little guy, he went on a school field trip. They were gone for the day to the Twin Cities. We didn’t know the trip itinerary so we quizzed him about his activities when he got home. We asked him what he had seen. ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Andy Wolter

Fri, Mar 7th, 2003
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You’ll never figure everything out. That’s life, no matter how much you hope and plan, there is nothing to guarantee anything will ever work. I guess that’s what makes life worth living, the fact you will never figure everything out, and the fact tha ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Jamie Rose Howe

Fri, Feb 28th, 2003
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Eighteen years I have experienced life here on this planet. In this world there is hunger, wealth, poverty, divorce, terrorism, hate, and love. I’ve experienced eighteen years of it, of pure...life. And as I approach graduation, it gets more and more ..... 
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