The “Grumpy” Poet – What’s There to be Grumpy About on St. Patrick’s Day? I Tell You!


First off, I’m not Irish! But I have respect for those who are like my partner and co-founder Brendan Tully “TheSaint” Walsh. Though my name is Brendan, and yes I’m named after an Irish man, more specifically the Irish poet Brendan Behan (My father loved his work), I am not. But, especially on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone makes the assumption I am and wishes me a Happy St. Paddies … well, you can kiss my Blarney Stone!

Here are 3 reasons to be grumpy on St. Paddies Day

Angry Leprechauns

Whatever you do, do not steal gold from a Leprechaun – it makes them very angry! In fact they will hunt you and all your friends down and kill you and them.

Interesting fact: In the original movie, released in 1983, it all begins on January 10th – that’s my birthday. Coincidence? I think not!

Faux Irish

There’s is nothing more annoying than people pretending to be Irish on St. Paddies Day. Fake accents, ridiculous attire, getting the words wrong to every Irish tune, calling it St. Patty’s Day – it’s Paddy – and having zero knowledge of the history of this holiday. And for God’s sake, don’t wear a “Kiss Me I’m Irish” shirt if you’re not!

An excuse to get falling down drunk

There’s nothing more annoying than a drunk, any day of the week, so why use St. Paddies Day as an excuse? We have a name for people like you – it starts with a “D” and ends with an “ouche”!

What does this have to do with Marketing? Nothing! Except for the fact that it is just one more exploited holiday on the calendar to to take advantage to make a sale or build brand awareness. There are plenty examples of bad St. Paddies marketing, but I’ll leave that for another post.

2 thoughts on “The “Grumpy” Poet – What’s There to be Grumpy About on St. Patrick’s Day? I Tell You!

  1. rayhiltz

    Hey, Brendan, who pissed into your bowl of Lucky Charms this morning?
    What’s wrong with people pretending to be Irish.?
    Look at what it does for the sales of green food colouring.
    Some Jews are a little bit Christian at Christmas, some straights, a little bit gay at The Oscars.

    As for drinking. Yeah, drunks are a pain in the arse, but as your famous poet and namesake, Brendan Behan said: “I only drink on two occasions — when I’m thirsty and when I’m not.”

    He’s an Irish icon. (Then again, so is Oscar Wilde and look where it got him.)

    All that to say, Brendan, mythical or not, any excuse to tune out the troubles of world for awhile by kicking up your heels à la Riverdance and putting your arms around a stranger while butchering the lyrics to “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” is a grand thing, indeed.

    I’m not Irish, but having gone to an Irish Catholic school where every St. Patrick’s Day meant a trip to the auditorium to watch Bing Crosby sing Too-A-Loo-Ra_loo-Ra in “Going My Way”, makes me Irish enough to be called Ray O’Hiltz for a day. 🙂

    1. The Poet Post author

      Well said! But, after all this is the grumpy poet column 🙂

      As for Mr. Behan, yes he’s an Irish icon and I followed in his footsteps for many a year, but I was lucky enough to wise up.

      All in good fun!


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