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On Saint Patrick's Day Know What It's Really Like to Be Irish

February 24, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 179

I am one hundred percent Irish. "I was born and bred in Ireland" as they say, they of course being the Irish. I want to share with you a little background on the history of Ireland. If you are a dedicated celebrant of Paddy's Day, this article is for you. On Saint Patrick's Day know what it's really like to be Irish.

When most people think of Ireland, the first thing that comes to mind are the lush green fields, beautiful landscapes and rolling hills that are adorned by castles, churches, monasteries and abbeys.

These monuments complement the rugged and natural beauty of the countryside that is sparsely dappled with small towns and villages. Not to mention the charming stone walls and untroubled farm animals adding to the peace and tranquility as they graze the homesteads.

As the Irish themselves would put it, "Sure isn't it a sight for sore eyes".

People also think of Saint Patrick's Day celebrations, shamrocks, leprechauns, forty shades of green and of course the renowned thirst quencher of Paddy's Day, a pint of green beer.

While this is all undeniably true. Saint Patrick is a much-loved and celebrated saint and the beauty of Ireland knows no bounds, the real Ireland is in the people themselves.

The Irish were once an uneventful peaceful nation until the invasion of the Vikings in the 9th century all the way through to the invasion of the Normans in the 11th century. These invasions were immediately followed by the submission to the British Monarchy from the 12th to the 20th century.

The resilient nature and moral strength of the Irish, together with their undying jovial spirit raised them above invasion, famine, war and suppression, to be a well-liked nation rich in culture and Celtic heritage.

The Irish people today, as in the past are characterized by a sense of community and history. They have taken their history and embraced it as the core of who they are with their music, song, dance, myths, legends and stories.

As children growing up in Ireland, we learned of all the invasions and wars, the famine and the strife. We knew of every leader on both sides of the argument, every date of every battle and every treaty signed.

There was not a stone unturned when it came to teaching the history of Ireland. It was sung in songs, played in music, lamented in poetry, and narrated in stories.

Out of all those ashes, rise the great martyrs and heroes, who acted on logic, ethics, and passion, while staying committed and optimistic about the future of Ireland.

They were driven by their vivid and well-defined dreams for Ireland and the Irish. Their motivation was strictly the promise of the future.

These men and women were leaders who attracted followers. They pulled people in and brought them along by giving them hope. Their passion, their commitment and their optimism, over an eight hundred year span of tyranny and strife, gave the people of Ireland the rebirth of their nation.

In turn, the Irish as a whole held on to their faith and strived toward the revival of education, sport, drama, literature, music, the Gaelic language and Irish independence.

If you were to visit Ireland today, you would see evidence of the many battles lost with the crumbling castles and fortresses. No doubt you would acknowledge those ruins and absorb a moment or two of history, but you would not dwell on them. Your attention will be drawn to the people who embrace you with an Irish welcome.

As you mingle with the Irish and enjoy their culture with them, you will become one of them and that unfading jovial spirit will rub off on you.

When it comes time to give your words of farewell and you leave the shores of Ireland behind, you will take away with you a subtle, but yet tenacious flag of fire. It is then on Saint Patrick's Day you will know what it's really like to be Irish.

My name is Annette O'Leary-Coggins. I am Internet Marketer. I am also an Irish storyteller and enjoy sharing my leprechaun folklore with children and the young at heart.

Visit my children's website and watch my live storytelling videos. Also get a free copy of my beautifully illustrated e-book, Nanny Reilly. It is guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart.

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