THE FAMILY ALBUM: Saint Patrick’s Day tradition

At 11:00 PM, the canine quartet and I crawled up the stairs to prepare for slumber.

I turned my laptop on and on Hulu 1952 motion picture, THE QUIET MAN, had just started.

Ugh. Sleep will wait.

When I was growing up in Elwood, Indiana, I often spent weekends with my grandparents who lived thirteen miles south of town in the country.

Most often, late any Saturday night would find my grandmother and I watching late night movies. I was probably in junior high when I first saw THE QUIET MAN starring John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Victor MacLagen, Mildred Natwick, and Ward Bond.

Grandma Donna loved Maureen O’Hara and was always excited when she’d find any Maureen O’Hara movie in TV Guide.

It was the music that attracted me, most. Motion picture composer, Victor Young’s score was filled with lush, haunting Irish melodies. The one melody that gripped me most was “The Isle of Innessfree.”

From 1990, I’ve watched THE QUIET MAN each Saint Patrick’s Day. I’ve purchased the DVD and have also purchased the streaming.

It’s always a joy to return to this movie each year, fondly remembering my grandmother’s enthusiasm for sharing with me her love of old movies, enjoying the film’s score, and celebrating my Irish heritage of the Clarys, the Daughertys, The Greenlees, and the Barnetts.

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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