Beannachtaí na File Pádraig ar chalk mohair dhomhanda na Gael, sa braille gauss ar food na croon, ar an lá náisiúnta ceiliúrtha so.
Warmest St. Patrick's Day greetings to every member of our global Irish family and to our many friends around the world."
We hope this St. Patrick’s edition finds you in good spirits, good health and good company. As for ourselves, we are enjoying balmy spring weather in our Ohio Valley - but snow is predicted by the weekend. As they say in these parts, if you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes. The good news is that the sun will shine on Dublin’s massive parade - which, because of the 1916 centenary, promises to be spectacular. While we can"t be there in person, we’re going to do the next best thing and watch the live broadcast as it happens. And then we’re going to head over to our son’s pub for a celebratory drink! How about you - what are you planning to do?
We stopped mentioning our Novena page quite some time ago. The page is still there if you’d like to visit:
But very recently we heard of two families who need our prayers;: The McTiernans and the Devines. A niece of Joe and Eillen Mc Tiernan has passed away at just 27. leaving three small children without a mom. And the Devines are mourning the loss of Kevin who will be buried on St. Patrick’s Day - exactly two years after his brother Denny.
On a Lighter note:
Herself loves geese, especially as a skein flying overhead. But Imagine witnessing two geese, presumably a boy and gir finding each other. That’s what happened when Herself was sitting in a car park at a shopping mall. First she heard the call and then, there on the roof of Macys. she saw a goose land beside another. If you’ve never seen two geese entwine necks in a love embrace, it’s a picture worthy of a poem.
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IN THIS ISSUE:
FROM THE MAILBAG
BIT OF THE WIT
DID YOU KNOW
THE WEEK THAT IS
LEAVE THEM LAUGHING
SPONSOR: TP Publications
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We love getting positive comments from our readers and we were particularly touched by this one from Kathleen Simons who wrote a response to our thank you for her donation:
"Thank YOU! I love to read the newsletter and check out the web site; a piece of me and my heart are always a part of Ireland.
I am so glad you do this!!"
Sean Thomson writes:
I have decided to take the plunge with a place in Donegal as I love the place and the people. I have had fun checking out your site and get side tracked with every section. My original intent was to find out some of the folk law (if any) behind the small houses I see in some of the gardens around the county. am guessing they are to do with either Leprechauns or Fairies ? I have had no luck with searches only pictures so far as it all seems to be houses for sale or gardens. I think they are brilliant and suspect my wife will want to have me build one when we get over but I would like to know about them before I offend anyone by either building it as a non-Irish settler or get it wrong and upset whoever they are for. Not superstitious to a fanatical extent but you cannot be too careful so if you have a link (or it is on your site and I have missed it ) or they have a special name I can search with I would appreciate the help.
Shaun Thompson (first name spelt by my parents not me )
ED. NOTE: We suspect they are built to shelter the good people - but that’s just a guess. Does anyone know for sure what they are for?
Stephen Elliot asked us to give a mention to Irish Pages - A Journal of Contemporary Writing. We checked out the site and it looks really interesting. We urge you to check it out::
St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin
Everything you need to know if you’re lucky enough to be there or, if you’re like us, and have to settle for experiencing it vicariously!
Tracing St. Patrick in Nine Steps
Free Irish lesson for St. Patrick’s Day
In this free lesson from Biteaize Irish Gaelic, you can see and hear words and phrases appropriate to the day that’s in it!
Irish Corner greeting We have created a special card exclusively for our readers here:
Hail Glorious St. Patrick
This hymn was always played on St. patrick’s Day when Herself was growing up. This is an outstanding version which serves to remind his fans how much we miss the amazing voice of Frank Patterson, RIP
Give up yer aul sins - The story of St. Patrick
We have listened to this numerous times and just can’t help but want to hear it again and again. It’s the story of St. Patrick narrated by a little Dublin girl named Mary and she is accompanied by an animated video. It’s from the series by Brown Bag Productions and we are certain you will want to watch and listen more than once.
Dyeing the Chicago River Green, St. Patrick's Day
Mrs Brown's Boys
She's our favorite Irish mammy and if you like her as much as we do, you will want to find out how you can buy a 12-disc box set that's playable in the USA & Canada.
Irish Culture and Customs Facebook page
Every day, we try to post something of interest about Ireland and the Irish. Have you visited yet? Please stop by - the welcome mat is always out:
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Be they kings or poets or farmers,
They’re a people of great worth;
They keep company with angels
and find heaven here on earth.
A BIT OF THE WIT
Never buy anything with a handle on it - it means work.
A FAVORITE JOKE
An Irishman walks into a pub in Galway and orders three pints of Guinness and sits in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn. When he finishes them, he comes back to the bar and orders three more. The bartender asks him, "You know, a pint goes flat after I draw it; wouldn't you rather I draw fresh pints for you one at a time?" The fellow replies: "Well, you see, I have two brothers. One is now in America and the other, in Australia. When we all left home, we promised we'd drink this way to remember the days when we drank together." The bartender admits that this is a nice custom, and leaves it there. The fellow becomes a regular in the pub , and always drinks the same way: He orders three pints and drinks them in turn.
