Eire: Land of Saints and Scholars


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In case it slipped your mind, today, March 17th, is the Feast of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland and the man who, legend has it, rid the Emerald Isle of snakes.

All across Eire, and in any other country where fine Guinness is drawn, it’s Paddy’s Day, the diminutive for Pádraig (Patrick).

Paddy’s Day has a special meaning for me as I’m half Irish, with roots on both sides of my family tree hailing from Counties Sligo and Wexford. Over the past couple of years, I’ve paid numerous visits to the “old country” to see for myself.

If you’ve never been to the “land of saints and scholars,” what are you waiting for?

Happy Paddy’s Day to you!

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  1. Those photos are brilliant Tom. Judging by all the places you visited, you must have had an excellent tour guide! Orna 🙂

    1. To be honest, Colleen wasn’t half bad, driving everywhere, describing all of the sights and finding the best smoked salmon pate’ on the planet! You should use her next time you visit the Emerald Isle. 🙂

  2. My grandmother on my mother side was 100% Irish and she married my grandfather who was English, my great grandprents from Ireland hated him, but he owned a farm with cows and sheep. So love goes.

  3. Haven’t been to Ireland since the mid-70’s, but I remember it as a jewel of a country, filled with green fields edged in stone walls (from clearing the fields), a country that seemed to have been shrunk. I’d love to go again, especially now that I’m old enough to drink and love Guinness. 🙂


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