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maggiemahone1 
  Posted: 13-Feb-2008, 11:27 AM
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The day is just about upon to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Does anyone have plans for the big day? Do you cook a special meal, participate or go to a parade in his honor, decorate your home or wear anything that's green to signify the Irish? Let us in on your plans for the big day. Is anyone planning to celebrate in Ireland this year?

Here's a poem why we celebrate on the 17th of March!
St. Patrick's Birthday
On the eighth day of March it was, some people say,
That Saint Patrick at midnight first saw the day.
While others declare 'twas the ninth he was born,
And 'twas all a mistake between midnight and morn;
For mistakes will occur in a hurry and shock,
and some blam'd the babby—and some blam'd the clock—
Till with all their cross questions sure no one could know
If the child was too fast—or the clock was too slow.

Now the first faction fight in old Ireland, they say,
Was all on account of Saint Patrick's birthday.
Some fought for the eighth—for the ninth more would die,
And who wouldn't see right, sure they blacken'd his eye!
At last both the factions so positive grew,
That each kept a birthday, so Pat then had two.
Till Father Mulcahy, who confessed them their sins,
Said, "Ye can't have two birthdays, unless ye be twins."

Says he, "Don't be fightin' for eight or for nine,
Don't be always dividin'—but sometimes combine;
Combine eight with nine, and seventeen is the mark,
So let that be his birthday." "Amen," says the clerk.
"If he wasn't a twins, sure our hist'ry will show
That, at least, he is worth any two saints that we know!"
Then they all drowned the shamrock—which completed their bliss,
And we keep up the practice from that day to this.
(Edited and adapted from Dick's Irish Dialect Recitations, Wm. B. Dick, Editor, New York, Dick & Fitzgerald, Publisher, 1879)


I got this from www.irishcultureandcustoms.com
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Posted: 13-Feb-2008, 01:32 PM
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Nice, It makes sense and it's a good one indeed


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Posted: 13-Feb-2008, 02:35 PM
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The closest I will get to Ireland this year will be watching the QVC shopping channel as they celebrate all things from Ireland that day!

I had an opportunity to go to NYC for the big St. Patrick's Day parade, but sadly had to bow out of that trip.


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Posted: 13-Feb-2008, 05:01 PM
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I always march with my friends in the Baltimore St. Pats day parade. This year it is on the 16th.


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Posted: 13-Feb-2008, 06:47 PM
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CR, what an oppurtunity and how sad that you can't go...

Madadh, thanks for sharing the pics. Is that your lady love in the back with the Irish WolfHounds. I'm trying to figure out what the writing says on your wolfhounds blanket! Inquiring minds want to know! rolleyes.gif

jime, I thought the poem made sense, too. I had never read it before today. Did a google search for poem for St. Patrick The website if very informative...
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Posted: 13-Feb-2008, 07:08 PM
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No the lass in the back is just a friend from the club. The wording on the blanket is "Potomac Valley Irish Wolfhound Club".
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Ooh! Madadh! What a terrific photo! I bet you treasure that one with your Irish dress and dogs. Thanks so much for showing that to us! I love it.


Hey Maggie. I know...boo hoo...but money hasn't been growing very well from our money trees lately and when it does I want to spend it on camera equipment. wink.gif biggrin.gif

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Posted: 14-Feb-2008, 06:37 PM
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What a great poem maggie. I love St. Pats day!

What a great photo Madadh. Thanks for posting that.

Celtic Rose is sad you can't go.. My money tree is covered in snow and I don't know if I will ever see it again..lol.


I plan on spending my St.Pats here with all of you.

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Posted: 15-Feb-2008, 01:48 PM
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Now that Valentine's Day is over, I have to start digging out my St. Patrick's Day decorations. I may start this Monday decorating the house. My focal point will be the dining room. Anyone else in a decorating mood? biggrin.gif
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Posted: 15-Feb-2008, 09:16 PM
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I am! I love St. Patricks day. Can't wait! I always look at your banner to see how close it is.... thumbs_up.gif

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Posted: 17-Feb-2008, 12:12 AM
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Maggie I have my St. Patricks day stuff out, and the flag is out flying.
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always fun around my neck of the woods, what with the mass of anticipation and being a memebr of the united irish societies....parade just is the icing on the cake!!! note.gif beer_mug.gif


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Posted: 20-Feb-2008, 12:04 PM
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Sounds like you folks are as excited as I am!!! I haven't been able to do any decorating. I went to Tn. Sat. evening and got home Mon. morning. I've been helping out with 2 of my grandchildren that's been sick with the flu and 1 that started throwing up last night. I think she may have a stomach virus. Hopefully thing will settle down and I can start getting ready for St. Patrick's Day!
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Posted: 21-Feb-2008, 09:04 PM
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I got a garden St. Pats flag, and I found my door plaque.

My sister and I always make a big deal over March 17th. We send cards and flowers. The day is so much fun.
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Posted: 22-Feb-2008, 07:33 PM
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I put most of my things up. gwenlee, you just reminded me I have a flag. Now where is it..lol... Just dug out the St. Patricks recipe book.

Maggie hope your grandkids get to feeling better. I hope you don't catch it.

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