"On this glorious day of the 17th, March, as an Irish-born man who now lives in Haworth, I wish all my family and friends a very happy Saint Patrick's Day.
There were some disadvantages to being Irish as I grew up, but such were always greatly outweighed by the advantages. I'll never forget the first Irish funeral I attended as a child and in particular, the words that the priest conducting the ceremony used to describe the man being buried.
As the coffin was lowered into the grave, the deceased was described as having been 'a saint, scholar and gentleman.' A large part of me regretted never having known this great man. Over the years that followed I attended numerous Irish funerals. I was almost eleven years old before I realised that every Irish man I'd ever seen buried had been described by the priest conducting the burial as having been 'a saint, scholar and gentleman!'
So there you have it, you English folk. All Irish men are born, live and die superior to other nationalities. Saint Patrick himself must have truly worked his miracles when he converted every man in dear old Ireland to saints, scholars and gentlemen. Isn't it just a shame that he did nothing to change the weird and wild ways of the Irish woman, who let me tell you, no English man will ever be able to tame and turn into an English lady. Happy Saint Patrick's day: mine's a pint of Guinness." William Forde: March 17th, 2014.