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Wednesday, March 16, 2016


By Caroline Clemmons, filling in for Joan Reeves, whose daughter is having surgery today.

Sure and ‘tis one o’ my favorite holidays—Saint Patrick’s Day. And why is that, you may ask? No gifts to buy, no decorations except the green wreath on our door, and ‘tis a simple day to observe. So, join me in honoring Ireland—everyone’s Irish on St. Paddy’s Day!

Greet someone by saying, “Top o’ the morning to you.”
Your friend should answer, “And the rest o’ the day to yourself.”

"St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time -- a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic."~~By Adrienne Cook.~~
"Ireland is rich in literature that understands a soul's yearnings, and dancing that understands a happy heart."~~By Margaret Jackson.~~
"Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat."~~By Alex Levine.~~
"Maybe it's bred in the bone, but the sound of pipes is a little bit of heaven to some of us."
~~By Nancy O'Keeefe.~~
"In Ireland the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs."
~~By Sir John Pentland Mahaffy.~~
"There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting."~~By John Millington Synge.~~

Irish Sayings
A man that can't laugh at himself should be given a mirror.
A narrow neck keeps the bottle from being emptied in one swig.
Morning is the time to pity the sober. The way they're feeling then is the best they're going to feel all day.
You can lead the horse to the well, but you can't make him drink.
Better the coldness of a friend than the sweetness of an enemy.
Be nice to them on the way up. You might meet them all on the way down.
If a man fools me once, shame on him. If he fools me twice, shame on me.
Let your anger set the sun and not rise again with it

Irish Toasts

May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
Slow to make enemies,
Quick to make friends,
But rich or poor, quick or slow,
may you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.

Cliffs of Moher
May the face of every good news
and the back of every bad news be towards us.

May the road rise to meet you,
may the wind be always at you back,
the sun shine warm upon your face,
the rain fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again may God hold you in the hallow of his hand.

Blue Building is the B&B where Maureen O'Hara
stayed during the filming of "The Quiet Man"

May the roof above us never fall in
and may we friends gathered below never fall out.

May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow,
and may trouble avoid you wherever you go
Blarney Castle
St. Patrick was a gentlemen who through strategy and stealth 
drove all the snakes from Ireland,
Here’s a toast to his health,
But not too many toastings less you lose yourself
And forget the good St. Patrick and see all those snakes again.

May you have warm words on a cold evening,
a full moon on a dark night
and the road downhill
all the way to your door

A jaunty cart in Killarney

May the good saints protect you,
and bless you each day,
and may trouble ignore you,
each step of the way

Those things I warmly wish for you-
Someone to love,
Some work to do,
A bit O' sun,
A bit O' cheer,
and a guardian angel always near
Thatched cottages in Adare

Health and life to you,
The mate of your choice to you,
Land without rent to you,
and death in Eirinn

Stone fences

May the lilt of Irish laughter lighten every load
May the mist of Irish magic shorten every road
May you taste the sweet pleasures that fortune are bestowed
And may all your friends remember all the favors you are owed

May you always have these blessings--
A soft breeze when the summer comes
A warm fireside in winter
And always--the warm soft smile of a friend

Connemara stone fences


As lovely as Eirinn's rolling Hills
Fair as its lakes and streams
Joyful as it laughter,
Bright as all its dreams,
Lucky as its people,
Happy as its leprechauns too,
May that be how each and everyday,
Will always be for you

And if you enjoy a touch of Ireland, let me tell you about my FREE book, THE TEXAN’S IRISH BRIDE.


  1. The Texan's Irish Bride was a wonderful book! I may have to reread it in honor of St. Patrick's Day! Loved your post!

  2. Lovely post. Thank you for sharing a bit o' Irish with us.

  3. Thank you, Caroline, for stepping in and blogging for me on my blog day. Last week was crazy with all the hospital stuff. That's behind us, and we're in recovery phase now. Also, thanks for the free book! Can't wait to read it.


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