Gleefully ghoulish and ghostly greetings to all, God help us!
Does that opening greeting sound familiar? Health issues have played havoc with the work schedule and rather than not send any newsletter at all on such an important date in the Celtic calendar, we are reprising a previous edition - with a few modifications. We hope to have a new update out to you in the next week or so. Meanwhile, in a nod to the day that’s in it, on with this moldy oldy!
Welcome to our Hallowe’en and Samhain edition. We hope it finds you on the pig's back and fit as a fiddle. If this is your first issue, many thanks for joining us and if you enjoy our musings and meanderings, please feel free to forward them on to your family and friends.
Meanwhile, are you ready for Spirit Night? Here in our Ohio Valley, Mother nature is not being kind to the Trick or Treaters with a wet and windy evening predicted. Not that nasty weather ever bothers the wee witches and goblins (even if their chaperones don’t look too thrilled).
Eight o’clock is the official end to Trick or Treating in our neighborhood. That’s when we’ll extinguish the pumpkin lights, draw the curtains and relax for a while with a drink. Also on the agenda is putting into practice an old superstition to find out if we’ll be in good health until next Hallowe’en. Each of us will take a perfect ivy leaf and place it in a cup of water where it will be left undisturbed until tomorrow morning. If our leaves are still perfect and don’t have any spots on them, we should be in fine shape for the next 12 months. Fingers crossed it may be so, because Herself has been fighting off a nasty bug.
ONWARDS: We hope all of our readers in the Republic enjoyed a safe and happy bank holiday weekend and we wish everyone in the UK the same for Guy Fawkes Night on November 5th. Bridget well remembers as a little girl going with friends to Wimbledon Station in the days before November 5th with an effigy of what looked more like a scarecrow than the Gun Powder Plot conspirator. We’d prop him up against a wall so people could see him as they passed by. We’d then cry out “Penny for the Guy, Penny for the Guy!” Do they still do that? What little money we made was used to buy fireworks and our poor misfortunate effigy was burned on a bonfire. We can’t imagine kids being allowed to do that anymore. Enough of the blather- on with the update ...
IN THIS ISSUE:
Quips, Quotes, Proverbs & Toasts
A Bit of the Wit
Joke of The Week
Did You Know
The week That Is
Leave 'em Laughing
SPONSOR: Please visit our friends at Lollysmith
Cold weather is just around the corner. To help make the winter months a little more manageable, the Lollysmith family has selected comfort gifts like Irish Soda Bread Dishes and Pub Ware to keep the warmth inside, Blackthorn walking sticks for navigating outdoors , and Tree of Life Tokens to remind us of the warm gift of Family. Whatever the time of year and whatever the occasion, you are sure to find what you are looking for at Lollysmith.And tell them Bridget & Russ sent you!
Irish Ghosts & Tales from Ireland
Describing ireland as "an emerald jewel in the paranormal crown", this site offers a comprehensive database featuring haunted locations all over the country.
Haunted Britain & Ireland
Intended to be the most comprehensive listing of British and Irish ghosts on the internet, the content on this site has been exhaustively researched and provides those who seek the mysterious with an unrivalled resource of true ghost stories.
In honour of All Saints Day - November 1
Jack & Vivian Hennessy of The irish Page offer a lovely tribute accompanied by the hymn Be Thou My Vision - one of Bridget’s favourites. Please click
The old classic with a wicked twist. It's worth getting the letters wrong and losing just to hear the comments and see the end result! This one came to us by way of our good friend Hartson Dowd. Go raibh maith agat!
Real ghost photos - Real ghost stories
Hollow Hill is one of the Internet's oldest and most respected sites for ghost hunters. They specialize in haunted sites that you can visit. http://www.hollowhill.com/
SPONSOR: Please visit our friends at the Celtic Attic
After four years without one, they once again have a brick and mortar location in the Claywerks studio artisan loft. The address if you would like to visit - and they’d love to see you - is 408 Pacific Ave, Bremerton WA 98337. Please check out their Facebook page for more information about what is happening at the store:
In addition to opening the store, they’re also busy redoing the website - we’ll keep you posted on progress. Meanwhile, now’s the time to get a headstart on holiday shopping while they are fully stocked with a vast array of gifts from all corners of the Celtic World.
ED. NOTE: Exclusive offer just for I C & C readers: Get FREE shipping on orders over $50! The discount will be removed after you place your order. Just put the code IC01 in the ‘add a gift card’ section!You can contact the Celtic Attic on line or by phone - and please tell them Bridget & Russ said hello!
9am - 5pm PST Weekdays
On line: http://celticcallings.com/shopping/merchant.mvc?Screen=SFNT&Store_Code=CSC&Affiliate=Bridget
QUOTES, TOASTS , CURSES AND BLESSINGS
"Midnight has come and the great Christ Church bell
And many a lesser bell sound through the room;
And it is All Souls' Night.
And two long glasses brimmed with muscatel
Bubble upon the table. A ghost may come;
For it is a ghost's right..."
William Butler Yeats - All Souls' Night.
JOKE OF THE WEEK
Here's one that's as old and musty as we are - but it's funny all the same:
Paddy, Sean and Seamus were coming home from the pub late one night and found themselves on the road which led past the old graveyard. "Come have a look over here," says Paddy, "It's Michael O'Grady's grave, God bless his soul. He lived to the ripe old age of 87." "That's nothing," says Sean, "here's one named Patrick O'Toole, it says here that he was 95 when he died."! Just then, Seamus yells out, "Good God, here's a fella who was 145!" "What was his name?" asks Paddy. Seamus lights a match to see what else is written on the marker, and exclaims, "Miles fromDublin."
A BIT OF THE WIT
Paddy was walking through a graveyard when he came across a headstone with the inscription "Here lies a politician and an honest man." "Faith now," exclaimed Paddy, "I wonder how they got the two of them in the one grave."
