Happy St Patrick’s Day

The Green, White and Gold flutters proudly on the breeze.

Early morning Mass to honour St Patrick our Patron Saint.

The Blessing of the Shamrock ……

My sister’s and mine shining brightly, freshly picked by my Father that day in the early morning mist.

Green ribbons in our hair fastened in place by My Mother.

A sea of green as far as the eye can see.

A smile, a nod, a word softly spoken. The shamrock fastened proudly to every lapel.

A rousing Irish jig and reel to a faint lilting melody.

The Marching Bands, the Irish Dancers, dressed in shades of emerald green to the colours of the rainbow.

Then the floats magnificent and majestic in all their splendour. Leprechauns and Fairies abound.

The Little People in search of the crock of Gold….. Magical, Mystical……

Music and laughter spill out onto the streets. “Ceol agus Craic” on every street corner.

Guinness flowing freely into the early hours of the morning the shamrock floating on the top!

A day that no one wants to end.   A day of hope, and happiness, warmth and friendship, love and laughter.

A great day to be Irish!  A proud day to be Irish!

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig! – Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!