Tuesday, March 16

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Did you think I could ignore today? A happy St. Patrick's day to all Irish, half-Irish,quarter- Irish, those who would be Irish,those who live in Ireland, those who would like to live in Ireland and those who know someone Irish. I think I've just about covered everything.
Living in England and married to an English man, with English children and grandchildren, I have to celebrate my Irishness. So there's the shamrock cake, green icing of course,Guinness,whisky, cheering for the rugby team. But St. Patrick, now lets say it quietly,he was English! All along the northwest coast of England they claim his birthplace. Morecambe Bay has quite a reasonable claim, the north coast Lakes and some of Dumfrieshire [which says it's Scottish!] also. I joined an Icon painting group last year at Hyning Monastery in north Lancashire. It was not looked upon too kindly that I wanted to paint [or as they say officially] write St. Patrick. There was little to follow, so I kind of made him up.I thought he would be kind, lots of the traditional Icons look quite fierce. As the McClellands came originally from the same area, I thought perhaps he might have a bit of a look of my dad. I thought he wouldn't want to be as grand as some of the other Icon saints. Who knows. I loved making him up. There are lots of things we will never know and sometimes the joy is just to dream!
                I believe that this is where Patrick eventually rested,in this lovely garden graveyard not far from the school I attended in Belfast.They say he was well over a hundred years old when he died,and most of that time he spent in Ireland.So England may have birthed him, but Ireland sustained him. I'm going over for a week to refuel my Irishness and when I come back you may have to get a translation when I talk to you, as Belfast will have done it's job. 
                                        Slainte!

4 comments:

  1. Hello Gerry,

    Thank you for stopping by by blog. Congratulations on yours. Your paintings are lovely. I'll stop by again.

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    Marjorie

    P.S. I have a soft place in my heart for things Irish-there were O'Kellys in my family way back, and my husband's mother was a McCaffrey. I also studied Irish Medieval Art in graduate school-years ago!

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  2. I would celebrate my Irishness if it weren't so watered down so I'll celebrate yours instead!

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  3. I'm half Irish myself so this was very interesting. I must get over there one day to top up my Irish side! It's been years. Where would I go? The south because I love it, the north west because I have happy memories and Ballybay because that's where my father was born.K

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