A Leprechroon’s Irish Superstitions

My maternal Great-grandparents were both born in Dublin, Ireland around 1857. My Great-grandfather Matthew moved to London, established himself, and returned to Dublin to marry his sweetheart my Great-grandmother. As was the case with many Irish at the time, not long after they married in the 1880s they emigrated to England and started their family,Continue reading “A Leprechroon’s Irish Superstitions”

My Grandmother Madge, St Patrick’s Day, and Colcannon

I often think of my maternal grandmother, Madge, particularly around this time of year. She was born in London, England within a few years of her parents emigrating from Dublin, Ireland. As such, on ‘paper’ she was 100% English, yet she never forgot that the blood that coursed through her veins was pure Irish. InContinue reading “My Grandmother Madge, St Patrick’s Day, and Colcannon”

COVID-19 and St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

My maternal grandmother, and all of her siblings, was born in London, England. Her parents were Irish and, once married evidently made the decision to move across the way to England to seek a better life. So while my grandmother was English on paper her blood was 100% Irish. I suspect had the DNA testingContinue reading “COVID-19 and St. Patrick’s Day Dinner”

Poll: Should Montreal Cancel St. Paddy’s Parade?

The Montréal St. Patrick’s Day parade is the longest-running of its kind in Canada – uninterrupted since 1824! (Although the parade was actually canceled in 1918 for various reasons, some ascribed to controversies over WWI conscription, but Montrealers defied the city’s orders and paraded nonetheless.) With the current COVID-19 situation should the parade, like thoseContinue reading “Poll: Should Montreal Cancel St. Paddy’s Parade?”

Parade Routes, Pub Fires and Banshees

My maternal great-grandparents were born in Dublin, Ireland. So the amount of Irish blood I can claim to be coursing through my veins is perhaps best described as negligible. My first name, Deegan however, is an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic O’Duibhginn.  I figure these two assets give me just enough Irish background toContinue reading “Parade Routes, Pub Fires and Banshees”

Is It Safe To Come Out Now?

Is it safe now? Can I come out from under the bed and get back to doing my usual things? Can I stop playing invisible?Is the mayhem that is St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Montreal finally over? It’s been a few days, but I want to be certain. There are two days a year thatContinue reading “Is It Safe To Come Out Now?”

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! PleaseContinue reading “Happy St. Patrick’s Day”

Leprechauns And Parade Routes

With the month of March upon us, not coming in very lion-like here in Montreal I must admit, can spring be far behind? Another harbinger of better weather to come, something that restarts the soul after a long winter, is the annual Montreal St. Patrick’s Day parade in a couple of weeks. This year there hasContinue reading “Leprechauns And Parade Routes”

Green Line Before Pink Line

Dear Mayor Plante, In the months since your election last fall I think it fair to say things have been a bit rough for you. Not because you canceled the Formula E race and not because you axed a few big projects that would have cost millions (frankly the way climate change is affecting ourContinue reading “Green Line Before Pink Line”

Montreal Police Dampen St. Patrick’s Day Revellers’ Spirits

There has been much grumbling heard over the last week in several bars in downtown Montreal. Particularly, but not limited to, bars with an Irish theme located a mere shillelagh’s toss from the St. Patrick’s Day parade route. It seems the police put a damper on what is usually the most lucrative day of theContinue reading “Montreal Police Dampen St. Patrick’s Day Revellers’ Spirits”