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St. Patrick's Day in Nashville

March 2011: So Long and Fare Thee Well to Mulligan's Pub

After 20 memorable years of serving up fine brew and even finer music, Mulligan's Pub has closed its doors. Like another long-time Nashville institution, Da Vinci's Gourmet Pizza, Mulligan's closed its doors in December 2010. Nashvillians will miss this Irish stronghold; we're heartily sorry to see it gone.

But don't start sobbing in your suds. There are still other brew pubs in Music City to check out for St. Patrick's Day.

Tribute to the Irish

Southerners have an affinity for the Irish, probably because, like Southerners, the Irish have a way with words and a knack for story-telling. Irish writers like W. B. Yeats and James Joyce rank among the great 20th century masters of literature. In homage to the Irish's love of words, here is a charming poem by Yeats you can memorize and recite to your sweetheart as you toast the dear one:

Brown Penny

I whispered, "I am too young."
And then, "I am old enough";
Wherefore I threw a penny
To find out if I might love.
"Go and love, go and love, young man,
If the lady be young and fair."
Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,
I am looped in the loops of her hair.

O love is the crooked thing,
There is nobody wise enough
To find out all that is in it,
For he would be thinking of love
Till the stars had run away
And the shadows eaten the moon.
Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,
One cannot begin it too soon.

W. B. Yeats



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