St. Patrick’s Day

Rock of Cashel, Co. Tipperary. From Bartlett’s “Scenery and Antiquities of Ireland,” 1842

Of Irish descent on my mother’s side and having lived for a time in Ireland, I can tell you that the inhabitants of the Emerald Isle don’t at all care for the impression left by the movie “Darby O’Gill and the Little People” — or advertisements for the cereal Lucky Charms — that they are a “fairy” people: a somehow daffy and inebriated race surrounded by…

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Jerry Griswold

Jerry Griswold

Writer/critic/professor/journalist: children’s literature, culture, film, travel. Seven books, 100's of essays in NY&LA Times.