"Well, then. Now. I'll begin at the beginning. A fine soft day in the spring, it was, when the train pulled into Castletown, three hours late as usual, and Himself got off. He didn't have the look of an American tourist at all about him. Not a camera on him; what was worse, not even a fishing' rod!"

Father Peter Lonergan


Picture John Wayne exiting a train at a small train station in Ireland.  He surveys the lush green landscape that lays before him as he quickly lights a cigarette that seemingly lasts throughout the entire film. That’s opening scene from The Quiet Man; directed by famed director John Ford and renown cast including  John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Victor McLaglen, Ward Bond, and Barry Fitzgerald.

The characters in the film are as bright and colorful as the chromatic enhancements of the 1950’s.  A polite, soft-spoken fellow by the name of Sean Thornton, (Wayne), makes his way to the small Irish village of Innisfree. He's come back to his ancestral home to purchase his father's house,  but in doing so,  finds himself in a property dispute with  local squire "Red" Will Danaher (McLaglen). Complicating matters, Thornton catches a glimpse of beautiful redhead Mary Kate Danaher (Will's sister), and the two fall in love. Unfortunately in order to get married, Thornton has to get Will's permission first.  Hilarity ensues - seriously.

Each time I see this film, it reminds me of a few things: 1) The Irish (of which I am one) are: proud, feisty, prolific storytellers and equally prolific drinkers.  2.)  St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner.  How can I best represent my Irish roots?  With custom apparel by Whooptee, of course.  However, there are lots of things to consider . . . like the 3 P’s of St.Pat’s  

Parade - every town or city, has a parade either on the holiday or the weekend before; attire depends completely on the weather. Go for a classic J. America Tailgate Hooded Sweatshirt in heather gray and green, for a chilly parade or design a custom Bella + Canvas Unisex Jersey Tank for fun in the sun!   

Pub - Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to party!  Live Irish music - complete with fiddle and flute - is always a great workout for burning off pints of Guiness.  In this scenario, you want to wear something that allows you movement and flexibility, like a green and white Augusta Sportswear ¾ Sleeve Baseball Jersey. This style is great on guys and girls, which is perfect when ordering group shirts.

Penance or Play:  Clearly, it’s no accident that this Irish celebration always takes place during Lent.  So don’t forget to head to church in honor of St. Patrick.  However, if that’s not your thing, you can always honor him with a round of golf in your Gildan Ultra Cotton Jersey Sport Shirt in forest.  The business casual look is classy enough for any occasion.

Like Sean Thornton, start planning your own Irish adventure, but make sure you do it in style . . .with Whooptee.com.




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