SAINT PATRICK'S DAY

I'm wearin' my green today, are you?
Now, you know that's what you're supposed to do!
No matter where you came from, it's safe to say
we're all a little Irish on this day.

The little Irish flag is on my lawn
and the winter's flag is now ALL GONE!

I respect my Irish friends-especially this day
and as my Mama used to say:
"May the Lord keep you in His hand
and never close His fist too tight".
and we'd say an Irish prayer at night.

My Mama was Irish with auburn hair
and the bluest of eyes seen anywhere
She loved Irish music and knew lots of songs.
She taught them to me so I'd sing along.



She always longed for the fields of green
and the heather-like none that we have seen.

She came to this country years ago
But left her heart in County Wicklow.
With her stories, she'd take me to her fair land
She had many pictures she kept on a stand.
I could see the longing in her face
as her thoughts took her back to that beautiful place.

Mama never returned to Ireland
which was always her dream
-but if Heaven is so beautiful and so serene
then there must be a touch of Ireland there
and Mama's back home-in Wicklow fair.



Rights reserved-Kacey

Don't miss the second page link at the bottom.
It has information about St.Pat's Day parades.



Some information about Irish Heather:
Also known as Ling, this well-known plant grows abundantly
on acid soil over mountains, moors and bogs throughout Ireland.
Its blossoms paint the landscape with a pale purple from July to October,
its tiny 5mm long bell-shaped flowers growing in abundant spikes
and its dark-green, scale-like leaves in pairs
along the slender stems. This is a native plant belonging to the family Ericaceae

A personal Record by Zoe Devlin published by the Collins Press Cork
is available in all good bookshops or visit the Collins Press website
He First identified this plant near Derrynane, Co Kerry in 1977
and photographed it on the Wicklow Gap, Co Wicklow, in 2004.



Heather is well-known in our folklore and the following comes from Co Tipperary:
Little Heather, Fraoichin, Freeheen.
This used to be the name the townspeople in Tipperary, Cashel
and other towns used call the people from our local bogs
who used sell loads of turf in the towns.
The tops of the loads were bound with heather hence the name
'The Freeheens from the bog of Ballymore'

From the National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin. NFC 266:60/61.



white heather you are said to be in for some good luck.
The origins of this are said come from Scotland where the
purple variety was stained by the blood of the Picts,
-the white variety being left unstained and therefore lucky.
Heather is the national flower of Norway.

'How oft, though moss and grass are seen
Tann'd bright for want of flowers,
Still keeps the Ling its darksome green
Thickset with little flowers.

(John Clare, quoted by Ann Pratt, 'Wild Flowers' (1857)




Weird and wonderful facts about St.Patrick's Day!

Lyrics to favorite Irish songs.







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