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May the road rise to meet you,  May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your faceThe rains fall soft upon your fields and,Until we meet again,May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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Facts about Ireland

St Patricks Day in Chicago

Irish Culture in America

Prayer to St Patrick

Corned Beef and Cabbage

A Dessert Treat

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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

The Rose of Tralee

Irish Lullaby

The Kesh Jig

The Garry Owen Jig

St Anne's Reel

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St. Patrick was a Christian missionary given major credit for the conversion of Ireland from paganism. So many legends surround his life that the truth is not easily found

St. Patrick was born the son of a Christian in what is now britain. As a teen Patrick was kidnapped by an Irish raiding party and forced into slavery. After six years he escaped and made his way back home. Soon after, Patrick received a divine call in a dream to return to Ireland as a Christian missionary. After being ordained as a priest, he traveled to Ireland to spend the rest of his life converting pagans, founding churches, and ordaining clergymen. It is agreed that St. Patrick was the leader in the Christianization of pagan Ireland.

St. Patrick became a hero in Ireland, so much so that there are no fewer than 60 churches and cathedrals named for him in Ireland alone. Perhaps the most famous of these is the giant St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, the grounds of which bear the mark of the site on which St. Patrick baptized his converts.May St. Patrick guard you wherever you go and guide you in whatever you do--and may his loving protection be a blessing to you always.

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Legend of the Leprechaun

A leprechaun looks like a small, (ugly) old man about 2 feet tall  leprechaun.   He is usually dressed like a shoemaker, with a cocked hat and a leather apron. According to legend, leprechauns are aloof and unfriendly, live alone, and pass the time making shoes.
Leprechauns possess a hidden pot of gold and treasure hunters track down a leprechaun by the sound of his shoemaker's hammer. If caught, he can be forced to reveal the whereabouts of his treasure, but the captor must keep their eyes on him every second. If the captor's eyes leave the leprechaun (and he often tricks them into looking away), he vanishes and all hopes of finding the treasure are lost.

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The Blarney Stone (Kiss It)

Here's a little history of the castle which the Blarney stone is located. Priod to Cromwell's successful acquisition of the Castle, the Earl of Leicester was commanded by queen Elizabeth to take possession of the Castle. Whenever he endeavoured to negotiate with McCarthy, King of Munster, McCarthy suggested a banquet or hunting party to delay the matter. However, when Elizabeth requested progress reports she remarked that his reports were a "lot of Blarney." In 1703 the Castle was sold to Sir James Jefferyes Governor of Cork.
The Blarney Stone is a stone set in the wall of the Blarney Castle tower in the Irish village of Blarney. Kissing the stone is supposed to bring the kisser the gift of persuasive eloquence .
One legend says that an old woman cast a spell on the stone to reward a king who had saved her from drowning. Kissing the stone while under the spell gave the king the ability to speak sweetly and convincingly.
Tourists are still kissing the Blarney Stone today!

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The Shamrock

The Shamrock was used by St Patrick in the fifth century to demonstrate the Mystery of the
Holy Trinity to the Ancient High Kings of Ireland. The word is derived from the Irish 'seamrog',
meaning 'summer plant' and it is worn by millions of people all over the world on St Patrick's Day.
To this day the Shamrock remains one of Irelands most famous emblems

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Just One More Thimg. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my
Sister-in-Law Sheila Miller.  She is a St. Patrick's Day baby.

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