Mar 17

The Irish Diaspora

On this day in the month of March people in many parts of the world celebrate the culture of Ireland. The St. Patrick’s Day Holiday brings out all those who claim some ancestral link to Ireland. Even people of non-Irish heritage want to join in the fun of singing and drinking. While the Irish people are stereotyped for a love of the drink, not all descendants of the Emerald Island are drunkards. There are many a successful businessman from good Irish stock, plenty of authors, poets and playwrights too. In previous posts I’ve shared info about the Irish and their Celtic origins, with links to Irish songs and famous Irish sayings you can read here, and here. Links to learn about some of the more well known Irish poets as well as the Irish Blessing which is worth repeating;

An Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sunshine warm upon your face, the rain fall softly upon your fields

And until we meet again, May the good Lord hold you in the palm of his hand.

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Driven by poverty and the abuse inflicted upon them by British who controlled Ireland for many centuries, many a young man and woman fled their homeland in search of a better way of life. A link to learn more about the Irish Diaspora (word from the ancient Greek language meaning to scatter). Follow this link to learn of the 10 countries with the most Irish immigrants. This link enumerating how many Irish currently live abroad.

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Irish Heartbeat is one of my favorite songs related to the people of the old country;

IRISH HEARTBEAT

By Van Morrison

Oh won’t you stay
Stay a while with your own ones
Don’t ever stray
Stray so far from your own ones
‘Cause the world is so cold
Dont care nothing for your soul
That you share with your own ones

Don’t rush away
Rush away from your own ones
Just one more day
One more day with your own ones
‘Cause the world is so cold
Don’t care nothing ’bout your soul
That you share with your own ones

There’s a stranger
And he’s standing at your door
Might be your best friend, might be your brother
You may never know

I’m going back
Going back to my own ones
Come back to talk
Talk a while with my own ones
‘Cause the world is so cold
Don’t care nothing ’bout your soul
You share with your own ones

Oh won’t you stay
One more day with your own ones
Don’t rush away
Rush away from your own ones
This old world is so cold,
Don’t care nothing for your soul
You share with your own ones

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Here is an interesting link to read one bloggers favorite things Ireland. In it you will find some wonderful links for further reading from great authors and poets.

Follow this link to learn about the symbolic meaning of the shamrock or clover.

Lastly, go to this link to learn about the symbolic meaning of the harp in Irish culture. The harp is recognized as the national symbol of Ireland.

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