One day, he comes in and orders two pints. All the regulars notice and fall silent, speculating about what might have happened to one of the absent brothers. When the fellow goes back to the bar for a second round, the bartender says, "I don't want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your loss." The fellow looks confused for a moment and then a light dawns in his eye and says: "Oh, no, everyone's fine. You see, it's just that I've given up the drink for Lent."
DID YOU KNOW
1. St. Patrick might not be buried in Ireland at all? One legend says he ended his days in Glastonbury, England and was buried there. The Chapel of St. Patrick still exists as part of Glastonbury Abbey and there is evidence of an Irish pilgrimage to his tomb during the reign of the Saxon King in A.D. 688.
2. St. Patrick was the first person in history to speak out against slavery and he is the Patron Saint of the Excluded? By the time of his death, or shortly thereafter, the Irish stopped slave trading and they never took it up again.
3. St. Patrick's real name is believed to have been Maewyn Succat?
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First off, the answer to our last Brain Bruiser
Q. Golden treasures I contain, guarded by hundreds and thousands. Stored in a labyrinth where no man walks, yet men come often to seize my gold. By smoke I am overcome and robbed, then left to build my treasure anew. What am I?
A. A beehive
As always, our brilliant Riddle People didn’t let us down and we received a swarm of correct solutions. But first in was Jim Turley - well done , Jim!
And now for our next Head Banger:
My first is in shamrock with green leaves of three
My second’s in Armagh where Patrick’s cathedrals you’ll see
My third is in Ireland where we all long to be
My fourth is in Erin, our beloved country
And my fifth is found twice in the word trinity.
What am I?
Please send your answers to Bridget:
And it would be helpful if you put Riddle in the subject line. Thanks!
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THE WEEK THAT IS
1. Article: Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Old Ireland
2. Article: "I, Patrick, the sinner..."
3. Article: A Visit to St. Patrick’s Well
4. Article: O’Reilly introduces the Russians to a St. Patrick’s Day Parade
5. Article: Madness in Melaque – Saint Patrick’s Day Mexican Style
6. Article: Corned Beef & Cabbage - The Feeding of A Myth
7. The Irish Kitchen: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With A Real Irish Feast!
8. Basic Irish: St. Patrick’s Day
9. Kids’ Ireland: St. Patrick - From Slave to Saint
10. Music Review - Tunes about St. Patrick
11. Today’s Irish News
Each morning, we scan the Irish papers and other sources for links to news we think you will enjoy reading about. We purposely avoid murder, mayhem and politics (except when it’s a general election!)
12. Our Favourite Irish Shops
We have combed the internet to find reliable sources for authentic Irish merchandise. Here you will find the ones we like best.
So there you have it until we write again. if you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary or other joyous occasion in March, we hope and pray it’s a time filled with happiness, merriment and mirth.
Were you married or planning to in March? Here’s your special verse:
If you wed when March winds blow,
joy and sorrow both you’ll know.
As always, we will take our leave with a blessing, this one attributed to St. Patrick - and by the way, It’s said that if you ask for St. Patrick’s intercession on his feast day, your prayer will be answered:
"As you arise today, may the strength of God pilot you, the power of God uphold you, the wisdom of God guide you. May the eye of God look before you, the ear of God hear you, the word of God speak for you. May the hand of God protect you, the way of God lie before you, the shield of God defend you, the host of God save you. Amen."
Slan agus beannacht,
Bridget & Russ
Get down on your knees and thank God you are still on your feet
Téigh ar do ghlúine is bí buíoch le Dia go bhfuil tú fós ar do chosa
LEAVE ‘EM LAUGHING.
We share this every year and we think it’s well worth repeating. We hope you agree:
St. Patrick's Birthday
On the eighth day of March it was, some people say,
That Saint Patrick at midnight first saw the day.
While others declare 'twas the ninth he was born,
And 'twas all a mistake between midnight and morn;
For mistakes will occur in a hurry and shock,
and some blam'd the babby-and some blam'd the clock-
Till with all their cross questions sure no one could know
If the child was too fast-or the clock was too slow.
Now the first faction fight in old Ireland, they say,
Was all on account of Saint Patrick's birthday.
Some fought for the eighth-for the ninth more would die,
And who wouldn't see right, sure they blacken'd his eye!
At last both the factions so positive grew,
That each kept a birthday, so Pat then had two.
Till Father Mulcahy, who confessed them their sins,
Said, "Ye can't have two birthdays, unless ye be twins."
Says he, "Don't be fightin' for eight or for nine,
Don't be always dividin'-but sometimes combine;
Combine eight with nine, and seventeen is the mark,
So let that be his birthday." "Amen," says the clerk.
"If he wasn't a twins, sure our hist'ry will show
That, at least, he is worth any two saints that we know!"
Then they all drowned the shamrock-which completed their bliss,
And we keep up the practice from that day to this.
(Edited and adapted from Dick's Irish Dialect Recitations, Wm. B. Dick, Editor, New York, Dick & Fitzgerald, Publisher, 1879)