DID YOU KNOW
1. Edgar Allan Poe's father was Irish? A failed actor, David Poe is said to have abandoned his family after the death of Poe's mother, Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins. Edgar was two years old.
2. The crypt of St. Michan's Church in Dublin contains the almost perfectly preserved remains of corpses dating from the Middle Ages? The reason for their preservation appears to be the limestone walls of their tombs.
3. The Fomori are the evil gods of Irish myth?
First off, the answer to our September 2013 Brain Bruiser:
The man who invented it doesn't want it. The man who bought it doesn't need it. The man who needs it doesn't know it.
Q. What is it?
A. Coffin or casket
As always, our Riddle People didn’t let us down, but first in was Kyra Tinker. Well done, Kyra.
And now for our next bit of skullduggery:
You can find me in darkness but never in light.
I am present in daytime but absent at night.
In the deepest of shadows, I hide in plain sight.
Q. What am I?
Please send your answers to Bridget and put Riddle in the subject line. Thanks!
THE WEEK THAT IS
1. County News: The bits and bobs that used to come by mail are now on line here:
2. National News: We keep two week’s worth of headlines and links here:
3. Article: An Irish Hallowe’en
4. Article: Triple Treat for Hallowe’en
5. Article: Creepy Irish castles & houses
6. Article: Creepy Irish Creatures
7. Article: The Dullahan, Ireland’s Headless Horseman
8. Article: Something Wicked This Way Comes
9. Article: Samhain - The Irish New Year.
10. Article: The Day After Samhain - All Soul’s Day
11. Article: Traditional Irish Graveside customs - to fill or not fill in
12. The Irish Kitchen - Barm Brack
13. Basic Irish: Halloween & Samhain
14 Kids’ Ireland: A Wolf Story
15. Music Review: Our resident reviewer William Ramoutar does an overview of Loreena McKennitt’s music
SPONSOR: The Irish Lottery:
In operation since 1988, it's one of the oldest online sites in the world. With subscribers in 89 countries it is also among the most reliable. Jackpots are never lower than US $1,500,000 and are frequently worth in excess of US $5,000,000 Here's the best part - you don't have to live in Ireland to play and all winnings are Tax Free! It’s always been a fantasy of ours that one of readers would scoop the big prize, but you can’t win it if you’re not in it. Play from the comfort of home here:
So there you have it until we write again - probably around the middle of November - or may be sooner. If you were married in October or tied the knot this month, here is your special verse:
If in October you do marry,
love will come but riches tarry
We know this only too well as we were married in October and we’re still waiting on those riches if what is meant is financial wealth. The truth is we have been richly blessed in so many other ways.
Married in November - or looking forward to saying I do? here is your special verse:
If you wed in bleak November
Only joy will come, remember.
If you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary or other special event between now and our next edition, we hope it's an occasion filled with joy and happiness.We’ll ’ll take our leave with a wish for a very happy Celtic New Year to you and yours and an old blessing edited and adapted for Hallowee’n:
At all Hallow's Tide, God keep you safe
From goblin and pooka and black-hearted stranger,
From harm of the water and hurt of the fire,
From thorns of the bramble, from all other danger,
From Will O' The Wisp haunting the mire;
From stumbles and tumbles
and tricksters to vex you,
May God in His mercy, this All Hallows protect you.
And, as they say in Ireland, mind yourself.
All the best & God Bless,
Bridget & Russ
Get down on your knees and thank God you’re still on your feet.
Téigh ar do ghlúine is bí buíoch le Dia go bhfuil tú fós ar do chosa.
DID SOMEONE FORWARD THIS ISSUE TO YOU?
Subscribe for FREE!
Send an email to: email@example.com
OR click on this link:
LEAVE 'EM LAUGHING
A few amusing epitaphs from all over:
On the grave of Ezekiel Aikle in East Dalhousie Cemetery, Nova Scotia:
Here lies Ezekiel Aikle, Age 102.
The Good Die Young.
In a London, England cemetery:
Here lies Ann Mann, Who lived an old maid
But died an old Mann. Dec. 8, 1767
In a Ribbesford, England, cemetery:
The children of Israel wanted bread,
And the Lord sent them manna.
Old clerk Wallace wanted a wife,
And the Devil sent him Anna.
In a Ruidoso, New Mexico, cemetery:
Here lies Johnny Yeast.
Pardon me For not rising.
In a Uniontown, Pennsylvania, cemetery:
Here lies the body of Jonathan Blake.
Stepped on the gas Instead of the brake.
A lawyer's epitaph in England:
Sir John Strange. Here lies an honest lawyer,
And that is Strange.
John Penny's epitaph in the Wimborne Cemetery, England:
Reader, if cash thou art In want of any,
Dig 6 feet deep; And thou wilt find a Penny.
In a cemetery in Hartscombe, England:
On the 22nd of June, Jonathan Fiddle
Went out of tune.
Anna Hopewell's grave in nosburg Falls, Vermont :
Here lies the body of our Anna -
Done to death by a banana.
It wasn't the fruit that laid her low,
But the skin of the thing that made her go.
On a grave from the 1880s in Nantucket, Massachusetts:
Under the sod and under the trees,
Lies the body of Jonathan Pease.
He is not here, there's only the pod.
Pease shelled out and went to God.
In a cemetery in England:
Remember man, as you walk by,
As you are now, so once was I.
As I am now, so shall you be.
Remember this and follow me.
To which someone replied by writing on the tombstone:
To follow you I'll not consent
Until I know which way you went
We saved what we think is the best for last:
Dúirt mé leat go raibh mé breoite.
Supposedly Spike Milligan's epitaph which translates "I told them I was ill."