The Best Paddy’s Day Film

Darby OGill

If you have never heard Sean Connery sing, then you have your first reason to see this film. If you want to work on your Irish accent and refine your understanding of leprechauns, pots of gold, banshees and other magical elements of lore from the Old Country, then you have two.

[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Sean Connery was only twenty nine years old and, believe it or not, he sings pretty well. [/pullquote]

Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959) is pure Disney, pure Irish, and a perfect delight–especially on March 17th.  Sean Connery was only twenty-nine years old and, believe it or not, he sings pretty well.

As I am one quarter Irish–my grandmother a Murphy clan matron–all credit for whatever creativities and romantic whimsies might reside in me goes to that heritage.

You can buy or rent the movie on And then just try not to get carried away: I can personally attest to the potential disasters that can follow shots of Tullamore Dew and trying to dance a jig while mimicking the cry of the Banshee–after a stomach full  of corned-beef and cabbage.

As part of the celebration, I will also post a short story that touches on Celtic tradition. It’s taken from Unit One and was inspired by my nieces who loved talk of Druids.  Here’s the link just below:

A Token of the Holly King








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