Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of the leprechauns of the blog from the Turley Clan.

I am still nursing my broken ankle and the family is still grieving the loss of Molly. However, the leprechauns returned again this year. The little rats complained that we left only one beer and broke into our stash in the garage, leaving empty cans all over the kitchen. Their over-indulgence however led one to fall into Madie’s Leprechaun trap and another in Aidan’s trap. However, they fashioned little ropes and escaped. They left our traditional gold dollar coins on the tree outside for each kid. They also sent the kids on a riddle-laden hunt for a pot of chocolate coins with clues left around the house on three-leaf clovers. The kids have eaten the green donuts and drank the green milk left in their wake.

We are going to stay home today listening to Irish music and waiting to have our corned beef and cabbage tonight. In the meantime, we are still finding objects turned upside down by the mischievous little men.

Best wishes to the Turley clan in Ireland, particularly in the counties Armaugh and Down.

And to everyone . . . Erin go Bragh!!!

28 thoughts on “HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!!!”

  1. OS, The baby definitely looks Irish, and you are right in that corned beef is not often served in Ireland. This menu is the St. Patrick’s Day menu for one of my favorite countryside inns in County Tipperary.

    Salad of Ballyhoura Donkos & Toonsbridge Buffalo Ricotta
    Comfrey cottage baby beets & leaves, candied walnuts, Second Nature rapeseed oil

    Spring Carrot & Cardamom Veloute
    Kilowen yogurt, mint oil

    Connemara Smokehouse Organic Salmon
    mozzarella popover, Goatsbridge caviar, Glenilen creme fraiche

    Apple Sorbet
    ginger jelly, cucumber, black sesame

    Crowe Brothers Rare Breed Pork
    fondant potato, Highbank Orchard syrup, wild garlic puree

    Lemon Cream
    blueberries, flamed meringue

    Valrhona Dark Chocolate Cake
    white chocolate, hazelnut brittle

    Ponaire Artisan Coffee, Tea or Herbal Tea

  2. Corned beef and cabbage are an American invention as a St. Patrick’s Day meal. Corned beef (aka bully beef) was heavily salted, called “corning,” in order to preserve it for shipping overseas. The Irish in Ireland, rather obviously, preferred fresh meat to the preserved meat, using it only in times of meat shortages.

  3. Seems the Turleys have rituals and traditions for all the good holidays. That’s nice.

    OS, Ryan is a cute little leprechaun. No doubt he’s Irish.

    Thanks all for celebrating my birthday. It’s always been a wonder that so many people, including so many that I don’t know, go all-out in celebrating it. Always a day late, but what the heck.

  4. A bottle of Redbreast 12 Year and a Cranberries CD are awaiting this evening.

    Why? Because I can.

  5. frankmascagniiii…i grew up with Italians & Irish families…they ate
    “Cornbeef parmigiana” for St. Patties’ Day !
    Everyone Enjoy !

  6. A St. Patty’s Day toast to all JT bloggers, lurkers, and commenters.

    With Guiness of course.

    I just drank from a bottle of the Guiness World Records … aka Guiness Stout.

    And just did some gardening, landscaping, on a great day.

  7. You’re all Irish today whether you want to be or not.

    On the plus side, it comes with beer and kisses.
    On the minus side, it comes with pinches for not wearing green (unless you like that sort of thing).

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  8. Jonathan, sorry to highjack the St. Patrick’s Day well wishes. I know you’re both Italian and Irish and best wishes on your Irish celebration. But I thought the 50th anniversary of the Gideon decision would be cause for you to celebrate as well.

    I’m looking forward to Christopher Columbus Day on October 14, 2013!

  9. Jonathan, The Turley Clan and everyone else who celebrates have great day. I’m under the weather with the flu but I’m about to watch the University of Miami on their trek to glory.

  10. Did you hear about the Irishman that lost a hundred dollars on a horserace. No, well you wont beleve the guys luck…He lost another hundred on the television replay.

  11. March, 2013 other important dates:

    March 18……50th anniversary of Gideon vs. Wainwright:

    Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963), is a landmark case in United States Supreme Court history. In the case, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that state courts are required under the Fourteenth Amendment to provide counsel in criminal cases for defendants who are unable to afford to pay their own attorneys, extending the identical requirement made on the federal government under the Sixth Amendment.

