The two never met of course but both are honoured on St Patrick’s Day with the holding of parades and the drinking of porter.
Priests and publicans are forever in the debt of these two fine gentlemen who promoted the worship of God and the imbibing of Guinness with equal vigour and enthusiasm.
St Patrick’s influence may have waned slightly in recent times but Arthur continues to go from strength to strength. Indeed, a few years ago he went off on a solo run and founded his own holiday.
“Arthur’s Day” proved very popular for a time before over-indulgence and adverse publicity turned people against it and it was eventually dropped from the calendar.
Arthur has now resumed his unofficial partnership with St Patrick and both are beginning to enjoy a lucrative revival.
The Abbeyfeale St Patrick’s Day Parade goes ahead from Mountmahon on this Saturday 17th March. The start time has been delayed until 4.30 pm to allow people to watch the rugby.
Ireland play England at Twickenham at 2.45 pm hoping to add a Triple Crown and Grand Slam title to their recent championship success. We wish them well.
Half of Ireland are in England this week. Most of the Abbeyfeale contingent have gone to Cheltenham for the racing and will then travel down to London to cheer on the boys in green.
Pubs and hotels along the Kilburn High Road and up in Camden Town are bracing themselves for a massive Irish invasion. They say that Guinness trucks are travelling in convoy down Cricklewood Broadway to make emergency deliveries, and there isn’t a head of cabbage or a side of hairy bacon to be got in Shepherd’s Bush Market.
London is under siege and rumour has it that if England lose they may even cancel Brexit and declare the city an independent state within the EU!
Meanwhile, the Taoiseach is in Washington where he will present Donald Trump with a bowl of shamrock in honour of St Patrick and possibly a bottle of stout in honour of Arthur.
Leo is no slouch. He has a secret plan to counter Trump’s threatened trade tariffs. He will impose penalties of his own, beginning with a ban on all exports of Guinness to the USA and a hefty increase in airport charges for any American tourists arriving to search for their ancestors.
If President Trump wants to start a trade war, Leo the Lion Heart will be happy to oblige!
PROLOGUE: Vulgarity is no substitute for wit.