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Kiss Me I’m Irish

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Being Irish myself, I have friendships from early childhood and today with Irish heritage along with my family of course. Some of my family have had the privilege of traveling to Ireland together. The Claddagh Ireland’s cherished symbol is worn by millions in Ireland and around the world. Throughout each varying symbolism, a single theme shines through, specifically that the ring symbolizes the trinity of “Love, Loyalty, and Friendship”. Many couples choose the Claddagh as wedding rings. Personally, I feel the meaning of wedding rings are often over looked. Focusing more on the size of the stone, style and cost. Forgetting the circle represents the unity of two people coming together as one.

The Magical Legend Of The Leprechaun

As part of Irish mythology you may end up being the luckiest person alive if you ever manage to catch a Leprechaun but there again it could bring more than enough trouble for what its worth. They are very smartly dressed in small suites with waist coats, hats and buckled shoes. As mischievous and intelligent folk they are generally harmless to the population in Ireland, but Leprechaun’s are smart, devious little things  known for playing tricks. It is not an easy task to catch a leprechaun as they remain very well hidden from us humans, after all they are the “luck of the Irish”!

It is said that every Leprechaun has a pot of gold, hidden deep in the Irish countryside. . To protect the leprechaun’s pot of gold the Irish fairies gave them magical powers to use if ever captured by a human or animal. Such magic if capture would be to grant three wishes or vanish into thin air. Leprechauns are also very keen musicians who play various Irish traditional instruments such as tin whistles, fiddle and the harp. They are known to have wild music sessions at night with hundreds of Irish leprechauns gathering to dance, sing and drink. The leprechaun is fond of drinking moonshine, who love to cause chaos around Ireland at night time!

Of course our family has been following the fighting Irish for as long as I can remember. When I was a youngster my parents took us on many family vacations and one happened to be visiting the University of Notre Dame Campus in Indiana. It was a wish my father had that one of us would go to a Catholic college, especially there. As close as we came to that was my brother going to O’Dea Catholic High School in Seattle, WA and I attended John F Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien, WA

I will close with the best story of all. My Grandmother on my Dad’s side of the family was on her death bed in the hospital. When I went in to visit her for the last time she was at peace, she was ready to go home, but she still had the Fighting Irish football game on!