Author: Stephanie Fairbanks

Erin Go Braugh and Ciao Bella Meet

Have I mentioned the Italian guy? I probably haven’t mentioned the Italian guy. I’ve actually been trying NOT to mention the Italian guy, even to myself. However, there is an Italian guy. If you want to add the proverbial (and in this case, quite delicious) icing to the Irish cake, picture this: You’re all alone, feeling the happiest you’ve ever felt in your life and you’re aware of that moment as it is occurring, and then you’re sitting on the banks of the Aran Islands in Galway (I mentioned you’re in Ireland, of all places), when suddenly there appears, completely out of nowhere, an unbelievably beautiful young man holding a guitar who has the darkest yet softest eyes you’ve ever seen, and he looks at you wearing the kindest smile you’ve ever laid eyes on, and then he starts singing… in Italian. If there is any woman (or man, for that matter) who tries to deny that falling madly and deeply in love at first sight during a moment such as this is not the absolute only option available, I will say she, or he, does not own a working heart or is a diagnosable pathological liar. There simply is no other option. You fall in love. And for now that is all I am saying about the Italian...

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A Happy St. Paddy’s Day Celebration… It’s All about Location!

With my trip to Ireland just around the corner, St. Patrick’s Day brings with it an added touch of nostalgia for all things Irish. And what better place to plant yourself for the National Holiday of Ireland than on the streets of Dublin? Well, if in addition to the Irish obsession, you’ve also got a hankering for all things Italian, New Orleans might be the next best location for a unique St. Paddy’s Day excursion. While living in New Orleans a few years back, I came to experience the Irish-Italian connection by witnessing the Irish-Italian Annual Parade, which (funny enough) takes place every year on the Sunday immediately following St. Patrick’s Day. According to the parade’s official Web site, “This parade originated many years ago when Italian Henry Hoff and Irishman Eddie Renton, Sr. decided it was time to have their own parade. Their motto was ‘It’s about time we get together!’ It didn’t take long to interest others in the idea, and the Irish-Italian Parade was born!” For this parade, in addition to the traditional beads that are thrown at all New Orleans parades, you will also see strands of green, white, and red beads dangling medallions in the shape of Italy. However, the most highly sought-after prizes being thrown from the floats are the ingredients needed to fix up a big delicious pot of Irish stew, also...

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Lots of Good Crack to be Had?

Is that what she said? Did my sweet little Irish friend mention doing CRACK with me in Ireland? I mean, at times in my life I’ve been up for all sorts of various pleasantries, but CRACK? Huh? Surely this couldn’t be what she meant. So, instead of making a complete fool of myself by asking if she had actually thrown out the suggestion of us becoming drug addicts together on the green isle, I decided to do the reasonable thing and toss the words “crack” and “Ireland” into a Google search. What I found certainly aided in the interpretation of my friend’s exclamation that “There’s lots of good crack to be had.” First of all, it’s not “crack” (what a surprise, I know). It’s CRAIC. This is an increasingly common Gaelic word used in modern Ireland to the point that it’s apparently becoming nearly epidemic. CRAIC is defined in a variety of ways, but according to the research I’ve come up with so far, no Irish person will offer a direct translation. The closest thing that it seems most folks agree on is something like this: “CRAIC includes, but is not limited to, fun and/or enjoyment mixed with alcohol and/or music experienced among friends and/or the people you happen to be with at the time of the occurrence of the craic.” Therefore, as someone who has been to Ireland...

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Téann an Saol Thart Mar a Bheadh Eiteoga Air…

…Life goes as quickly as if it had wings. I have no idea how many times I’ve told that story over the last 20 years. With each telling of that moment in time, it comes from further in the past, the images blurring more and more around the edges. Now I find myself wondering; Do I really remember that moment or have I just told the story so many times that I simply think I remember it? Like reflecting on a book read long ago, the sense of the story is there, the basic plot and characters, but the details are faded and many completely lost. And it was exactly this analogy that prompted me to consider re-reading that story, revisiting the site of the happiest moment of my life, and possibly once again run through the streets of Dublin in the rain. But how does a single mother with no money and barely even a job go about buying a plane ticket to Europe? I started by calling the one person I know in Ireland and asking her, “How do I, a single mother with no money and barely even a job go about buying a plane ticket to Ireland?” Her response; “Just buy the ticket.” I proceeded to give her a rundown of all the obstacles that would keep me from revisiting the site of the happiest...

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A Moment in Dublin

Once upon a time, long ago, a young woman found herself, quite by chance, running in the rain through the streets of Dublin, when suddenly it dawned on her, “I am having the happiest moment of my entire life.” At the enormity of this thought, she stopped and scanned the panorama of where she stood, taking in every nuance, every light, every sound, every smell, absorbing the moment with every cell in her body. And it was during this moment that an even more profound thought crossed her mind; “Not only am I having the happiest moment of my entire life, but I am also completely aware that I am having the happiest moment of my entire life in the exact moment that it’s occurring.” And so it was that the young woman took one more look around, smiled to herself, and then continued running in the rain through the streets of...

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