Bowled over by the Irish



There's a little bit of Irish in many an Australian and none are more proud than Jim Ballinger, from Sawtell. Well, truth be told, he wasn't actually born in Ireland, but that's okay, neither was St Patrick. But for the Irish, St Patrick is their hero and every year on March 17 the Irish all over the world love to celebrate him. Jim celebrates St Patrick's Day at Sawtell Bowling Club and his St Patrick's Day gesture is that he will shout a Guinness to anyone who turns up dressed in green. And you won't be able to miss Jim ? he's the little 'leprechaun' in green. So what makes Jim 'Irish'? His parents were born in the Emerald Isle in a little village called Ballingerville, about 15 kilometres out of Cork and even though Jim grew up in Ballarat, he went to an Irish school, and he keeps the Irish tradition alive in his life.



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