Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day 2011

Greetings Blog Friends, Happy St.Pat's Day to you and yours. I have been a little under the weather and did not have time to write my traditional Irish post, so I will share a post from the past.
Thank you for stopping by with your thoughts, prayers, well wishes and emails while I have been away. It meant so much to me. Hope to see you again soon.

Ireland is about the size of West Virginia, and this tiny island has some of the richest history of the Western world. Some important dates are 600 B.C. when the Celtic arrived on Irish soil. In A.D. 432 St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland. During the time from 500- 800 known as the Golden Age of Ireland, great music, literary creativity made Ireland the most accomplished in Europe. When the Vikings invaded Ireland in 800, they founded the first towns including Dublin in 988. In 1002 Ireland is united for the first time under one leader and by 1801 Ireland is part of the United Kingdom. 1845 saw a million and a half Irish starve to death due to the Great Potato Famine and a million more people emigrate to avoid the same fate. By 1922 Ireland becomes a free state within the British Commonwealth except for six counties of Northern Ireland which still remain part of the United Kingdom. Leaving the year of 1949 to see the twenty six counties of Ireland become an independent republic.

St. Patrick is the man who converted the Irish to Christianity and is the most famous Irishman of all time. No one is sure where exactly the patron saint was born or buried, but they do know when he died, which is March 17Th. So on this day, the Irish worldwide celebrate the holiday in honor of his name. The shamrock is the symbol of Ireland and comes from Gaelic Seamrog, which refers to the plant's three leaves. As the story goes, It was in a heated debate with a Druid priest that St. Patrick bent down, picked a shamrock and used it to demonstrate the Christian trinity using the three leaves held together by one single stem. We don't really know for sure if the story is true or not, but still regarded today as the national plant of Ireland and worn in many forms on St. Patrick's Day.

William Churchill once said," We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English"

My grandfather was from Dublin and came to this country residing in Pennsylvania in 1921.

Here is a picture of Dublin today overlooking the River Liffey. Shown is a portion of the Ha'penny Bridge. The Dome building in the background is the Custom House.

Some of my favorite books!

Some pictures from the books to share! Pottery and shamrock bowl, ending with spring roses!

I hope you enjoy a bit of the Irish on St. Patrick's Day and may your day be filled with blessings and good cheer! The following pictures are a bit of Irish in my home.

Thank you for stopping by, Hope to see you again soon. ERIN GO BRAGH "Ireland Forever" Smiles, Celestina Marie~


Betty said...

I am so sorry to hear that you have been sick. I know that alot of people have come down with a virus that is going around. I hope you get well soon and take care of yourself. I hope You and Your Family have a nice St. Patricks Day.

Julie Marie said...

Hello dear Celeste... I am happy to see this post from you, and hoping you are feeling much better... sending lots of love and Happy St. Patrick's Day thoughts your way... what an interesting post this is... Jack is Irish, so we celebrate big!... His grandmother was from Roscommon, Ireland and one day I hope to visit there... I love all of your books on Ireland, and your little touches of Ireland in your home... will chat with you soon, when you are feeling all better... xoxo Julie Marie

Anonymous said...

Top O' the Mornin'!!
I decided to reopen my blog after nearly a year of "rest'! Hope you'll stop by & follow me again.....

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Rose told me about you not feeling well. I have been thinking about you and hoping you feel much better.

Mihaela Nica said...

Ciao Marie
Si sente profumo di primavera !
Un abbraccio,

Unknown said...

Celestina, so sorry to hear you are not feeling well. Your post about Ireland is lovely. I enjoyed reading about it. Hope you are feeling better soon. I always enjoy my visits to your blog.

Createology said...

Such a lovely post to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. May you feel better and have a speedy and complete recovery. Top 'O the Morning to You...

Mariette said...

Dearest Celeste,

That was great news to read you were released from the hospital. Hope they did diagnose you right as it certainly was a big scare! Stay calm girl, I had NOT expected you to produce already such a lengthy and wonderful blog...
A big hug and lots of love coming your way; viral, in the snail mail and on my blog...


Shabby Cottage Shops said...

What a lovely post about Ireland! The background music is so soft and relaxing. Read you weren't feeling quite up to par, hope you feel better soon!

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Celeste,
May angels bless you!!! And may you be "in the pink" soon, dear friend.

A Hint of Home said...

Hey There,
What a sweet and informative post!
I hope you had a good day yesterday and today!
Hope all is going well for you.
Take care of yourself and I'll be praying for you.

Unknown said...

That's quite a heritage you have there CM...a true Irish Italian!

I do hope you are feeling much better soon...I'm sending you lots of cuddles.

Warmest Hugs,
Sandi @ Ess D'Ess Bears and Bearly Sane Studio

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

I enjoyed reading your St. Patrick's day post and a lovely way to celebrate this special day.
Thank you for sharing and I hope that you are feeling better and having a lovely weekend


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Celeste .. with many thoughts and all the best for a gentle, restful recovery - healing needs time .. a big hug is coming your way .. Hilary

~CC Catherine said...

Hi friend. Guess what? I have been doing some genealogy and for the first time in my life realize I have strong roots in Ireland. My paternal great grandmother's family hailed from there and I was just amazed, as I thought that my heritage was mostly French. The more I research, the more I learn. So~we have something in common friend! I'm truly praying you are feeling better...and that you are getting the rest you need. Enjoy this day, as it is the Day the Lord hath Made! :) Hugs...

chicroses said...

Here I am and I havent been around lately to say Hi! Anyway hope you are feeling sorry you have been sick. I love your Ireland history.I want to go there so bad..dh dont fly.Anyway my son was there on St.Patricks day a couple yrs ago. He had a ball. He said irish people love americans.They went to little town of Kurloch to celebrate and they played cowboy music and asked him if he had been to Nashville. Anyway my family came here from there in 1700s.Ship captains.Love your little rabbit. I have opened up an antique shop so have been so busy...take care Sally

Lore♥ said...

Todo mi cariƱo para ti amigo!
siempre es lindo pasar por aqui

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..