The Luck of the Irish

St. Patrick's Day PostI’m not sure I believe in luck even though it might seem that some people have their fair share of good fortune in life while others seem to go from one pickle to the next. I like to think that we’re all capable of bringing good into our lives and we all do. I guess sometimes we overlook the smaller things, looking, instead, for something truly miraculous to land in our laps. They say good things come in small packages and I think that’s true. Some of the most wondrous things in this world are things that money can’t buy and can be as “small” as a smile from a stranger, a kind word, a cup of coffee, or a sympathetic ear. All good fortune in my book!

Seeing how tomorrow is St Patrick’s Day, this idea of luck, and just what it means, has been playing on my mind this evening. I did a little digging to see just where this term, “Luck of the Irish” came from. One source tells me that it doesn’t actually mean good luck, but rather bad luck and is mean ironically as it is used to describe the sad and tragic history of the people of Ireland. According to this, the Irish people were actually unlucky since they had to leave Ireland in order to survive. Another theory is this: The phrase originated in the US and was used by the people of America to describe the Irish emigrants who found their ‘Pot of Gold’ in the Gold and Silver mines. So there you have it, two totally opposite theories which enforces my idea that there are always two sides to every story.

So whether you’re Irish or not, and whether you feel your lucky or unlucky, I wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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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