The Irish are a soulful bunch. They’ve touched us through the arts in countless ways.
Like acting: Daniel Day Lewis, Liam Neeson, Kenneth Branagh, Colin Farrell, Peter O’Toole, Stephen Rea, Michael Fassbender and Gabriel Byrne
Or literature in its many forms: James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats, Jonathan Swift, Frank McCourt and Samuel Beckett
Or painting: Francis Bacon, John Lavery and Louis le Brocquy
And of course, music: Van Morrison. Elvis Costello, U2, The Corrs, The Pogues, Rory Gallagher, James Galway, The Dubliners and Bob Geldof
Listen to Van and The Chieftains performing Carrickfergus, an Irish folk song named for a town in Northern Ireland:
Wasn’t that lovely? Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!