St Patrick’s Day Special

end of the rainbow

At the Butt End of a Rainbow and Other Irish Tales

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone. I actually forgot today was St Patrick’s Day until I had an appointment and the staff was all decked out in green. COVID has killed my sense of time and I am stuck in some sick rendition of the movie Groundhog Day, repeating the same day over and over. Since I am married to Southside Irish and have been to the parade, drank beer, and marveled at the green Chicago River, I feel obligated to share this post from 2012.  You can read the original post here.

Holly and I have an obligation to post anything with the word “butt” in the title (snicker). Does this book qualify as an “awful” library book? Based on the cover and title, it just might. Those of us with the maturity of a 12 year old boy might just LOVE this book and check it out.

Irish folk tales? Definitely a good idea in a public library. Is it old? Sure. Folk tales tend to have no age. The physical book might be problematic after 50 years. If it still works in your library, there is really no reason to weed it unless it is falling apart.



  1. No need to snicker — “butt end” just means the handle end if it’s something you hold, or the end of a gun.

  2. Butt. (snicker) Also I’m wondering what green mer-boy is indicating with his fingers that’s 2-3 inches long. (snicker)

    I wasn’t aware that rainbows HAD handles.

    I hope everyone except the kid in the Aran sweater and boots is some sort of supernatural creature, because they all look very weird. I think they are.

    It’s probably fine if the book’s in good condition, but (snicker) it might be a good idea to take a look anyway — might be some language we find offensive nowadays. If not, it’s good for the kids to read a book of timeless tales that’s probably in more formal language than they’re used to. Builds reading skills.

  3. I wonder if the creature with long hair and blue skin is a banshee. If she is the other characters shouldn’t be looking so happy, especially if she starts wailing.

  4. I can hear that green merboy singing in a Kermit the Frog voice, “Why are there so many songs about rainbows, and what’s on the other side?”

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