Gilroy man gets Irish jig-gy with it each year

Patrick McBrearty sprinkles St. Patrick's Day cookies with green

Gilroy
– Patrick McBrearty and his family celebrate their Irish
heritage religiously on St. Patrick’s Day.
The family of four, which includes McBrearty’s wife, Judy, and
his children, Megan Kathleen, 20 and Ryan Patrick, 18, usually
enjoy a hearty meal of corned beef and cabbage to celebrate. After
dinner, Patrick and Judy, dressed in green, head over to a friend’s
house to enjoy more food and drinks with friends of Irish
decent.
Gilroy – Patrick McBrearty and his family celebrate their Irish heritage religiously on St. Patrick’s Day.

The family of four, which includes McBrearty’s wife, Judy, and his children, Megan Kathleen, 20 and Ryan Patrick, 18, usually enjoy a hearty meal of corned beef and cabbage to celebrate. After dinner, Patrick and Judy, dressed in green, head over to a friend’s house to enjoy more food and drinks with friends of Irish decent.

“We decorate with St. Patrick’s Day decorations and make shamrock cookies,” Judy said with a smile.

The 53-year-old project manager at IBM was given the name Patrick because of his Irish roots and because of his birthday which falls on the 16th of March, the day before St. Patrick’s Day.

“My name was supposed to be Daniel, but my mother wanted it to be Patrick because of my birthday,” Patrick said.

His last name, McBrearty, means ‘son of fisherman.’

Although McBrearty has never been to Ireland, he has plenty of relatives who have and has more than 40 relatives that reside in the country. Most of his relatives come from Donegal, Ireland. Since he and his six siblings are third generation American, Patrick’s parents made sure that their children were in touch with there Irish heritage by having a night of Irish music, singing along to Celtic songs.

“I have a lot of family in Ireland,” McBrearty said with a chuckle. “My Auntie Lane has a pub in Ireland. Someday I might go there, when the kids are both out of school. I guess I’m pretty Americanized though.”

“But he does do a good impression of the Irish jig,” his wife said giggling.

This year, the couple helped host an event called, The Luck o’ the Irish, for the Gilroy Tennis Club where Patrick competed. The club holds an event every month to earn money for activities and tennis courts. The players compete until the end of the year and then are ranked according to their position each month.

Through it all, Patrick McBrearty is proud to be Irish.

“The tradition is neat and the heritage is such a happy one,” McBrearty said. “It’s great to be associated with those sort of folks.”

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