Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

We’ll be wrapping up our feature of “All Things Irish” this week…stay tuned for a few more Irish “treats”!

St. Patrick's Day HistoryYour guide to “All Things Irish”:

 What one Irish American thinks about St. Patrick’s Day

 How we can use the “luck of the Irish” in our everyday lives

 Why the Irish just can’t help their “fighting irish” instincts

 What traditional Irish songs you’d likely hear in a bar in Dublin

 Why you should watch the Irish movie “Some Mother’s Son

Delicious Irish dishes you’ll want to try

Irish songs to sing, bake and riverdance to (with recipes)

A classic Irish american novel by Alice McDermott

And a little bit of that classic Irish humor…

Irish humor

A Daily Dose of Irish Luck

Famous Irish blessingIn celebration of St. Patrick’s Day 2015, ATG is exploring “All Things Irish” for the next couple weeks. Below ATG contributor Laura O’Neil reflects on the meaning of the “Luck of the Irish.” Stay tuned for more! 

Familiar especially to those of Irish descent, both young and old, is the Irish Blessing displayed in part as a photo in this week’s Rose’s Ridge post about Irish American culture:

May the road rise to meet you

May the wind be always at your back

May the sun shine warm upon your face

And rains fall soft upon your fields

And until we meet again

May God hold you in the hollow of His hand

These words adorned not one but two walls in my grandmother’s house. They never really meant that much to me when I was younger, but with each passing year, they have come to be a calming source of inspiration, reminding me to keep on moving along, to continue hoping, and to have faith that even if it doesn’t seem possible, things will fall into place. Read more