Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig!

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.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/st-patricks-day-celebrations-see-764482

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 ruthmckeown@eircom.net 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!
Ruth



 

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14 Responses to Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig!

  1. Linda says:

    Happy St Patrick's Day to you. Thank you for the background behind this – I knew some of it but learnt a lot too.Sorry to hear about your brother in law – will keep him and your family in my thoughts and prayers.Shame about your husband's job but sometimes you have to do what is right for you and he obviously thinks this is the right way – I do hope something new will turn up for him very soon.Take care and lots of hugs.Linda x

  2. Vickie says:

    Oh dear Ruth. I am so sorry about your brother-in-law, he is in my prayers now. And Ian's job situation will be prayed for too. Oh my! Not a loss of a job with 7 little mouths to feed! God bless you my friend.♥♣

  3. CalamityJr says:

    And Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig to you! Ruth, I'll certainly keep your BIL and all the rest of your family in my prayers. You have a lot on your plate right now, but remember you have a lot of friends supporting you.

  4. Kim says:

    It is so good to hear from you today-I was a bit worried all week! I am ever so sorry for all you are going through and will say a little prayer for it all. Husband job stress/trouble can be so disheartening. My husband has a terrible wretch of a supervisor right now and she makes life at work miserable for everyone most days. Happy St. Patrick's day to you too, and thanks for the little history lesson. Sadly, this year, this American is not making corn beef and cabbage but there is always next year! 🙂 Please know that I am thinking of you across the ocean and the many many miles between us….*hugs & a smile*

  5. Shebafudge says:

    Happy St Patrick's Day!!!I'm sorry to hear of all the worries you have as a family at the moment. I will keep ALL of you in my prayers.Loved the history of St Patrick, some I knew but there was a lot I didn't so thank you!

  6. Mouse says:

    well you could have warned us to get the cuppa first ..lol happy St Patrick's day love the wee lego man ….sending positive thoughts for both your hubby and his brother too … love your quote as well ..take care and look after your self too you know ok 🙂 love mouse xxxxx

  7. Thank you for the St. Patrick's Day lesson Ruth! I did not know about the connection between snakes and paganism…you learn something new everyday :)I will pray for God's grace for you and your family as you go through this difficult time. Blessings, love and hail (!) from (normally) sunny Southern California –shaunterria

  8. Topcho says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Thank you for the wonderful post. As I didn't really know about this holiday I was just aboutto google it, but this is way better 😉 And it was all really interesting to read. Wishing you and your family all the best. I hope all the hard times pass soon and I'm sending loads of positive thought your way 🙂

  9. Nicola says:

    Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig Ruth.Sending you a BIG hug xxx

  10. Thanks so much, Ruth, for the story and happy St. Patrick's day to you too.Am sorry about hubby's job and pray that things will work out there. I have a saying too "This, too, shall pass."God bless your brother in law and all the family. Not an easy time I know. hugs, babs

  11. Faith says:

    The St Patrick's history is fascinating, I'm embarrassed to admit I didn't know any of it….I want to come over there soon, we've never been before, but I am dying to come and hear the music…..I have a set of uilleann pipes made for me three years ago which barely come out of the box as they are so blinking difficult, but one day it will happen…I am a whistle player and love all things Irish.I am so sorry about your brother in law, that must be so difficult for you all, I will certainly keep him in my prayers. As for your hubby's job, he has definitely done the right thing and I pray that he will be rewarded for his integrity with an even better job with better terms and money.

  12. SoCal Debbie says:

    I love the Irish Lego man! Thank you for the St. Patrick's Day lesson. I didn't know anything about it. We always pinched the other kids at school if they forgot to wear green on St. Patrick's Day!

  13. Happy St. Patty's Day!

  14. Linda says:

    Hi Ruth. So sorry to hear about your BIL. Sending hugs for you and your family. I know things will work out for your husband. Don't worry about the package to me. You can send it when things get better for you.Cyber hugs and prayers….LindaPS Your just waiting for me to catch up with you on Robin Hood. lol I'm only about half done. Just posted a pic on my blog.

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