    Here is an interesting article written by two Kentucky lawyers, members of the Kentucky Association of Criminal defense Lawyers, http://www.kacdl.net that hosted Jonathan at our annual seminar and conference in 2008:


    Ky. Voices: At liberty’s core: right to counsel

    Published: March 17, 2013


    Clarence Gideon was charged with burglary of a pool hall in Panama City, Fla., in 1961. Without a lawyer, he was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison based on a witness who said he had seen Gideon leaving the poolroom at 5:30 a.m. with money in his pocket and a bottle of wine, and on the unchallenged testimony of a taxi driver.

    Poor defendant won for all 50 years ago

    By Ed Monahan and Dan Goyette

    Imagine your daughter, brother or best friend were arrested. Surely, you would urge him or her to seek counsel to ensure that his or her rights were protected, regardless of guilt or innocence, so that the best result could be achieved under the circumstances.

    This is a special time to recognize the importance of that right to counsel. We are in the 40th year of the statewide public defender program established in 1972 by Gov. Wendell Ford, who appointed Tony Wilhoit as the first chief defender.

    It is also a special time because March 18 is the 50th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Gideon v. Wainwright. The ruling requires the state to provide counsel to a person too poor to hire an attorney when charged with a felony. The court has continued to expand the right to counsel to any charge that places a person’s liberty at risk.

    The constitutional mandate is clear: the state must either provide counsel for an indigent defendant or it cannot proceed with a prosecution. This is what the Sixth Amendment in our Bill of Rights guarantees.

    Like doctors, teachers and accountants, lawyers are professionals who help lay persons when they are in need or something significant is at risk. Most importantly, though, lawyers protect our liberty. That is what is at stake in criminal cases. Individual liberty is the core American value.

    Our American ideal is radical in this sense: each person is entitled to due process, even those without money. Never has the world seen such an ideal embodied in law, preserved and put into practice in this ongoing American experiment of which we are still a part.

    The nobility of our American values is exceptional. The application of our values involves a web of complexities and can be challenging.

    Clarence Gideon was charged with burglary of a pool hall in Panama City, Fla., in 1961. Without a lawyer, he was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison based on a witness who said he had seen Gideon leaving the poolroom at 5:30 a.m. with money in his pocket and a bottle of wine, and on the unchallenged testimony of a taxi driver.

    After the U.S. Supreme Court held it was unconstitutional to try a man for a felony without giving him a lawyer on request, Gideon was retried, this time with a lawyer.

    In Gideon’s first trial, the taxi driver said Gideon asked to be picked up at the pool room at 2 a.m. The prosecutor asked the driver, “Did Mr. Gideon say anything when he got in the cab?” And the driver answered, “Yes. He said, ‘Do not tell anyone you picked me up.'” There was no questioning by the unrepresented Gideon.

    At Gideon’s second trial, however, Gideon’s lawyer did question the taxi driver. He asked, “Had he ever said that to you before?” “Oh yes,” the taxi driver answered, “he said that to me every time I picked him up.” “Why?”… “I think it was some kind of woman trouble.”

    This time Gideon was found not guilty.

    Lawyers made a difference for Gideon, and they make a difference in our American system of justice, which has at its core a revolutionary devotion to liberty.

    The anniversary of the Gideon decision is an occasion to renew our support for a statewide public defender program that protects the liberty of all Kentuckians.

    Public defenders lower the cost of incarceration for counties and states by:

    • Providing representation at first appearances in court and advocating for pretrial release;

    • Advocating for appropriate sentences based on the facts of the case;

    • Developing alternative sentencing options that avoid incarceration and provide individually based treatment that reduces recidivism.

    • Assisting clients upon adjudication with re-entry needs, including employment and housing;

    • Preventing expensive wrongful convictions.

    To play their role properly, public defenders need reduced caseloads to allow adequate time to represent each client, increased resources to develop alternative sentencing options and funds sufficient to contract with local private lawyers when the system faces professional conflicts.

    Liberty does not defend itself. Public defenders preserve, protect and defend liberty each time they represent a client. Clarence Gideon’s case proved that 50 years ago.

    Ed Monahan is Kentucky Public Advocate.

    Dan Goyette is chief public defender of the Louisville Public Defender’s office.

  12. Happy St. Patricks Day! I hope that this will help ease the pain of your recent loss. I visited Ireland a few years ago and loved it.

  13. Happy St. Patrick’s Day….. from Dingle, County Kerry, Ballina, County Mayo and Youghal, County Cork

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