Saint Patrick’s Day is upon us.  So get out your sack of spuds and get cooking. Corned beef and cabbage is fabulous but, until Saint Patrick Day is declared a national holiday, you’ll probably not have time cook such a fine meal. My advice is any kind of beef will do, but for the love of god, you have to have loads of spuds! The spuds are a staple Irish food and they make a nice starchy base before hitting the pubs.

Did you know Saint Patrick was a great storyteller and preacher? Saint Patrick’s Day is the perfect time to get your blarney on whether you’re Irish or not. St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just about drinking the legal or illegal limit of a thick and hearty Irish brew; it’s about making new friends. That should be easy, since as Irish men we have been blessed with the gift of the gab. So I highly recommend striking up a conversation with someone and if you’re not Irish find an Irishman to talk to on St. Paddy’s Day. As you know, we Irishmen love a good story and we Irishmen never tell a lie. Well, least not when we’re sober but after we’ve had a few pints we start spinning the blarney for sure.

Us Irishmen, we are a proud bunch and we love to boast about our cultural contributions. May I suggest that you brush up on Irish quotes from Irish poets and authors like Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, Yeats, Shaw, and Jonathan Swift. And it couldn’t hurt to read Thomas Cahill’s book “How the Irish Saved Civilization.”

Your might want to rest up your vocal cords as well. Upload on your iPod a week before St. Pat’s some Irish favorites like U2, Van Morrison, Saw Doctors, Dropkick Murphy’s, and The Pogues. We Irish love to sing and we all think we are really good at it after having a pint or two. But whatever you do, do not start singing Danny Boy or else you be ending your evening early.

On Saint Patrick’s Day there is nothing more sacred then “the wearing of the green” meaning to wear a shamrock on one’s clothing or to wear green clothing is symbolic of the shamrock. Saint Patrick used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the Celts. The shamrock has since become a symbol of Ireland and good luck. So make sure you are wearing green on Saint Patrick’s Day lest you be pinched by a mischievous Leprechaun.

So on that note, I wish you a successful Saint Patrick’s Day. After all, “Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result”—Oscar Wilde. Remember everybody is Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day, but only a few of us are lucky enough to be Irish all the time. So may your joys be deep and many, may your heart be light and glad, and may you have the best Saint Patrick’s Day that you have ever had.