Monday, March 18, 2013

Did you wear green yesterday?

I did, I was made an Honorary Irishman in 1975.

Anyway it was all in good fun.

And yes, the San Antonio River is dyed green every year for St. Patrick's Day.

Green-decked crowds turn out to mark St. Patrick's Day
By Craig Kapitan - Express-News

Soon after the Air Force brought scientist Patrick Dowd to San Antonio in the 1960s, he, like many newcomers, decided to visit the Alamo. The first-generation American was surprised — and proud — to find an Irish flag hanging prominently in the shrine.

It turns out that almost a dozen Irishmen, and twice as many settlers of Irish descent such as Davy Crockett, contributed to the storied battle that would inspire Texas' fight for independence.

A year after Dowd's visit, he and others formed the Harp and Shamrock Society of Texas. The Irish heritage group has returned to the Alamo every St. Patrick's Day since.

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