Friday, March 17, 2017

Erin Go Bragh

Meaning, Ireland Forever!
Greetings blog friends and Happy St.Patrick's Day.

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 his father 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 in Irish history 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 and  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 was united for the first time under one leader
 and by 1801 Ireland is part of the United Kingdom.

In the year 1845 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.

 In 1949  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 this 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 Charles was from Dublin and came to this country residing in Pennsylvania in 1921.
 He married a wonderful girl , my grandmother Rebecca also from Ireland,
 and they had four children, one of wish was my father Joseph,
sisters Kate and Mary and youngest brother Charles.

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.

 The photos below share some of my favorite books
along with a few treasured keepsakes I enjoy and display this time of year.

I hope you enjoy a bit of the Irish today
and may your day be filled with blessings and good cheer!

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

 "Ireland Forever"


Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I enjoyed reading that. You do have a lot of Irish in you!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I hope your day is filled with magic.

Unknown said...

Celestina Marie, Happy St. Patrick's Day! Have Great Blessed Irish Day!

Anna said...

Happy St Patrick's Day !
You really have to go visit this country...

Debbie Harris said...

Celestina, I LOVED this post, thank you! I situated the history you have shared with us on St Patrick's Day.
My husband and I are on the road heading south and I shared this post with him too, he enjoyed it as well.
My grandmother's family, dad's side is Irish, O'Brien. A family full of fun and laughter and quite loud at family gatherings. My grandmother was the best of the best,I only hope to be as lovely, fun and joyous as her.
Have a beautiful day and Happy St Patrick's Day to you and yours~~

Valerie-Jael said...

Ireland is a most wonderful country, and I hope you can go there some day. Happy St Patrick's Day, hugs, Valerie

NanaDiana said...

What a wonderful post today, Celeste. I loved all the history you included here. My grandmother was from Ireland- Irish Catholic. She married my English grandfather ( Church of England) and both families disowned them so they came to the states and he bought up 1500 acres in the mountains of PA and was part of a large Irish settlement. I love all things Irish and I, too, hope to visit Ireland one day. xo Diana

Linda M. said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day Celeste, My youngest brother had his DNA done and since we share the same parents I assume we share that DNA. Anyway his DNA shows 11% Irish and I was thrilled to hear that. I have always wanted to travel to Ireland and I hope to do that one day. Thanks for all the history. I'm afraid we may also have some of that Viking blood, I only hope it was love. Hugs, Linda

The Bear's Blog said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day from "The Gang"

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Happy St Patrick's Day to you. What wonderful history about Ireland. My ex's grandmother came from Ireland. Thank you so much.

It was good seeing that you posted again. Hope you are well and enjoying good weather.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Donna said...

Happy St. Pat's Day, Celestina! I do hope you make it to Ireland some day, you would love it! I've got corned beef and cabbage going right now in the crock pot, yum!

Alessandra said...

What an interesting post. Happy S. PATRICK'S day, dear friend. I love your beautiful pictures
Hugs Alessandra

Kim said...

I love the history you shared, both in general and your family's. Enjoy the day and all the memories it brings back to you! ;)

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Thank you for the history on St. Patrick, my friend. Ireland was our dream vacation that my late Beloved and I took. Ahhhh such memories! I hope you and your sweetie are able to go one day. Happy St. Patrick's Day blessings to you. ☘

Unknown said...

I was born in Ireland, but only stayed there for my first three weeks :) I'm looking forward to visiting it this summer with my mom. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Kerri said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I always assumed you were ... We have a lot in common. I was named after my Dad and he was named by my great-grandfather who was Irish. County Kerry, Ireland. I'm listening to satellite radio today, they are playing Irish jigs and reels all day ch.28 :)

Enjoy the rest of your day my friend!


Katie Mansfield said...

Great post. I love shamrocks for this very reason.

Dianna said...

I did not realize you were Irish, Celeste. What a rich history you have! Thank you so much for sharing. Happy St. Patrick's Day. xx

Homemaker' said...

Celeste - Thanks for sharing the rich history of Ireland! My grandmother came over from Ireland, so I enjoy the heritage as well. : ) Hope you had a wonderful day and have a great upcoming weekend. Erin Go Bragh

Stephanie said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day, sweet Celestina! This was such a delightful post and I thoroughly enjoyed the history of Ireland. My dear great-grandma Maxie was Irish so I have a touch of Irish in me. How I would love to visit Ireland some day.

Love and hugs to you!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

Hope you had a happy St Patrick's day dear friend. I enjoyed reading about your lovely family history. My Fathers family were from Ireland so I am proud to have that heritage also.
Sending love and hugs and wishing you a great weekend

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Happy St Patrick's Day Celeste & Larry! Hope it was wonderful. Our's was the best ever - Our son, Thom, is finally here living with us. It was a great celebration! Love & blessings to you both!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Thanks for the history of St Patrick's day...I did not know most of it! I especially like the symbolism of the shamrock. I hope you enjoyed your day!

Createology said...

I have always been very fond of St. Patricks Day and once many decades ago had a wonderful boss who was pure Irish. I want to visit Ireland. Thank you for sharing such a great history lesson as I never paid any attention in school. Top O'the Mornin to You Dear...

krishna said...

Love, love, love.... love to read the history.. love all the pictures... Happy St. Patrick's Day.. hug..

Conniecrafter said...

very interesting I did not know most of that so it was a good read for me :) I sure do hope that you will be able to visit Ireland one day :)

Jill said...

What a precious story! Hope your St. Patrick's day was wonderful!


handmade by amalia said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I enjoyed learning a little about the history of Ireland and your own personal history.

Creations By Cindy said...

Ireland sounds like it would be a very interesting place to visit. Loved all your pictures dear lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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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..