The Emerald Isle...the land of contrasts.

An Irish Blessing

May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two...
May the sun always shine on your windowpane,
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain....
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

An Old Irish Toast

May your neighbors respect you,
Trouble neglect you,
The angels protect you,
and heaven accept you.

An Irish Saying

"There are no strangers here--
only friends that haven't met yet"

The Legend of the Shamrock

Though the Harp has been adopted as their National Emblem, it must be acknowledged that the Shamrock is considered by most people both in Ireland and abroad as the true deep rooted symbolism of Ireland and its National identity. Internationally, the "Green Shamrock" is synonomous with Ireland.

The coming into prominence of the "dear little plant" in Ireland dates back to the period of The National Apostle, St. Patrick's introduction of Christianity to the people in the 5th century. Legend has it that St. Patrick, during the conversion of Ethne the Fair and Fidelma the Ruddy daughters of the High King of Ireland, explained to them his religion, telling them that his God was the God of all things and he explained the mystery of the Trinity. Taking up the Shamrock, he pointed out that as the three leaves grew from one stem, so did three Divine persons partake of the same Divine Nature. There is a tradition that St. Patrick, on many occasions, so used the Shamrock in his preachings. Thus the Irish at home and abroad have a deep affinity with the Shamrock.

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