Happy St. Patrick’s Day
I’m Irish. Well, Irish, Scots, Welsh, and more. And St Patrick’s Day is a favorite for me — the parade in Spokane, which I often miss now, is a lively and irreverent, but friendly raucous gathering of everyone who loves merriment. It’s filled with fun activities for everyone and every age. Crowds line the street and cheer; our grandkids thought this was their favorite parade as we meandered the streets afterwords, listening to bagpipe groups wandering through the crowds and restaurants, performing at request.
And it reminds us to live fully, no matter our troubles– to keep our stories alive with hope.
What are some things to know about the Irish… a few are:
You can see the Book of Kells online here; scroll to folio 27v and folio 34r for more beautiful pages and zoom in!
How about illustrating a poem for National Poetry Month like these gorgeous pages?
Share it on your blog!
What does Ireland look like?
I found a photo essay by an historian here: Irish History Podcast Photo Gallery. Included are essays and podcasts.
Perhaps you could create your own drawing based on one of the images and write a poem or story to go with it — adding in a border illustration like the Book of Kells.
Share on your blog.
How about an Irish story?
Good luck! Click a book on this page to find many stories from Ireland: Library Ireland Folklore ! Which one did you find?
Perhaps you can draw a story map of one of the stories and create an illustrated border like the Book of Kells to share on your blog!
What are other resources?
I discovered this old site, some of the links don’t exist anymore, but most do. It’s the Luminarium — see what you can discover. You can discover a “name generator” to generate an Irish name or your characters! You will find history. You can learn about Irish fairies!
Create something to share based on what you find!
Drawing, story, audio retelling, map…
What’s the difference between the Irish shamrock and a clover?
According to plant experts…. Look here.
According to IrishCentral… Look here.
According to Sharon at Dave’s Garden… Look here.
And according to the Smithsonian… Look here.
What do you believe? What’s your story about the shamrock [after all, you’re able to write your own version]!
Perhaps you could draw your shamrock and write a poem or your own Irish blessing on each leaf.
Share it on your blog.
I think the shamrock is wood sorrel, because here it is in my yard– spreading good luck and sunshine to all ! And that’s like the Irish, my ancestors!
And, to hope you’ll have good luck, here’s a pic of my four-leaf clover, found in my back yard many, many years ago:
Photo / Poetry by Sheri on Flickr
Photo of my Four-Leaf Clover on Flickr
Photo of wood sorrel by Sheri
Other credits with photos as captions or links.
Cross-post at WhatElse
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