This file include Ireland and St. Patrick's Day.

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Quotes and Misc

Irish ABCs

(compiled mostly by Bonnie Jasperson)

Page Idea: Forty Shades of Green

This is a great title page or ending page for a trip to Ireland.

Draw an outline of Ireland whatever size you want. Make a duplicate copy of the shape. Draw a one-inch grid over the duplicate shape. (use a larger grid if the shape is very large). Number the pieces to help in reassembly then cut them apart.
Cut the pieces from duplicate or extra photos or cropping scraps. Use everything green--clover, grass, fields, foliage, trees, etc. All the inner pieces are just squares but the edge pieces will require a pattern.
Adhere the squares to the shape on the page. For a somewhat different look you can cut the pieces smaller so there is a little white space between them. You can also cut the pieces free hand if you like a slightly irregular look.
Use quotes from the song below on the pages.

from Forty Shades of Green

(Johnny Cash)

I close my eyes and picture the emerald of the sea
from the fishin' boats at Dingle to the shores at Dunardee.
I miss the River Shannon and the folks at Skibbereen
the moorlands and meadows and their forty shades of green.

But most of all I miss a girl in Tipperary town
and most of all I miss her lips as soft as eiderdown.
I long again to see and do the things we've done and seen
where the breeze is sweet as shalimar and there's forty shades of green.

I wish that I could spend an hour at Dublin's churning surf
I long to watch the farmers drain the bogs and spade the turf.
to see again the thatching of the straw the women glean
I'd walk from Cork to Larne to see those forty shades of green.

Irish Blessing

And those who don't love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn't turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So we'll know them by their limping!

Using a green pen, I bordered the page with the Victorian ruler and wrote the "blessing" on the border, starting in the upper left. I cut out three hearts and arranged them like a shamrock (I freehanded a paper stem) near where the "blessing" began. (Cropgirl)

Irish Friendship Wish

May there always be work for your hands to do
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

The Shamrock

For each petal on the shamrock,
This brings a wish your way,
Good health, good luck, good happiness,
For today and everyday.

An Irish Prayer

May God
Grant you always . . .
A Sunbeam to warm you,
A Moonbeam to charm you,
A Sheltering Angel
so nothing can harm you.
Laughter to cheer you,
Faithful friends near you,
And whenever you pray,
Heaven to hear you!

When Irish Eyes are Smiling

When Irish Eyes are Smiling,
Sure it's like a morn in spring
In the lilt of Irish laughter
You can hear the angels sing.

When Irish hearts are happy,
All the world seems bright and gay
And when Irish eyes are smiling
Sure they steal your heart away.

Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

St. Patrick's Day Celebration!

Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter
Lullabies, dreams and love ever after.
Poems and songs with pipes and drums
A thousand welcomes when anyone comes . . .
That's the Irish for you!


 Three Irishmen, Paddy, Sean, and Shamus, were walking home late one night and found themselves on the road, which led past an old graveyard. "Come have a look over here," says Paddy.
"It's Michael O'Grady's grave, God bless his soul. He lived to the ripe old age of 87."
"That's nothing", says Sean. "Here's one named Patrick O'Toole. It says here that he was 95 when he died."
Just then, Shamus yells out. "But here's a fella that died when he was 145 years old!"
"What was his name?" asks Paddy.
Shamus lights a match to see what else is written on the stone marker, and exclaims, "He was Miles, from Dublin."

Songs about Ireland

Songs about St. Patrick's Day

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