Happy Saint Patrick’s Day
It seems somewhat wrong to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day while the tragic events in Japan continue to enfold. But the events in Japan show how important it is that we celebrate and be grateful for life and being alive through joyous moments with family, friends and community.
The people of Japan and the people of Ireland share a difficult history. We are resilient peoples and we will both rise up and overcome our current travails. Indeed, the tragedy in Japan shows how the economic challenges facing Ireland, the UK, the U.S. and indeed most of the western world are minor when compared with the existential threat which earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, nuclear catastrophes and other environmental threats pose.
The thoughts and prayers of the Irish people are with the people of Japan on this our national day.