Monday, March 17, 2014

Erin Go Bragh

Meaning, Ireland Forever!
Greetings blog friends and Happy St.Patrick's Day.
I've made a meal of Corned Beef and Cabbage
to celebrate this day with my family.
And to share with you, my post from the past
with a bit of history and pics.

Being Irish is a blessing to me and I look forward to this day each year. St. Patrick's Day brings back many memories growing up and our home celebrations with special meals and Irish music. My Father was Irish and my grandfather was from Dublin. I have not been to visit, but look forward to a trip one day.

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. Meaning, "The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit." The Shamrock is regarded today as the national plant of Ireland and worn in many forms on St. Patrick's Day.

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. He married a wonderful girl,my grandmother also from Ireland, and they had three children, one of wish was my father.
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 Irish books, and beautiful pictures from them to share! From a pair of vintage Irish bells, pottery and shamrock bowl, gorgeous green hutch, ending with inspiring 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!

Thank you for stopping by for St.Patrick's Day." May the road rise up to meet you, and may the wind always be at your back."

ERIN GO BRAGH "Ireland Forever"
Blessings, Celestina Marie~
As a note~
I just want to thank you for the kind comments and emails on my new blog name and dot com.
I appreciate your best wishes and encouragement.
You are such great friends!
Wishing you Southern DayDreams!!


Anonymous said...

Hi Celest! Oh, you are Irish! I love this. I have just a tiny little drop. Great post. I've never been to Ireland but it's on my bucket list!
Thank you so much for the tips on pillows. I've just been stumped and your ideas will certainly help me. I like the idea of one image on a solid background! You're so smart! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi Celestina, Great story, what a great family heritage you have, love your blog header picture, my great grandmother from County Cork, best of luck with your .com!

1CardCreator said...

And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you're dead. Happy St. Patricks Day to you too Celeste. I am 1/4 Irish, my grandmother was born in Ireland. Thanks for sharing today. ~Diane

Donna said...

Happy Saint Patrick's Day, Celestina! That is so neat your grandpa was born in Dublin! Thank you for sharing some of the wonderful history of this beautiful land, it truly is one of my very favorite places that I've visited! I'm mostly Irish as well, another reason you and I are kindred spirits:) Have a great day, hope you are wearing some green!!

Jan Hermann said...

Happy St. Patty's Day to you, Celeste! ♣ I enjoyed your story about your heritage. I always have corned beef for the day myself. Usually, it's with potatoes, carrots and cabbage, but today, I decided to make it plain...with only the traditional seasonings. I want to have Reuben Sandwiches!!! And I want to try an Irish Salad with Corned Beef, too!


Dorthe said...

I wish you a wonderful Sct.Patrick`s day dear Celestina, I can imagine it is an importent part of your life, celebrating a day like this, having family coming from Ireland.
Enjoy your wonderful meal, and this day !

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Happy St Patty's Day Celeste! Love your history info. My hubby's maternal grandparents were Irish & Scottish. There's so many family stories that make things so interesting.It's wonderful that you have an Irish dinner every year. Our niece has one every year and we are looking forward to some special family time with all next Saturday!

Much love & Irish hugs, Edie Marie

Sola Scriptura said...

Lovely post. We don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day here in Scotland (We have St. Andrew's Day on 30 Nov). I hope you've had a lovely day and enjoyed your special meal :)

Julie Marie said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you too dear Celeste!... thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and some history... I love all of your pretty treasures!... and all of your books look fabulous!... Jack is Irish too so we celebrate big... his family all came from Roscommon... enjoy your corned beef and cabbage... ours is simmering in the crockpot right now, with Irish coffee for dessert!... xoxo Julie Marie

Cynthia said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Celestina! I enjoyed reading your history. May you and yours be blessed, today and everyday. Cynthia

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you too Celestina!! Enjoy the day:-)

Anonymous said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day. I enjoyed the family history, information and photos.

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you too!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful family stories.

Denise said...

Such a lovely post. Wishing you a very blessed St. Patrick's Day.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I loved learning some more about Ireland here! Thank you.

Nancy said...

Happy St. Patricks Day Celeste!! Such a wonderful post thank~you for sharing it with us!! No drop of Irish here :( 75% French and 25% Scotch. Sounds like your making a lovely dinner, Enjoy your day with your Family. To me there is nothing better than a wonderful meal with my family!!

Huggs, Nancy

Anonymous said...

Happy St.Patrick's day to you, what a wonderful tribute to Ireland!!!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

You are way more Irish than I am, but my children have Irish on both sides, so we love the connection. We loved our time in Ireland and have to go back sometime. Until then, Happy St. Pat's! So glad you had a successful transition with your blog!

Red Rose Alley said...

How special it is for you to have this Irish heritage. I was married by a Catholic Irish priest and he was from Dublin also. He was such a jolly dear friend to us. I loved the little green porcelain figurines. They're so cute. Your corned beef and cabbage must taste delicious.

Happy St. Patrick's Day.


Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

A lovely post, full of Ireland. Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Celeste - a delightful post and thoroughly enjoyable. I spent two weeks in Ireland last November and loved it; want to return asap. I've yet to do a travelogue but have some photos on my St. Patrick's day post.

romance-of-roses said...

Oh Celestina, what a lovely post. My husband is also Irish and his family was from Dublin. One of my daughters has been to Ireland several times, she loves it there.
Irish Blessings...Lu

Stef@ said...

Oh, what a marvel Ireland! He has always had a special meaning for me .. who knows maybe in a previous life I was Irish? haha! It would have been nice! Happy St. Patrick's Day even if it's just gone through the post. Very interesting!

Melanie said...

Loved this post! I did not know about St. Patrick, I learned something good today! The pictures are lovely, loved the Irish bells! Thank you for sharing this with us, I enjoyed reading this post!

Jillayne said...

I also love your new blog name - it's enchanting!
My husband's mother's family was from Ireland, and he himself is itching to go - I believe they were from County Tyrone, in the north... it's a delightful looking isle and I hope we do get to visit someday.

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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..