Wednesday, March 10, 2010

St Patricks Day

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St Patrick's Day is celebrated world wide on 17 March each year.

This excerpt is taken from Sydney's St Patrick's Day Organization Website.

"In Ireland St Patrick’s Day is a holiday but increasingly people from all around the world gather to celebrate all things Irish.

We are all familiar with the street parade, family picnic, green t-shirts, Irish dancing, music and pints of Guinness that signify St Patrick’s Day in Sydney – but what do we know of St Patrick himself?

St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and is the person celebrated on Ireland’s national day.

Ok, so he wasn’t born Irish but he has become an integral part of the Irish heritage. His services across Ireland in the 5th century are said to have brought religion to the country. Legend also has it that St Patrick used a shamrock in his preaching to explain the Holy Trinity and that he was responsible for banishing all the snakes from Ireland."

Here is some beautiful music from Ireland's most melodic heavenly singer, Enya and her song Orinoco ( Sail Away ) !!!

Quick Irish Lesson

Cén fáth ? Why ?
Cén áit ? Where ?
Una atá orm. I am called Una.
Gabh mo leithscéal ! Excuse me !
Tá go maith ! Alright !
Más é do thoil é ! Please !
Go raibh maith 'ad ! Thank you !
Tá fáilte romhat ! You are welcome !
Cén chaoí a bhfuil tú ? How are you ?
Oíche mhaith ! Good night !
Mar sin é ? Is that so?
Muise ! Indeed !

Irish Toast

May your glass be ever full.
May the roof over your head be always strong.

And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you're dead.

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