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may the sun shine warm on your face, may the wind be always at your back

 

An Irish Blessing (A Blessing from St. Patrick)

May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

May the rains fall soft upon your fields,

And, until we meet again,

May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

(Traditional Irish Blessing; origin unknown, attributed to St Patrick)

A few years ago (ok so probably 13 years ago) my sister and her husband moved to Ireland.  The Celtic Tiger had just woken up and the Irish Economy was booming.  Them two were IT experts and my sister was hired by a large corporation in Ireland to be their IT person.  She did all sorts of wonderful things, none of which I could explain to you since none of it makes any sense to me.  I am so not IT literate and most of the time her IT language was like gobbledy gook to me.  I knew she was speaking English but the words she used had no meaning in any context for me.  I guess that’s how a foreigner would feel landing on our fair shores for the first time.

Anyhow, I flew over to join them in October 2001 to help her celebrate her 30th birthday and as mentioned in a previous post, I never went home again. 🙂  (I now live in London) So, arriving in Ireland was like a bird being let out of a cage and I revelled in the freedom I found there.  I also fell in love with the people, the culture, the history, the towns and villages and just about everything Irish, especially the music and the dancing.

I also loved the fact that in the far distant past on my paternal grandfather’s side we have Irish lineage, in fact I believe that we are distantly related to Jonathan Swift.  Although I am not sure I should mention that coz of course history tells us he went insane.  Mind you, one would have to be a bit daft to write that kind of story.   So whereas in the past I did not much contenance the fact that I had Irish heritage, and pretty much ignored it, once I arrived in Ireland I found a new sense of historial root attachment and made much of the fact.

One of the many things I discovered about Ireland that I loved, and there are many many things, was the above Irish blessing.  I think it is one of the loveliest combinations of English (Irish?) words  in history.   The Irish people are true poets at heart, can wax lyrical on just about any subject you care to mention, and some of the most well known poets and literature giants of history are Irish.  They have a way with words.

So in closing, wishing you all a very happy St Patrick’s Day and may the wind be always at your back.

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