Erin Go Bragh

Strange title, don’t you think? I love these St. Patrick’s Day postcards and the idea that cards were actually sent out to mark this occasion way back in the 19oo’s and before.

resizeAs I was scanning these very old St. Patrick’s Day postcards I noticed that some of them had “Erin Go Bragh” written on them. I had no idea what it meant. It’s actually a Gaelic phrase used to express allegiance to Ireland. It is most often translated as “Ireland Forever.” Who knew? Well maybe some of you did.

My Great -great-grandfather came to Nova Scotia from Ireland. My dad used to like to joke that he had been run out of Ireland for stealing sheep. Apparently, that’s quite a popular story among those of Irish descent when, in fact, it means they came over when the potato famine was on.

ErinGoBraghPatrick'sday1St. Patrick'sRegardless of whether you’re Irish or not, I hope you enjoyed these cards. I have more more yet to scan, but will wait to post them another year.

I love the idea of St. Patrick’s Day and the fact that it is still being celebrated today.

Erin Go Bragh!

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  1. Although I don’t have Irish roots, I enjoy St. Patrick’s Day. These vintage postcards are wonderful to see. Sad that cards aren’t sent for special occasions much any more.

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    • I agree that it’s a shame we don’t send out cards. I’m sure much of that has to do with the scandalous cost of postage these days.

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  2. I like the creativity applied in the making of old cards like that.
    My dad’s mother’s side of the family – probably my great-great grandparents, too – came over from Ireland. I agree: Erin Go Bragh!

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    • Cards were way more important back 100 years ago. Many people don’t even send Christmas cards these days and I think that’s a little sad.

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  3. These are beautiful old postcards. I like the old style cards; they were so creative. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. What lovely old cards! My roots are Irish and I enjoy indulging myself with lots of greenness on the 17th. You could ask my children about school lunches bearing green-tinted milk and green cream cheese sandwiches, or green oatmeal porridge for breakfast! Did you know that in the USA they colour the Chicago River green for the occasion? I might have to recirculate an old post I did about it: http://careann.wordpress.com/2009/03/17/a-green-moment-in-time/ . Go n-eírí an bóthar leat. (May the road rise up to meet you.) ;)

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    • I do believe I’d heard about the Chicago River.Thanks for posting the link, Carol. I’ll check it out! Just looked, but am unable to view the video. :(

      Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!

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      • Sorry about the link, but I replayed a post on my blog today that includes the video if you want to see it.

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  5. angela wilson

     /  March 15, 2014

    I come from Scottish and Welsh descent but I am more than happy to celebrate with the best of ‘em! And I think it should say: Erin Go Braghless! heheheheh

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  6. Judi

     /  March 16, 2014

    Nice, are these from the album?????

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  7. What lovely cards. Thanks for clearing that up–I may have heard what Erin go Bragh meant, but I’d surely forgotten.

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