Thursday, November 27, 2014
An Irish Thanksgiving
So just how do the Irish celebrate Thanksgiving? They don't -- it's a North American holiday. It could be argued however, that first Thanksgiving would not have occurred without the intervention of an Irishman. Times were getting desperate for the Pilgrims in America, they had foolishly set sail from England in September of 1620 and never made landfall in Massachusetts until November; they didn't arrive in Plymouth until late December. New England winters being what they are, and were, it's somewhat amazing they survived at all, in fact more than half of them did die that first winter, but all was not lost.
As it happened, one of the Pilgrims was the daughter of a Dublin merchant. Like any good father he was probably worried about his child in a strange new land, especially in the winter months, and he determined to do something to assist her and her fellow travelers. That assistance arrived in February of 1621 aboard The Lyon, in the form of food and drink and other supplies. Without that shipment, there would have been more deaths, and most likely the abandonment of Plymouth Colony, and no "first Thanksgiving". Hence the claim, the Irish saved Thanksgiving, not to mention civilization as we know it, but that's a story for another day.
I wish you all a happy, safe day, and thank you for reading.