Patrick was born in Scotland. When he was about fourteen years old, he was captured and brought to Ireland. As a slave, he was forced to take care of sheep. Patrick prayed often during his captivity. The people of Ireland at this time were not Christian. Patrick learned about their beliefs and practices.
When Patrick was twenty years old, he escaped from slavery and returned home. He never forgot the people of Ireland and wanted to return to teach them about Christianity. Patrick began studying for the priesthood and was eventually ordained a bishop. He was then sent by the Pope to Ireland as a missionary.
There are many legends about Saint Patrick. One such legend has it that he used a shamrock, a plant growing in Ireland, to explain the Blessed Trinity. Just as the shamrock has one stem with three parts, there are three distinct Persons in one God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Because of this, the shamrock is the traditional symbol of Ireland.
Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!
Squeeeeee! It’s not too late is it to celebrate National Limerick Day? In our hemisphere it isn’t anyway, so here goes. Ha, ha….!
THERE ONCE WAS A HORSE CALLED HATTINGDON
There once was a horse called Hattingdon.
Who loved wearing hats and having fun.
She wears them all day
To flirt and at play,
Then sleeps in them when day is done.
I’m wearing my Irish inspired top hat cause the limerick is historically associated with Ireland, but . . .
Observed annually on May 12, National Limerick Day celebrates the birthday of English artist, illustrator, author and poet Edward Lear (May 12, 1812 – Jan. 29, 1888).
Lear is known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry, prose and limericks.
National Limerick Day also celebrates the limerick poem. Limerick poems were popularized by Edward Lear’s book “Book of Nonsense” in 1846.
Here’s one of Mr. Lear’s limericks:
THERE WAS A YOUNG LADY
By Edward Lear
There was a Young Lady whose chin
Resembled the point of a pin;
So she had it made sharp, and purchased a harp,
And played several tunes with her chin.
How old are Limericks and where did Irish Limericks originate? Why are there so many Irish Limericks? What is the connection with Ireland?
The rhyme that we refer to as a limerick originated as far back as the 14th century and were extremely popular in both England and Ireland. Irish Limericks are poems and a form of poetry which rhymes. Irish Limericks are simple and short and easy for even kids and children to write or compose.
THERE WAS AN OLD PERSON OF BRAY
There was an old person of Bray,
Who sang through the whole of the day
To his ducks and his pigs, whom he fed upon figs,
That valuable person of Bray.
Hallo there me wee bonnie laddies and lassies. It’s National Tartan Day.
Is plaid a tartan? Is tartan ever a plaid? Well, those are burning questions, but we are not going to try to answer them here today. Take way too long.
But, what do you say to this?
Tartan did indeed originate in Ireland, and it was then introduced to the then unnamed country of Scotland by the Scots, who moved from Ireland to re-found their ancient kingdom, Dalriada. It was they who gave Scotland its name. Source.
The hat Mrs Farrell made (who is a Grant by the way) surprisingly does not use her clan’s tartan in this new design. She was in a “red” mood, so that’s what we got. Oh, and it’s a texturized (TXFX) design too.
Anyway, without further ado here’s my Blair hat.
Byeeeeeeeeeeeee! Luv luv luv ya’s.
Updated 9:58 a.m. Sorry! When planes go overhead in Old Louisville it interrupts our internet a few seconds here and there every few minutes or so and it is hell. I mean hell trying to get anything done. Boo hoo!
Hey there my beloved friends. I feel good. And you my darlings?
Wait till you see what came in at #17, this being March and all. It’s an Irish hat. They say there are no coincidences but ….!
17th Most Popular Hattingdon Classic Hat of All Time
Sans the mane. Just cause you keep asking to see the designs as originally created (most of them anyway) without the mane. Mrs Farrell must come along here and explain herself. It won’t take long.
Pssst! She is still a bit unhappy with me for giving away all of her carrot sweet potato muffins to the staff to distract them so I could peek at the results. I know, I know, I know who won! But I aint’ telling. Mrs Farrell probably would never ever make me another hat ever.
We are almost done with the first week of the countdown. Are you having fun? Any surprises? Got ’em in your pocket? We’ll see!