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This clip has been around for a couple of years but I just discovered it — and I’m glad I did! Today, because it’s Saint Patrick’s Day, many of us will don the green, toast our friends, and be on the lookout for leprechauns.  As the world pretends to be Irish for the day, I thought I’d share one of my favorite things Irish — Irish Dance.  Warning:  if you’ve never done this type of dancing before, you might not want to attempt it for the first time at your local pub on St. Patty’s Day.  Just sayin’.

 

 

Old Irish Blessing

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

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Don't Kiss Me I'm Not Irish

Try as I might, I haven’t found anything quite as much fun for St. Patrick’s Day as the What’s Your Leprechaun Name chart I posted last year.  So, I’m giving you Grumpy Cat — and some quizzes.  If you like trivia and don’t mind a few ads here and there, check out these links:

  • Irish Abroad’s How Irish Are You? Quiz  This site posts a new quiz every week to test and improve your knowledge of Ireland and its people.  Based on my success so far, I’m only sort of Irish!  I think I need to brush up on my Irish trivia for my great-great grandad’s sake.
  • Irish Trivia No quizzes here, but lots of trivia.  Pick your favorite topic, Literature, Music, Sports etc. or go for the General categories and you’ll be ready to rock that Kiss Me, I’m Irish shirt tomorrow!
  • Fun Facts About St. Patrick’s Day  An older post by yours truly.

Top o’ the Day to Ya!

Sprinkles O’Rainbow

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What's your leprechaun name

I found this cool chart on the Pride of the Irish facebook page and almost disregarded it because if I don’t bend the rules, I end up with the name Stumpy O’Rainbow.  Stumpy — but I’m 5’11!  Sigh . . . I am the short one of the family however, so I guess it works.  I much prefer bending the rules though and using my given name, Rebecca, so that I can be Sprinkles O’Rainbow.  Yes, that’s much better!

I shared mine — what’s your leprechaun name?  Feel free to bend the rules — you know a real leprechaun would!

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  • St. Patrick’s given name was Maewyn Succat; he was born in Britain and he wasn’t always a Christian.  Kidnapped and sold into slavery in Ireland when he was 16, it’s believed that he formed his religious beliefs during this time.  After escaping back to England, he became ordained as a priest and then returned to Ireland to convert the Celts to Christianity.
  • Shamrocks have long been associated with St. Patrick because legend has it that he used a three-leaved clover or shamrock to explain the concept of The Holy Trinity – The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit – and how they could all exist as separate elements of the same entity.
  • Why do we wear green?  Most sources credit the shamrock: St. Patrick’s followers adopted the custom of wearing a shamrock on his feast day, which led to the phrase and later the song “the wearing of the green“.  As going all-out-green seems to be a U.S. tradition, there’s also the possibility that those of us wishing to become Irish for the day have chosen the green of the Irish flag to express our Irishness.  Superstition may also play a part — word on the street is that if you wear green a leprechaun can’t see you, but if you don’t wear green he’ll see you and pinch you.
  • Where does the saying “Kiss me, I’m Irish” come from?  This one’s a bit tricky to nail down but the consensus seems to be that kissing the Blarney Stone brings you good luck, but if you can’t kiss the Blarney Stone, the next best thing is to kiss an Irish person.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona dhuit/dhaoibh or Lá le Pádraig dhuit/dhaoibh

(Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!)

For Further Reading:  Discover Ireland, Basic Irish Language, Maewn Succat

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