Finbar Furey is Irish

It’s amazing, the things you find when you’re cleaning house or rearranging furniture.

Take this past weekend, for instance. I’m prepping my home for Tara’s arrival, because see that little countdown box over there to the left? 5 days, man. Five days!! She’s nearly here, and I need to do a little work to get the place in order before she pulls up sometime on Saturday evening. She’ll have stuff to move in, and I need to clear space for it. So on Sunday, I moved a filing cabinet into the closet. It’s a big, metal four-drawer one that had taken up residence against a wall in my bedroom more than five years ago. When I moved it, I found a festive green plastic necklace with shamrocks and letters that spelled out KISS ME I’M IRISH wedged between the filing cabinet and the wall.

Which is really weird, because

  1. I am not Irish.
  2. I have no recollection of ever wearing said necklace.

“Where in the name of the Blarney Stone did this come from?!” I wondered out loud, and that was weird because – again – I am not Irish.

For the record, I like the Irish. They make great cream. They have a fondness for the booze. And U2 is a kick-ass band. Daniel Day-Lewis is Irish. Conan O’Brien is Irish. Finbar Furey is Irish. I have no idea who the hell he is*, but you gotta love the name! Sean Connery isn’t Irish, but he still has a funny accent and Scotland is within spitting distance of Ireland, anyway. Close enough for me!

No, I'm not.

* I now know who he is, thanks to the internet. Ol’ Finbar is a folk musician who plays the uilleann pipe and banjo with his three brothers in their band, The Fureys. I have no idea what the hell a uilleann pipe is, though. I suppose the internet would tell me that too, but I fear I’d just slip down some rabbit hole of weird Irish terms and phrases that would keep me clicking away for hours, so I’m-a gonna pass on further research. It just ain’t that important.

I am so fond of the Irish, in fact, I made the heroine and protagonist of my book, No Time For Kings, Irish. Her name’s Rachel Sullivan and she’s a fiery redhead (stereotypes be damned) with a strong will. One of my favorite movies is Once starring Glen Hansard (very Irish); the film is set in Dublin, and while I have to watch it with subtitles on every freakin’ time even though they’re speaking English, I love it anyway. Angela’s Ashes is a poignant and memorable memoir written by the definitely-Irish Frank McCourt, who talks about his childhood in both Ireland and New York. I even made corned beef and cabbage a few weeks ago for St. Patrick’s Day. And let’s not forget frosted Lucky Charms.

They’re magically delicious.

My cat Sydney, modeling the mystery necklace. It could very well be hers, for all I know...

So I’ve definitely established the fact that Irish things appeal to me. Still, I cannot for the life of me figure out the origins of this Kiss Me I’m Irish necklace. I’m sure there’s a story behind it, and it’s probably a damn good one, too. It just kills me that I can’t remember it. The key question, of course, is: did anybody ever actually kiss me because I was wearing the necklace?

I doubt it. I’m pretty sure I’d remember a kiss.

I also don’t think it came out of a cereal box or anything, so the truth probably lies somewhere in between. Lost for the ages. Oh, well. I hope it was a fun occasion, whatever the occasion was.

And I wonder what other relics from the past I’m going to unearth while getting ready for my girlfriend?


Published by Mark Petruska

I'm a professional writer and editor living my best life in south central Wisconsin.

16 thoughts on “Finbar Furey is Irish

  1. Yay! First comment!! Going to have to do flips in the air over this one! Not really but it’s nice to imagine!

    If I’m not forgotten, The Quiet Man, with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara was filmed in Ireland. And let us not forget potatoes too!

    Funny about that necklace. It looks like something a bar would hand out for St. Paddy’s Day…or a parade even. If you ever figure it out…I’m sure the story would me a great one….


    1. And Maureen O’Hara is an Irish lass herself, so I’m not surprised the movie was set there! (Never seen it, though. Hey, I just finally got around to watching Gone With The Wind for the first time ever, as you know).

      It DOES look like something from a bar. Hmm…the plot thickens…


  2. Thank God you explained who this Finbar person is. I was afraid when I saw the title that this post was going to alert me to yet another of my popular culture deficets (sp? dictionary upstairs). Yikes! I mean, I guess it did, but I figure if you didn’t know, I don’t need to have known either.

    I’m sure Tara will appreciate the efforts at cleaning. Can’t believe it’s only 5 more days! How exciting for you both!

    Gotta love the fancy feline!



    1. Fear not, Kathy. Finbar is as much a mystery to me as he was to you. You know what’s funny? His brothers are named Paul, George (mini Beatles thing happening here?), and Eddie. Perfectly normal names. Where in the heck did Finbar come from??


  3. Oooh, you are SO busted for even mentioning the immortal & oh-so-SCOTTISH (read: totally not even a TINY bit Irish!) Sean Connery in the same post as Lucky Charms. Bad Mark. BAD!!!!


  4. Oh, I could tell stories about St. Patty’s Day shenanigans with my Ely girls. But I won’t. Don’t want to scare you off now that we’re so close to living together. LOL


  5. When you were talking about Irish you forgot Pierce Brosnan & the movie “Evelyn.” Remember when Pierce Brosnan was Remington Steele? He’s come a long way baby!


    1. There were only so many people I could list here, and Pierce didn’t make the cut – probably because I never watched Remington Steele. Or any of his 007 films. I did, however, catch him in Mrs. Doubtfire.


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