Helen (Finegan) Wieland and Pat Malloy, of Carroll, have a chat this morning about St. Patrick’s Days past at Wieland’s room at St. Anthony Nursing Home.
Helen (Finegan) Wieland and Pat Malloy, of Carroll, have a chat this morning about St. Patrick’s Days past at Wieland’s room at St. Anthony Nursing Home.
Pat Malloy's green shoes jingled as he walked a hallway this morning at St. Anthony Nursing Home to meet a longtime Irish friend.

He's 100-percent Irish, he points out. So is Helen Wieland, the St. Anthony's resident who hugged Malloy this morning.

Malloy met her with his dapper St. Patrick's Day outfit - with its green sports coat and tie and pants and long white socks and ruffles of white that springs from the vest - that he's had since he was a wee lad at Creighton University in Omaha.

A tailor in the historic Valley Junction district of West Des Moines made the suit for about $80, said Malloy, of Carroll. And he's squeezed into it for St. Patrick's Day for the past 40 or so years.

"It stretches, thank God," he said.

Wieland matched him with her green jacket and an Irish doll pin - a family keepsake.

They were dressed for this last weekday before St. Patrick's Day on Sunday. Today is about the green. This weekend - in which Malloy will march in a parade in Westside - is about, well, "going from Pillar to port," as Wieland described an old Irish bar crawl in Carroll.

The Daily Times Herald claims ignorance of that phrase.