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st. patrick's day dinner party by
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Step into any pub in Dublin and you are guaranteed to be swept up in a dance, a song, or a debate. The Irish are a gregarious group and love to have a good time. Storytelling and song are a big part of the culture, and the musical traditions are alive and well across the country. You never know when someone's going to suddenly start dancing a jig.
With the right music, your guests may be inspired to burst into song or dance as well. There are dozens, maybe hundreds, of Celtic and Irish folk music compilations available for your very traditional listening pleasure. Don't, however, forget about the more contemporary Irish musicians that have made waves on the rock and popular music charts. Try listening to U2, Sinead O'Connor, The Cranberries, The Chieftains, or the Young Dubliners to feel the spirit of rebellion and defiance that lives on in Ireland today.
Shane Leslie, the poet, writer, and scholar, said, "Every St. Patrick's Day every Irishman goes out to find another Irishman to make a speech to." Being Irish himself, Leslie knew a thing or two about the Irish gift of gab. Storytelling, especially ghost stories, is a tradition dating back to the Celts. The debates that normally arise from those famous "speeches" generally provide hours of entertainment too. For your celebration, ask guests to come prepared to entertain, with hair-raising stories, songs, hot topics for discussion, or jokes.
When you're ready for them all to get out, dim the lights, ring last call, and stick some Enya -- another contemporary Irish artist -- on the CD player. Offer a traditional Irish blessing on their way out the door:
Or simply raise a final toast to their safe trip home.
Kelly Beachell Gasner is a freelance lifestyles writer. She lives in San Diego, CA.