I was reminded of my Irish connections by the blog written by Susan P. Cooper http://findingourwaynow.com/2015/03/irish-blessing.html – Irish Blessing: #Poem
I wrote in the comments box:- “Hi Susan, I have not been in touch for a while but delighted to read your blog. Janet and I have some very special memories of Ireland –
honeymoon in Dublin and fifty years later back there to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary last year! I am thinking of writing a short blog featuring Irish music because of you!”
I have been to Ireland many times for both pleasure and business and the Irish always say “If You’re Irish (Come Into the Parlour). Click this link:-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCueMl54FdQ
Well, I am pleased to tell you that my mother’s grandmother came from Ireland and I always feel a sense of wellbeing when I hear about the good times we have had in Ireland. Of course St Patrick’s Day is very special for the Irish, the world over! The New York Irish celebrations are legendary.
Janet and I had our honeymoon in Dublin in 1964 and last year we returned there just before Christmas to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary! We visited the Guinness Museum and of course drank a pint each of the black nectar! Trinity College where the Book of Kells is housed; O’Connell Street with the timeless River Liffey with its famous bridges and Dublin Castle.
“In Dublin’s Fair City…” as the song goes which has been associated with Dublin.
And don’t forget Molly Malone!…
We have visited many parts of Ireland over nearly 60 years and before I met my wife, my friends Peter Chantry and Gave Eggerdon and I went on holiday to Killarney and Sneem several times – what memories! Oh! and the Ring of Kerry and the Kerry Dancers!
In 1969 Janet, her mother and Aunt and I did a round trip all round Ireland in the August starting on the MotorRail link from London to Fishguard then over the Irish Sea to Rosslare, Dublin, Athlone, Donegal, Galway Bay, Limerick and all down the West coast to Killarney. travelling back through Macroom, Blarney Castle, Cork, Waterford and back to Rosslare! We got back to England well before October.
“Oh The Days Of The Kerry Dances” And now for something different!
I remember attending a Conference and Exhibition in Dublin on behalf of the National Outdoor Events Association in the early 2000’s with Steve Warner, our President. It poured down with rain for four days and the major consolations were the lovely hotel where we stayed and pints and pints of Guinness!
Hold on there! Susan P Cooper has inspired me to write about the Irish on St Patrick’s Day! But I must stop if I am going to publish this blog on 17th March 2015. By the way it is the birthday of my niece Judy today! Happy birthday.
Finally one of mine and I am sure of you all, one of the best loved Irish songs of all time! It has been sung by so many well known singers but today there is is no contest who I chose to do the honours! Of course – Daniel O’Donnell – Danny Boy
Happy St Patrick’s Day to all our Irish friends and neighbours around the world.
I hope you enjoyed my meanderings through my Irish Connections – it has been a ball!
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