Greetings from the Emerald Isle on this our national holiday !
I bid you all Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig ! which in English is just the Blessings of St Patrick.
This here in my pic is Ruairís little Leprechaun and we’ve named him Seamus (Shay-mus) and is just James in Irish lol.
Today we encourage the wearing of green and shamrock and anything in general Irish related.
In lots of towns, villages and cities in Ireland we shall all be out at parades all decked out in green and our tri colour and we shall all celebrate with a pint of Guinness.
We are also playing rugby today so we shall be shouting on our lads in green also.
We here in Ireland are not the only ones to celebrate this magnificent festival, the world is getting in on the act this year also as some major landmarks are being illuminated green around the world to celebrate.
Check out this link to read more about it and to check out the awesome pictures.
Here is a little history behind St Patrick, this story about the snakes has been passed down and the story of the clover being used to teach about the Trinity are all stories we as children would have learned and which we indeed pass on to our children.
St. Patrick was born in Wales around AD 385. Before becoming St. Patrick he answered to the name Maewyn and, until turning 16, he identified himself as a pagan (no real shocker there, as most people back in those days were pagan). It wasn’t until he was kidnapped by Irish marauders and held as a slave for six years that he turned to God.
After his escape from slavery he went to Gaul and studied in the monastery for 12 years. It was during this time that he came to believe that he must convert pagans to Christianity. For 30 years he traveled through Ireland establishing monasteries and successfully converting pagans to Christianity before dying on March 17 in AD 461.
There is much folklore about St. Patrick and what he did as he traveled around Ireland converting the pagans. One of these is that he drove the snakes from Ireland. That should not be taken literally, for “snakes” refers to the pagans that he converted to Christianity. Snakes, for those who may not be aware, are symbolic for pagans and if you see someone wearing a snake pin or other piece of snake jewelry on March 17 chances are they are pagan.
He also used the three-leaved clover in his travels as a tool to teach the Irish about the Trinity. Each of the three clover leaves, he would explain, represented the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The shamrock was adopted as a symbol of St. Patrick’s Day as a result. Of course there are other symbols of this day including the leprechaun and wearing green, for example.
Thank you all for your thoughts on last weeks post as it was done in a hurry I didn’t get to explain fully really. My husbands brother is very ill with cancer and so your thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated, he is only 20 and its a lot for him and indeed all of my husbands family to have to deal with.
We have been having other issues with my husbands job and he’s been left to feel he’s no other option to resign. I won’t go into the ins and outs of it. This is all what I will say on this matter, wrong is wrong no matter who is doing it and they will have their conscience to deal with before to long.
We will pull through and hopefully work will turn up for my husband before to long, as long as we are all together as a family nothing is insurmountable.
The mantra I always live by is…”There’s nothing bad that could be worse” ! Something I’ve been having to remind myself of a lot over the last few weeks.
I have gotten round to a few blogs for a look see but will be getting back to my blog reading over the next week, I’ve missed out terribly on seeing what you have all been getting up to. I’ve not been able to stitch much only managing a total of 5 hours over the last couple of weeks. I can’t settle my brain to much but hopefully now I can.
I do want to say Linda from Stitching with my Furbabies, your parcel will go out this week, with everything that happened I didn’t get to the post office.
Also I am waiting on Jennifer M, who won the Robin Hood give away, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your snail mail addy and I will post your package out to you also. If I hear nothing I will pull another name next weekend from those entered.
Nicola from Stitching from a Cornish Coast I did receive your parcel safely and thank you so much its a beautiful chart and I can’t wait to stitch it and your boxer card was gorgeous !
I am sorry for such a long post and I hope I remembered all that I sat down to say and to thank.
I think perhaps you all need a cup of tea and some biccies if you’ve gotten this far.
I won’t say when my next blog update will be but will hopefully contain progress on stitching and knitting pieces. Both are wonderful stress relievers !
Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig!