On St. Patrick’s Day…

This is going to be a smattering of thoughts and proverbs and songs about/by the Irish.  Some more well-known than others.

I’ll start with one of the most well-known Irish Blessings:
May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
May the rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand


Now, on with the St. Paddy’s Day party…here’s a really popular drinking song…”The Wild Rover” as performed by The Pogues


Here’s a saying I once saw on a bumper sticker:

God invented whiskey to keep the Irish from ruling the world


It did manage to keep poor Tim Finnegan from ruling the world…


Somehow, we did manage to keep reading and writing and religion alive during the Dark Ages, though, according to Thomas Cahill.  You can read about it in his book “How the Irish Saved Civilization.”  It’s a very interesting read.  As for it’s accuracy and veracity, I’ll leave you to do your own research.

On the subject of history, I’d be remiss if I didn’t include The Chieftains in this post.  Widely credited with being THE group responsible for the popularity of Irish music worldwide, The Chieftains have worked with lots of artists, including Sinead O’Connor on “The Foggy Dew“, a wonderfully sad and powerful song that describes the Easter Rising of 1916.


Here’s another nice blessing.  It would be great if it were this easy, right?

“May those who love us, love us; and those who don’t love us, may God turn their hearts; and if He doesn’t turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles so we’ll know them by their limping.”


And now, it’s time to close.  “Good night and joy be with you all.”  Slainte!


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