PADDY'S DAY | IRELAND I LOVE YOU!
Día dúit gach dúinne!
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone. My St Patricks Day generally goes like this - put on my green and my shamrocks, go to church (lets not forget the whole point of the day is celebrating the birth of Christianity in Ireland), attend a parade in my local town, have a nice family meal and then head out for a few Guiness' with my friends at night. Nothing too exciting! but I do love the day because I always feel so patriotic, proud and happy to be 100% Irish. I really do love this little emerald isle and I thought why not devote a blog post to my home!
I thought I would talk about some of the things I love that are uniquely Irish.
- The Slang - I could probably write a whole blog post with only Irish colloquialisms and no one outside of Ireland would know what in the name of God I am talking about, even though it's English! I have a really close online friend from New Zealand and it takes me so much longer to type up her messages and emails because I'm always like, wait, that's an Irish thing, she wouldn't know what I mean. I think it's pretty cool how we have a kind of secret-language that you'll get if you're one of our 4 million.
- Gaeilge - Speaking of secret languages we have our own amazing ancient language! Ireland is a bi-lingual country. Every road sign, government document, most things really come in both English and Irish. Only 41% of people can speak Irish in Ireland and those who can were encouraged to do it more last week for Seactaine na Gaeilge (Irish language week) Little things please me more than hearing people having a conversation in Irish and I heard it so much in the staffroom this week. Personally, I can understand it very well but I'm not the best at speaking it myself.
- GAA - (Gaelic Athletic Association) Along with our own language we have our own uniquely Irish sports. Hurling and Gaelic football are by far the most popular sports in Ireland. Every year in September over 82'000 people fill out Croke Park to watch the All-Ireland finals for hurling and football and if your county is in it it will basically be all you hear about for weeks and every house will be flying flags of the county colours.
- Music - In Ireland music flows as easily as conversations. I love how we are such a teeny country with a very low population but we have one of the most defined cultures in the world and music and dance of course is a huge part of that culture. It would be hard to find a city in the world that doesn't have an Irish pub where live traditional music is played.
- The Scenery - Of course this is something I take for granted, but every now and again, usually on a glorious sunny day I will stop and realise just how beautiful my surroundings are. Or when I visit somewhere new and see it with fresh eyes. It really can take my breath away from times to time. The rolling green fields and rugged coastlines are the best.
- The People - Judging by my interactions with non-Irish people I really think the Irish humour and mannerism is very unique and I'm not sure if everyone would 'get it'. We talk a lot and enjoy nothing more than sharing stories over a cup of táe. I have been to some big cities where there is a high population so I can definitely tell the difference when I come home. Most strangers are very polite and friendly to each other and generally people have time for each other. I love that.
- Literature - They say 'Ireland may not have created the English language but they arguably perfected it' From James Joyce, to Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw. "The English language brings out the best in the Irish. They court it like a beautiful woman. They make it bray with donkey laughter. They hurl it at the sky like a paint pot full of rainbows and then make it chant a dirge for man's fate" - T.E Kalem. Irish writers won the Nobel Prize for literature 3 times in the 20th century which is pretty remarkable for an island nation of 4 million you must admit!
And come on...What other little country could colour the world for a day!
Ok, that's enough of me blowing my own horn haha! I won't do it again for another year I promise. Have a lovely week everyone!
*All images were sourced on Google Images
Go raibh maith agat agus Slán go foill.