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Here's an Irish blessing for the day:

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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I know, I'm not supposed to be having any dairy (at least until the concert on Sunday), but...shamrock shake! I love March. I love St. Patrick's Day. This weekend I'm going on my annual green bling shopping excursion to see how ridiculously green and sparkly I can get. The good part is Monday is a dress-down day at work so I can get more creative!

Plus, I have to dig out my soda bread recipe, the pork loin recipe, and go buy some Guinness & Bass (so John can make me Black & Tans - my hands aren't steady enough to make them)! I may or may not experiment with Irish Car Bombs this year...we'll see...

And, of course, make my various mix CDs with combinations of Irish folk songs (Gypsy Rover, Finnegan's Wake, Danny Boy, etc) and modern Irish music or music by Irish artists (Dropkick Murphys, and the other ones I can't remember right now...but I'll post the playlists when I make them!).

My St. Patrick's Day book this year is Princes of Ireland, which I haven't started yet but I will get to after I finish reading Musicophilia (which is a fascinating read, btw).
megotelek: (ireland)
Some history of St. Patrick himself

As I arise today, may the strength of God pilot me, the power of God uphold me, the wisdom of God guide me. May the eye of God look before me, the ear of God hear me, the word of God speak for me. May the hand of God protect me, the way of God lie before me, the shield of God defend me, the host of God save me. May Christ shield me today...Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit, Christ when I stand, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me. Amen.

~The Prayer of St. Patrick

More detailed history/background of St. Patrick
megotelek: (ireland)
On the eve of St. Patrick's Day, here are a couple of my favorite songs for the occasion. The first, "The Unicorn", is one I remember from my childhood and love so very very much. The second, "Four Green Fields", has been a traditional song for us for a long time as well. This version is the live version in which Tommy Makem recites Seamus Heaney's poem, "Requiem for the Croppies", at the beginning. Here is the text of the poem:

The pockets of our greatcoats full of barley...
No kitchens on the run, no striking camp...
We moved quick and sudden in our own country.
The priest lay behind ditches with the tramp.
A people hardly marching... on the hike...
We found new tactics happening each day:
We'd cut through reins and rider with the pike
And stampede cattle into infantry,
Then retreat through hedges where cavalry must be thrown.
Until... on Vinegar Hill... the final conclave.
Terraced thousands died, shaking scythes at cannon.
The hillside blushed, soaked in our broken wave.
They buried us without shroud or coffin
And in August... the barley grew up out of the grave.

And now, the songs...

The Unicorn -

Four Green Fields -

They're from iTunes so they'll be in Apple's .m4a format - let me know if I need to put up mp3s for anyone!
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Ok, on to the myths...

The central myths of Ireland are contained in the Ulster cycle, and within this cycle are tales of Cu Chulainn (or Cuchulainn), the Brown Bull of Cuailnge (Cooley), and interestingly, they are contemporary to the end of Christ's life, and the crucifixion is mentioned in one of the tales; as the sky darkens, the king asks what is causing this, and his druids tell him that Jesus Christ was crucified for claiming to be the Son of God.  The site I linked to has a lot of summary and description, as well as geneaology of the kings and queens, etc.

More later!
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My version of March madness comes in the form of St. Patrick's Day! Time to bake my world-famous soda bread and kick back with a Guinness and watch a movie connected to the Emerald Isle...this year's movie: The Secret of Roan Inish. Last year we watched Michael Collins, and the year before that we went to my parents' house and watched Finian's Rainbow. Good times. From Fred Astaire to Liam Neeson to...Irish actors/actresses who are apparently famous 'cross the pond!

I'm really getting interested in not only Irish history (which I read a lot of last year at this time...) but Irish/Celtic mythology and legends. Thinking about going to the bookstore and burying myself in tales of the Tuatha de Danaan and Cuchullain and their kin. Ooh, I also have to get a good CD of traditional Celtic music for the big day. I've got plenty of folk music, but I'm looking for more traditional instrumental stuff, with fiddle and uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes) etc. If I find any good mythology stuff on the 'net, I'll link to it from here!


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