Posts Tagged ‘ireland’

Frisco’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Gets a Wee Bit Political: JOIN CAMPAIGN FOR A UNITED IRELAND TODAY?

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Wasn’t it former Supervisor Chris Daly who wasn’t welcome at the Chinese New Year Parade because of the Tibet problem? I think so.

But here’s how 2017’s St. Pat’s parade looked like:

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“BREXIT MEANS BORDERS?” All right. So is that a good thing or a bad thing?

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I didn’t see the whole parade, I’m just a bit surprised to see this is all…

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How Forest Hill Sees Itself / How MUNI Sees Itself – Mural Depicts Frisco as a Bucolic Ireland with Detached Single-Family Homes

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Hey look – it’s the streetcar what’s named Desire:

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Or at least it’s somebody’s view of what big city living should look like.

Precita Eyes Mural Outside Laguna Honda Hospital Nears Completion

Lover I’m off the streets
Gonna go where the bright lights
And the big city meet
With a red guitar, on fire

And best of all, if we’re looking at the History of Forest Hill, and I think we are, there’s not any pesky Chinese laundryman playing basketball on his roof across the street…


…and no poors living next door

OMG, MUNDY Plays the Inner Richmond June 21, 23. 2013 – MUNDY! MUNDY! MUNDY! MUNDY! MUNDY! MUNDY! MUNDY!

Monday, June 17th, 2013

An arresting ad from The Richmond:

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City Hall Goes Red and Green in a Different Way – To Honor Mexico? Italy? Ireland? Ron Conway? Baby Jesus?

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

First City Hall was all like this.

Like a week ago:

But now it’s all like this:

See the diff?

Doesn’t it look something like the flags of Mexico, Italy and/or Ireland?

Speaking of Ireland, hated Republican billionaire Ron Conway can trace some of his roots back there, right? So maybe he called up weak-willed* Interim Mayor Ed Lee with some lighting ideas.

It’s not impossible.

Like remember when Republican billionaire Ron Conway got caught trying to improperly influence SFGov over the issue of street parking spaces near the offices of Pinterest? And then he lied about it?

And these days he “declines to state” whether he’s a Republican or not?

You know, if I were straight white male Republican billionaire who was willing to spend millions to buy political influence to make San Francisco more Republican I’d be all, “Gosh darn it, I’m a straight white male Republican billionaire who is willing to spend millions to buy political influence to make San Francisco more Republican!”

You know, direct, instead of, I don’t know, weaselly.

Oh, this just in, here’s a vote for Italy.

*“We talked in your office a couple of weeks before you entered the race and you confided in me that you didn’t want to run, but that Rose Pak and Willie Brown were putting a lot of pressure on you to run and you didn’t know if you had the strength to resist them.

“Eire Trea – Irish & Eritrean Cuisine” – Actual Taco Truck or Made-Up Movie Prop?

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Oh, come on.

As seen at Market and Buchanan:

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This one is new on me.

Let’s check the Twitter:

“Born and raised in Ireland and Eritrea, we have always had one thing in common: a love for wholesome, fresh and delicious food & come up with Afro Celt cuisine.”

OK fine.

San Francisco’s St. Patrick’s Day 2009 (aka “Shamrock Day”) a Sedate Affair

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Now back in the day, a place like the Little Shamrock on Lincoln in the Inner Sunset would be hopping on Saint Patrick’s Day, but tonight didn’t seem all that bustling at all. Mind you, the place was full, but it didn’t seem as busy as in years past.

Click to expand. Back in the day, pre-recession, you’d have a crowd of a hundred or so on the sidewalk in front of LS waiting to get in on “Shamrock Night.”  

The same could be said for the Irish-type bars in the Inner Richmond District as well. The Plough and Stars, Abbey Taven, the Bitter End and the like on Clement and Geary just didn’t seem to be all that busy.

Oh well.

Now about that “Shamrock Day” – it’s the politically correct term, apparently, so the wee ones won’t go Catholic on you, or something. (Yish.)

See you next year.

The President of Ireland Pays a Visit To the University of San Francisco

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

President Mary McAleese, that “ever popular Irish lady,” kicked off her week-long West Coast tour by entertaining a huge crowd gathered at the University of San Francisco this morning. (Which is great ’cause if there’s one thing this city needs more of, it’s Irish attorneys!)

All kidding aside, President McAleese was warmly received by the audience at cozy U.S.F.

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“Mary McAleese to receive honorary degree for tireless efforts to unify her country and promote peace
Mary McAleese, president of Ireland, will give a major public address, Ireland: Challenges and opportunities in a global community, during a special ceremony at the University of San Francisco (USF) on Thursday, Dec. 11. USF will honor President McAleese for her leadership and dedication to justice, equality, and social inclusion by awarding her an honorary doctorate degree during the ceremony.
“In honoring President McAleese for her steadfast commitment to the promotion of peace and unity in her homeland of Ireland and around the world, USF underscores its mission to fashion a more humane and just world,” said USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. “She is a leader who exemplifies a dedication to reasoned discourse and working for the common good–two skills we strive to instill in our students. Additionally, the university is proud of its Irish heritage, and we’re delighted to welcome President McAleese to our campus.”
In 2004, McAleese was re-elected to a second, seven-year term as president of Ireland. The theme of her presidency is “Building Bridges.” In her 1997 inaugural address, she declared: “We know our duty is to spread the benefits of our prosperity to those whose lives are still mired in poverty, unemployment, worry, and despair. There can be no rest until the harsh gap between the comfortable and the struggling has been bridged.” Her presidency has been noted for its concern and advocacy for reconciliation, justice, anti-sectarianism, equality, and social inclusion.
Irish roots are deeply embedded in the history of USF. Since the school’s founding in 1855, Irish immigrants and their descendants have served as Jesuit priests, trustees, faculty, and staff. Among USF graduates of Irish heritage, the university counts three California Supreme Court justices, a lieutenant governor, a U.S. senator and thousands of leaders in the legal, business, political, educational, religious, philanthropic and professional communities of the city, state, and nation.
The special ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11 in the McLaren Conference Center on the USF campus, located on Golden Gate Avenue between Masonic Street and Parker Avenue in San Francisco. This event is free and the public is invited to attend (reservations encouraged). A light, coffee reception will follow President McAleese’s speech and the bestowing of her honorary degree. Please reserve your seat by calling USF’s McCarthy Center at 415.422.4260. Members of the media, please contact Anne-Marie Devine at to reserve a press pass for the event.
About USF:
Established in 1855, USF is the city’s oldest university and is consistently ranked as one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the country. The University of San Francisco is committed to being a premier Jesuit Catholic, urban university with a global perspective that educates leaders who will fashion a more humane and just world. With nearly 8,500 enrolled, the university offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional students the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as persons and professionals, and the values and sensitivity necessary to be men and women for others.”
SOURCE University of San Francisco