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The Saint Patrick’s Day badge

Thursday, 17 March, 2016

It was my mother’s custom to send a Saint Patrick’s Day badge annually to be worn on the big day; to display the identity that meant so much to her; to represent her notion of nation in the wider world. No badge arrived this year and no badge will arrive ever again. Last year, conscious of her declining health, she made provision for 2016. The badge will be worn today and every moment of the wearing will be a tribute to her kindness and to her memory. Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!

St Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day

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