EDITOR’S NOTE: Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day and to help everyone get into the celebratory spirit, Charlie O’Leary, Joan Lynch, Gary Kump, Arlene McLean, Ellie Dunn and Harriet Geary submitted their original limericks featured here. We at The Montana Standard hope our readers will enjoy this slice of Irish tradition. More importantly, we hope you all have a fun, but safe holiday.
From Charlie O’Leary, Butte
St. Paddy's Day meant to be fested
Our local brews will be ingested
So have a few jars
But don't drive your cars
Or your arse will wind up arrested.
He survived Skibbereen as a child
The famine ship ride he reviled
He wandered to Butte
In his tattered old suit
Looked down at the dirt and just smiled
From Joan Lynch, Walkerville
Ellen Shannon she was on arrival.
Her passion, Butte's history survival.
She is now Ellen Crain,
Ruling Quartz Street at Main,
Where her domain is Grandly archival.
The're corned beefin' with cabbage and stout.
The're paradin' on Butte's festive route.
But St. Patrick, it's said,
Is scratchin' his head,
"What's that all about?"
It's St. Patrick's Day in the area,
With reveling crowds that could scare ya.
From the Pit to the Stack,
The Irish are back.
Come join us,
And we'll take good care ya.
From Gary Kump, Butte
Name Your Poison:
Patrick O‘Malley is dead
And here’s what his tombstone said
“He reached for some booze”
“But here’s the bad news”
“He grabbed some water instead”
Be Still My Heart:
There is an Irish girl named Jill
Who resides up in Walkerville
That moonshiner’s daughter
Drinks more booze than water
But she knows that I love her still
From Arlene McLean, Butte
There was once an old sot from Muldoon
Who went up in a hot air balloon
He was drinking his hooch
And consoling his pooch
When he awoke in a local saloon
From Ellie Dunn, Butte
There once was a man from Killarney
Whose neighbors said was full of blarney
He drank too much rye
And he bragged he could fly
Fueled by whiskey and chili con-carne
From Harriet Geary, Butte
Starkle, Starkle, little tink
Who the hell you are I think?
I'm not under the alcfluence of inkahol
Like most thinkle peep I am
I just had tee martunies and the drunker I sit here the longer I get!